Dev Ops: Inject speed and agility into software delivery

What is Dev Ops and why do you need it now?

DevOps joins four practices that were previously intentionally separated by silos – Development, Staging, Release, and Operations. The walls between those practices were erected to separate skill sets necessary to conduct the practices as well as prevent the effects of a mistake in one practice from destroying the results downstream.

So why is DevOps desired or necessary at this point in time. Why is it important. As is typical, innovations born out of necessity have created ways of doing things faster, easier and more efficiently. The silos have broken down to avoid delays and replication in processes. But in order to achieve a desired DevOps end-state; different workflows, resources and technology must be brought to bear within the organization. 

With a decade of practicing agile development and DevOps.  Weil & Jones is experienced at delivering high quality software products quickly, enabling its clients to focus on areas that match their expertise.

Planning for DevOps

When Apps meet Containers and then meet the Cloud and distributable Microservices what do you get? You get infrastructure that delivers an Amazon type impact to the delivery of product - such as your user-facing applications.

Apps | Cloud | Microservices | Containers  

How is this achieved? It starts by thinking modular - creating Microservices – single-function services built by small teams, independent from other functions, which communicate only through public interfaces. It's a re-imagination of enterprise app development for faster, easier, and less error-prone provisioning and configuration that improves delivery to market.

Clients hire us to help them assess and rethink applications and infrastructure. We recommend viable approaches based on relevant factors, available resources and constraints of each client. Our steps include:

  • Kickoff > Consultative call
  • Identify > Virtual consultations
  • Strategize > Strategic engagements available for in-depth plan development
  • Gather > Business and technical use cases/requirements
  • Understand and decide > Make the most informed decision

Successful DevOps implementation: Key goals

  • Developer productivity: Developers spend less time packaging and deploying and more time developing product features for end users - especially important at a time when developer resources are scarce.
  • Utilizing Microservices: Instead of large monolithic applications, application design using architectures composed of small, single-function, reduces the unintended effects associated with making changes in one part of a large monolithic program.
  • Flexibility: Microservices allow you to share functionality across multiple applications reducing the need to rewrite common functions for each application. With containerization you can update, restart, and scale components of an application independently – without unnecessarily taking down the whole app.
  • Less complexity: Container image files (snapshots in time) are made up of a series of layers which can be used to simplify when trying to achieve continuous integration and deployment or at a minimum speed-up deployment times and if new features are rolled out that aren't received well it is simple to roll back safely.

Tools, technologies & concepts we use

Kubernetes | GoLang | Jenkins

Kubernetes, GoLang and Jenkins are all open source solutions we utilize to support DevOps in respect to integration, management and deploying of applications. Kubernetes for instance is an open source solution for managing, automating and deploying containerized applications.

Our services offerings and staff augmentation personnel leverage these technologies. When you contract with Weil&Jones to support your systems, databases, and applications—you now that we are experienced in using the tools that can optimize product delivery. Our modular approach to application design and deployment management provides you with the services that best support your organization's DevOps goals and current capabilities.

  • Scalable Levels of Service
  • Access to Expert Engineers
  • 24x7x365 Remote Hands Capability

Turn it on

Scaling | Program management

When you start using more containers and containerized apps broken down into many pieces management and orchestration get tricky. Eventually, you need to take a step back and group containers to deliver services – such as networking and security – across containers.  

Fundamentally while containers can encapsulate and isolate applications the largest benefits come from packaging and architecting applications in a new way. Utilizing our expertise and technological resources dedicated to DevOps, its management and related technologies we can help you create highly productive operations for your organization.