Jelastic Founder – Insights into the Evolution of Built-in DevOps Features in Cloud Platforms

| July 23, 2014

ruslanRuslan Synyntsky, is founder and CTO of Jelastic. With over 15 years in the IT industry, Ruslan is an expert in large-scale distributed Java applications and enterprise platforms. Before founding Jelastic, he led engineering teams at the Space Agency, Ukrainet iQueLab, SolovatSoft, and Datamesh.
Because he is so awesome and ridiculously smart, asked him to contribute an article about the evolution of built-in DevOps features in cloud platforms.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

These days DevOps is being widely adopted by many IT organizations. Such IT organizations become more agile and reliable, deploying code more frequently with fewer bugs and failures. DevOps helps to get better IT performance and build additional competitive advantages, and companies with high-performing IT organizations are twice as likely to exceed their profitability, market share and productivity goals.
The adoption of DevOps is being driven by factors such as agile development methodology, significantly increased rate of production releases, wide choice of public and private cloud platforms, and a wide range of tools for data center automation and configuration management.
Today there are many different automation tools on the market that are used by DevOps teams for provisioning, orchestration and configuration management (Puppet, Chef, CFengine, bcfg2, Vagrant, Fai, Kickstart, Preseed, Cobbler), for build and deployment automation (Jenkins, Maven, Ant, Cruisecontrol, Capistrano), for infrastructure monitoring (Zabbix, Nagios) and application performance measurement (NewRelic, AppDynamics, DripStat).
However IT organizations still struggle with assisting both developers and administrators that prioritize two completely different goals – speed of application development and feature completion versus production stability and uptime. Automation tools vendors promote their products to solve the challenge of DevOps teams, but still very often fail to face the complexity of workflows for operations engineers, or application releases and deployment speeds desired by developers.
Another issue is that IT organizations with application release and deployment issues usually use some kind of automation, but they want to have more flexibility to manage their automation without the need to invoke everything manually at the command-line. Ideally, this automation should be available for developers in their development environments to give developers more control of the environment and understanding of the infrastructure usage.