DevOps As a Solution
Traditionally, development and operations were two separate solutions led by two separate teams. Under a DevOps model, the systems operation and release management portions of the development lifecycle are automated.
By eliminating dependency on systems administration staff throughout the development cycle, the Devops model helps eliminate the risk of human errors and the substantial overhead associated with wait time related to resources and resource capacity.
MS3 assists clients, by specializing in Continuous Development/Continuous Integration (CI/CD), establishing an end-to-end automation architecture, and facilitating the sustainment and growth of that architecture over time as your IT stack evolves.
In addition to Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Automation, MS3 specializes in container based virtualization, enabling enterprises to leverage Docker-based container management platforms, using a microservices approach to reduce infrastructure costs.
Benefits of DevOps
Higher Software Quality and Standards
Decreased Time to Market
Reduce Infrastructure Costs
Why Use MS3 for Your DevOps Needs
The MS3 DevOps program implementation has demonstrated significant improvements in: speed of delivery, higher software quality and standards, and faster recovery from failures. Moreover, the additional layers of integrated quality assurance in the software development lifecycle dramatically reduces defect remediation overhead as well as risk of a production outage.
Automated technical services are IT functions essential to reducing time-to-market, risk mitigation, and product development efficiency. The DevOps solutions provided at MS3 enforce industry best practices necessary to facilitate a culture of agile development, rapid feedback, simplified configuration management, and constant quality assurance validation.
DevOps Service Offerings
MS3 DevOps has implemented CI/CD solutions encompassing unit testing, regression testing, image build, and container deployment to application builds. We also facilitate the transformation of traditional technology stacks into container based, microservicing frameworks, leveraging technologies such as Kubernetes, Redhat OpenShift, Mesosphere DC/OS, or AWS EC2 Container Service.
Microservicing allows our clients to limit their infrastructure footprint, keep costs low, and leverage a pluggable architecture that can be used to upgrade components with zero downtime as their enterprise grows.
- Automate application build from source control
- Automate application delivery to target platforms
- Streamline configuration management by integrating build/dev tools with requirements tracking platforms such as JIRA
- Archive build artifacts for simple recovery
- Pipeline dependencies
- Install and configure CI platforms (Jenkins, TFS, AWS Code Pipeline or BitBucket pipelines)
- “Mavenize” application builds
- Implement Source/Version control process
- Automate regression testing
- Push-button product release
- Implement a peer-review process via pull requests
- Pair unit testing and development
- Configure team alerts for failed test, builds and deployments
- “Dockerize” applications
- Migration of application stack to a microservicing architecture
- Optimize architecture to get the most from your resources
- Push-button scaling
- Automate code-to-container pipeline
- Facilitate rapid release cycle
- Operate agnostic of Operating System
- Employ management frameworks suchas OpenShift, Kubernetes and EC2 Container Service
- Use supported, open source images as building-blocks for your enterprise
- Manage container routing
- Establish an image repository to host your proprietary content
Is MS3 Devops Right for You?
Across hundreds of engagements, we’ve found most organizations suffer from at lease three of the following challenges:
- Releases are executed by developers manually into application servers
- Software configuration and parameters are set by developers themselves
- Testing of releases occurs manually after deployment to a DEV or QA server
- Support and debugging is assigned to developers
- Monitoring of current platforms is non-existent
- Performance metrics are non-existent or insufficient
- Artifact management is non-existent
- Regular time lost on maintenance of engineering team’s personal development environments
- Provisioning new servers takes far too much time
- Platform scaling issues
- Minimal peer review of code
In such a scenario MS3 brings resources to establish the following best practices:
- Setup up CI platform (Jenkins, TFS, etc) to facilitate build management and enable developers to code to requirements without having the burden of build configuration, dependency management and platform delivery
- Implement unit testing code in JUnit or equivalent testing framework to add an additional layer of automated unit testing
- Embed existing test scripts for automated post deployment regression testing
- Use Artifactory or Nexus platform to have a centralized dependency repository removing the need for individual developers to scramble looking for dependencies and to maintain a uniform set of libraries for all team members
- Embed peer review as an essential component of the automated build process
- Remove need for new servers to reduce time
- Make necessary development changes to track live metrics and performance monitoring using tools like Splunk or AppDynamics.
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