Businesses today face the constant challenge of technology disruption – a challenge that can hinder your competitive edge. Maintaining market leadership requires the rapid development of applications, services and products that are both innovative and bug free. This need has led to the emergence of DevOps, which is a highly collaborative relationship between the Development, Operations and Security teams. It’s an approach that Ziffity fully supports.
Our DevOps solutions will align with your organization’s goals, producing high-quality software-based products and services quickly and reliably.
Assessment and Strategic Planning
DevOps focuses on promoting a culture in which synergies between the Development, Operations and Security teams are harnessed and inserted into the software lifecycle. If you’ve yet to embrace DevOps, or if you’re looking at ways to advance your existing DevOps journey, our experienced DevOps consultants can help. We can assist you with strategic planning, as well as applying the best practices of DevOps culture within your organization.
DevOps Implementation Roadmap
Our DevOps Implementation Roadmap services are designed for organizations that are new to DevOps, or have started their DevOps journey but got stuck. We can provide you with an end-to-end DevOps implementation plan, or help you course-correct your existing plan for operations.
DevOps Solution Setup
Success begins with setting up the right software development and deployment infrastructure. Your team needs the best possible development and hosting environment so that they can innovate faster and get to market sooner. Our experts will help you assess your requirements and build the right infrastructure in order to provide your team with a hassle-free software development environment.
Our DevOps Practices
Continuous integration (CI) in DevOps is the development practice where developers working independently integrate their code modifications into the main branch of code. CI uses automatic testing, which is triggered any time fresh code is committed, this ensures the code is still secure in the main branch.
Continuous Delivery is making every segment of a larger code base release-ready so that an application need not be halted to bring minor changes into effect. So, rolling out frequent updates and running the operations smoothly without application breakdowns and downtimes becomes painless.
Infrastructure as Code
Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Integration (CI) in DevOps is possible because of Infrastructure as a Code, which is an approach to infrastructure management. This is possible by using scripts to set up the implementation environment (networks, virtual machines, etc.) to the appropriate configuration automatically.
Version Control Systems
A standard DevOps approach, Version Control System, is a method of breaking down coding tasks among software developers and saving all code versions for faster recovery when needed.
By continuously monitoring every aspect of the application, it helps to identify areas that might need fine tuning for better performance, security threats and also find out opportunities for automation in the development process for improving productivity.
Research and understand your existing software delivery approach and environment
Analyze your infrastructure, focusing on its strengths and weaknesses
Prioritize lag points
Assess your existing skill sets
Provide constructive planning and guidance
Provide tailor-made solutions and services
what our Clients say
"In a short period of time since launch, we have had a hockey stick level of growth. Hats off to team Ziffity for a job well done."
"I have been working with Ziffity for about 4 months now and we have already corrected all our issues on the existing platform. Ziffity has been nothing short of excellent."
"I have been very pleased with the team taking a very active approach to the work and are constantly making recommendations of their own for improvements."
Frequently asked questions
DevOps is the combination of Development and Operations practices in IT software development. It originated in the mid-2000 among IT professionals looking for ways to efficiently, innovatively, automate, and speed up the process of software development and delivery.
The developers’ team performs the software development, which involves writing the code, implementing, testing, and re-writing the code where required. The operations team works on providing the infrastructure to run the software. They work on determining the processing power required for the software, how to make the software secure, how to run the software efficiently and without any interruptions. DevOps help to make these teams work in tandem with each other.
The benefits of DevOps are as follows:
Technical benefits of DevOps
- Continuous software delivery
- Faster time to deploy
- Fosters innovation
- Less complex problems to manage
- Early detection and faster correction of bugs
Business benefits of DevOps
- Faster delivery of features
- Stable operating environments
- Lower failure rate of releases
- Improved communication and collaboration between the teams
- Efficient cost management
DevOps brings about a holistic approach to software development. Here the development and operations teams are not siloed. It uses a cross functional team consisting of developers, designers, operations, testers, and support personnel. Before starting on any project the team plans the entire software development cycle from design to delivery. The process is as follows:
Plan (Operations team)
- The operations team organizes the tasks and schedule
- The project manager sets up the necessary infrastructure management tools
Code (Developers and Sys Admins)
- The developers write the code
- Use source code management tools to review the code
- System administrators merge individual or siloed codes into one master code
Build (Software Engineers/ Architect)
- Build the application and source code in the required format
- Once the engineering team builds the source code, use CI/CD tools to verify code
- Test the application in test environment to ensure there are no bugs
- This will be part of the workflow to ensure high quality
- Implement packaging tools (software repository tools) to coincide with business requirements and goals
- Validate the package and best practices
- Import packaging into a deployment tool
- Manage code and feature changes
- Approval of software releases
- Release application for the larger audience
- Continuous monitoring of the application performance
- Monitor logs
- Maintain incident reports
The cost benefits of DevOps are as follows:
- With the reduced development time, the usage of infrastructure is reduced, leading to reduced costs.
- The continuous delivery model improves productivity with less staff, thereby reducing the expenditure on hiring personnel.
DevOps can be used in any industry that needs software delivery and releases. This includes almost all industries nowadays, as organizations use multiple applications for their various operations.
DevOps improve the application security in the following ways:
- Due to continuous communication between teams, DevOps maximizes the visibility in the software life cycle. This helps teams to spot flaws and bugs before moving to production.
- DevOps fosters task automation in the development environment, which improves consistency, quality and predictability. This reduces human errors, which are consistent in a manual process.
- Due to the faster development cycle, there is also faster debugging of the application. That is continuous development.
- By using standardized frameworks and automation tools, teams can adopt any safer and reliable tool for each stage of the development process. This prevents lock-in with outdated tools and frameworks.
- DevOps favors the use of microservices and containers for the development cycle. This helps in isolating and securing applications from external attacks.
DevOps is a team consisting of developers and Operation or support personnel. When you bring in your software Security team as part of the software development cycle, then the cross-functional team consisting of all three departments is called DevSecOps.
This practice tries to automate core security functions. These security functions and processes can be incorporated at the start of the development cycle than at the end.
CI/CD stands for Continuous Integration/ Continuous Deployment. Developers tend to work isolated and hence need to integrate their code with the remainder of the team’s codebase. While working manually, it will take days or weeks to merge the changes with the master code. This will result in merge conflicts, take time to debug, and create duplicated efforts. CI/CD automates and validates the build and testing process when a team member makes changes to a code, ensuring it is correct and stable.
Microservices are the method of breaking down an application into small components or packages. These packages will contain a single function module with defined operations and interfaces. This method helps in identifying and isolating bugs and errors. Also, it will be easy to update specific functionalities or packages instead of the entire application
Containers are a form of operating system virtualization that is formed between the application and the actual infrastructure used. A single container can be used to run a microservice or the entire application. It will contain all the necessary executables, libraries, codes and configuration files to run the application. Containers are lightweight and portable, which makes them easy to move between environments.