Top 5 DevOps Blogs for the Latest Trends, Strategies, and News

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

If you’re in product development, your goal is to build and deploy increasingly reliable software as quickly as possible. With that goal in mind, researching best practices in adopting a DevOps model that tightens the relationship between software development and IT may be high on your wish list. Unfortunately, manual processes, supporting existing applications, and keeping up to date on industry regulations often leaves little room for growth and innovation. In a field that is constantly changing, it’s helpful to know where to find the best information without being sucked into a rabbit hole of research using time you don’t have.

To save you time, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DevOps blogs to explore the current news and ideas hitting the DevOps sphere.

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How Coverdell Used a Proof of Concept to Improve DevOps Practices

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The Client & The Challenge

With more than 50 years of retail marketing experience and 20 years of administering insurance and membership programs, Coverdell services more than six million individuals across the country today.

Coverdell maintains a robust portfolio of 80 websites and counting. With such high volume to support, it was determined that improvement in DevOps practices like branching and automation of testing, builds, and deployments would help maximize the impact the technology team could make for Coverdell while reducing risk. The ultimate goal was to enable the team to focus more on product development and less on deployment.

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Two DevOps Books Every IT Leader Should Read

[fa icon="user"] Alexander Sobin [fa icon="calendar"]  Dec 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

One of the more interesting cultural movements in IT is what I’ve seen towards DevOps. At its core, the goal of DevOps is to maximize profitability by shortening product delivery time, but that would be an overly simplified explanation of such a robust movement. For deeper insights into how to maximize the value of DevOps for your organization, there are two fictional business management books that every IT leader should have in their library.

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3 Cosmetic Upgrades to Move Closer to a Microservices Architecture

[fa icon="user"] David Henry [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 20, 2017 9:45:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

When renovating your home, you may choose cosmetic or structural changes depending on your needs and priorities. Similarly, those looking to take advantage of the Cloud for their monolithic architecture must decide if they need surface level changes or a deeper overhaul to accomplish their goals. On the one hand, a structural renovation might start with the demolition of your application and operations practices to fully take advantage of DevOps and Microservices. On the other hand, cosmetic changes can take the form of refactoring your operations and applications to utilize Cloud services while maintaining a monolithic architecture.

If you tear down your house, you will have nowhere to live until you rebuild, and you may not have the time or budget to go that route. If you want some of the benefits of the cloud, but time and budget will not allow an immediate overhaul, here are 3 cosmetic upgrades you can make to your server so that you can chip away at renovation while maintaining a livable environment.

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2 Approaches to Building a DevOps Toolchain

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

If moving to a DevOps model, you must select an integrated set of tools to build, deploy, and manage your apps. Developing your DevOps toolchain means you need to consider how you will handle source control, monitoring, provisioning, automation, and security.

Taking the time to break down or define your processes in each of these categories and research, evaluate, test, and select the appropriate tools is daunting. There are two main approaches to building a DevOps toolchain: DevOps in a Box and Best of Breed. This article will serve as a guide towards determining which may be right for your unique needs.

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