We are pleased to present our latest CAOS special report, The Rise of Devops, a collaboration with the 451 Group’s Infrastructure Computing in the Enterprise (ICE) service. The report came about as we continued to encounter evidence that enterprise application development and enterprise application deployment and IT operations were being pushed together. What we found is this trend is fueling some of the more innovative SaaS and cloud computing offerings and moves from companies where one might expect it — software providers, media, online investing, etc. Still, since devops, when done correctly, represents the realization of cloud computing benefits — increasing efficiency, infrastructure flexibility and organizational effectiveness — we also expect it to grow among more mainstream enterprise IT users.
Devops, the confluence of application development and IT operations, is being pushed by a number of factors, primarily: cloud computing, web and agile software development, open source software, automation and more. The trend, which is just in its infancy, is also facing significant hurdles, including technical, cultural and other issues, such as the need to keep dev and ops separate to simplify compliance and regulatory needs. As we’ve discussed previously, devops is also multi-layered, involving not just devs and IT system administrators/operations, but a number of other stakeholders, including business requirements, customer relations, sales, security and other personnel.
Some of our key findings include the fact that devops is happening and is poised for growth, that this growth is following a quiet but steady pattern we’ve seen previously with open source software and virtualization, and that faster
application release times, improved-quality software and reduced downtime are typically the biggest rewards.
The report is the product of our research, conversations and experience with devops, including participation in Devops Days. We also get a good sense of the devops experience in the report by looking at six devops case studies, which include organizations in Web 2.0, media, software and financial services.
One of the main points of the report is that devops is poised for significant growth. Since the proper and effective implementation of devops embodies the efficiency and elasticity of cloud computing, we have no doubt it will be felt across more and more of enterprise IT over time.