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July 07, 2021

Cloud and DevOps - The Ultimate Duo



Introduction:

In this article, we will be discussing Microsoft (News - Alert) Azure DevOps together with the cloud. Cloud and DevOps have become an increasingly famous duo considering the recent business climate, and therefore, Cloud and DevOps are taking the world by storm. Before digging into Azure DevOps services fueled by the cloud, we shall dial it back and investigate all this background. It is no secret that every company out there is under pressure to adapt rapidly to changes and stay on top of their game when it comes to efficiency and innovation. Market shifts, increased competition, global health pandemics impacting consumer trends, the business scenario is ever-changing. Companies need to constantly deliver high-quality products and services that give them a competitive edge.



Azure DevOps consulting and the cloud

Leveraging Microsoft Azure DevOps allows companies to accelerate their operations. Add cloud-based solutions to the mix, and your company can offer intimate client relations that substantially transform your enterprise into a client-focused company. You can focus on increasing the speed of application deployment and automate your processes and metrics. Cloud DevOps, therefore, can help you embrace digital transformation that keeps you at the forefront of innovative growth.

How Do Cloud DevOps Accelerate Software Delivery?

Studies show that when Cloud and DevOps are used in isolation, software delivery is accelerated by 50%. However, when Cloud and DevOps are used together, companies can achieve up to 81%. This a true testament to how Azure DevOps services and the cloud can remove barriers and friction if done right. The right Azure DevOps consulting services can allow companies to take full advantage of this rapid and iterative software development and delivery process. By migrating applications to the cloud, companies open avenues to modernize their hosting platforms. This allows them to take advantage of cloud services and reduce the complexity of maintenance through automating routine tasks, reduce costs associated with over-provisioning on-premise environments, etc. These benefits allow companies to save time, money, and resources that can be utilized to enhance other value-adding business activities.

Most companies are struggling to accomplish their strategic goals because their teams cannot focus on value-adding or more pressing tasks such as customer experience. They are usually fighting fires that can quickly be extinguished by leveraging Microsoft Azure DevOps and cloud together.

Azure DevOps services and Cloud DevOps 

Companies that introduce DevOps in conjunction with cloud adoption can achieve operational streamlining in a more seamless and focused way. For companies with newly adopted DevOps, this approach helps them adopt a smoother route for scaling and adapting. By employing proven Azure DevOps consulting practices besides cloud adoption, companies can rapidly advance and measure their progress.

Microsoft Azure DevOps and the Cloud = reduced TCO.

With cloud adoption on the rise, optimizing the cloud's cost has become a pressing concern for chief technology officers worldwide. Luckily, DevOps tackles this issue as well. Truth be told, traditional on-premise server environments are often over-provisioned and provide sufficient capabilities for peak pressure. However, depending on the sector a respective operate in, the demand may increase annually on, let's say, Christmas or Black Friday (News - Alert), etc., or perhaps on weekends. It also might spike unpredictably due to unprecedented factors. The toilet paper debacle of COVID-19 is an excellent example of that. The problem is, with traditional on-premise server environments, you have to pay for this peak demand capacity all the time. Now you would think that if you turn off your servers during the non-peak days, it will save power and cost? Right? Well, we hate to break it to you. You would still be paying for the shelf space, the software licenses, and the network provisioning.

DevOps helps manage such problems very easily by allowing companies to reap the full benefits of cloud computing flexibility. Companies can automate critical components of application deployment and orchestration along with provisioning. With Cloud and DevOps, companies only utilize and pay for their capacity and when they need it, effectively reducing costs.

How can you bring together cloud and DevOps for your organization?

Now the next question is, how can you adopt cloud and adopts together for your business? The answer is simple. When you are building a cloud-native application, you can implement DevOps strategies from the outset. Additionally, you can also evolve your existing applications to embed DevOps principles in their working. You can do this both in the migration process (to the cloud) or following the lift and shift approach. The process consists of re-platforming, modifying, and refactoring your application. The idea is to improve and modernize the infrastructure without changing the architecture or redo the coding. Most organizations often opt for this process as it is the most straightforward and time-efficient approach to improve performance on a new cloud setup.

Moving to the cloud helps organizations modernize the way they handle workloads. Some various DevOps approaches and tools help advance applications to optimize cloud environments. When it comes to introducing cloud and DevOps alongside each other, it is safe to say the company is investing in a tool that not only saves time and money it boosts productivity and accelerates innovation. It allows companies to have motivated employees who know that they are learning new skills and are gaining exposure to new technologies. This ensures that the company's staff is open to change and is willing to grow. As a result, the company benefits from continuous improvement and commercial advantages over its competitors.

Conclusion

Organizations that want to create a cloud strategy for their business need first to develop an understanding of their company's foremost priorities. IT leaders and CTOs should plan an all-encompassing cloud strategy to stay afloat in today's competitive market. However, it is important to note that a successful cloud strategy encompasses more than security and compliance requirements. It also balances the needs of the developers and considers the existing infrastructure. 

Industry leaders believe that there is an "interdependent" relationship between Cloud and DevOps. They also state that DevOps is fueling interest in the cloud and thus responsible for its success. It is becoming increasingly evident that the cloud and DevOps are indeed more beneficial to businesses when they are coupled as they deliver more business value.

Author Bio:

Fatima Tahir is a marketing content specialist working with AlphaBOLD as a technical content writer for the past two years. With over four years of advanced industry experience, Fatima has a track record of creating engaging and intelligent copy for marketing and sales collateral for various solutions in ERP, CRM, DevOps/IT, BI, AI, IoT, and SharePoint. Fatima manages all writing project steps, from understanding project objectives and information gathering to content development, review, and editing. With an eye for detail, Fatima can produce content that appeals to a versatile customer base.



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