When we start discussing subjects like DevOps, we need some brief explanations as to the basic nature of DevOps and why it is so important to discuss it.
Any software on the market is necessarily judged on two grounds:
- Development- How well were the code written and various other features related to it including storage, the memory required and other aesthetic attributes.
- Operations- What does the particular software do, what problems can be expected to be solved using this application and how well and what methodology does the software use to meet the user’s ends.
Traditionally, Development and Operations are two different departments. This barrier between the two departments causes improper communication, delays, and lack of proper coordination. For custom software solutions to succeed in all aspects, these two departments need to work in a synchronized manner. So now, DevOps comes. In IT companies, DevOps is a practice to unify these departments by providing them with a set of tools that boosts up the coordination between the people who make the software and the people who manage it.
DevOps has a list of tools that help maintain this co-relation:
- Code: Source code Management tools, that help coders focus more on logic and precision rather than syntax.
- Build: Continuous Integration; a practice of merging all of the developer’s work in one place for easy access to information at any time.
- Test: Continuous Testing tools; that help tests the current progress and find glitches and get a feedback of the amount of work done.
- Package: The Software is set and managed by one file that is downloadable and installable by the public. This is a stage before the actual release.
- Release: This tool helps to make the software open to the public and is deployed on the internet.
- Configure: This tool oversees the progress the software and helps in making changes to the software after it has been used in real time by various types of users.
- Monitor: This tool oversees the user’s experience with the software and also helps decide the necessary changes that need and the updates that need to be brought in for more efficient use of the software.
Goals of DevOps:
- Agility: Faster and increased Deployment of software in the market by IT companies.
- Continuous delivery: The main concern is not only to get the software to the users as soon as possible but also to understand their reviews on the product and bring about small yet frequent changes to the software via updates and help them meet their ends with the software.
- Faster Means to Recovery: In case some major issue occurs which leads to the software failing in the market or some other issue of such gravity, the operating team can follow it up quickly and get the bottom of it and relay that information to the development team for them to solve.
Why Carry out DevOps on Mainframe?
There are Major advantages of bringing DevOps to the mainframe for the Organization. A few of them are:
a) There are certain applications which are essential parts of business today. Many businesses may even be based on such software. Such software needs to be on the mainframe of the system. If the mainframe were to host the DevOps, the amount of efficiency to the system it could bring is tremendous. It could boost all activity by a huge amount.
b) Mainframes are typically Hardware and Software and comprise a system, no different than any other programming language. They can easily be integrated into a DevOps operation like any other system. This could significantly make things go quicker.
c) Mainframes provide a definite and a secure environment for processing information. Therefore, along with its flexible nature, it is an Ideal location for DevOps to operate.
There are several perks to DevOps and with its up-to-date structure; it helps almost any kind of software’s development. It makes the functioning of various attributes go smooth and quick.