6 DevOps Best Practices

by Modis on February 8, 2018

Embracing the DevOps philosophy is all about improving efficiency, enhancing speed, reducing issues and building stronger cohesion across the core areas of your development and management team. While there are a lot of different ways to implement DevOps into your organization, following best practices will optimize your opportunities for success.

Here’s a look at the six most important things to remember when weaving DevOps into your development cycle. Follow these best practices and you’ll be well on your way to making development a much smoother process across your operation.

1. Automate Everything

Automation is the heart of efficiency in the world of DevOps. Anything that can be automated will save your team time by making key processes faster and more repeatable with less hands-on management. Thanks to the cloud, it’s also now possible to go beyond automating the testing and build processes, too. Many other vital build processes, from provisioning and version management to container deployment and application code processing, can easily be automated to increase your efficiency.

2. Test Everything

Achieving the high level of quality control required to keep your customers and clients happy requires attention to the testing process. Automated tests can be invaluable, but it’s also important to conduct hands-on testing. Testing should extend to all areas of your code and infrastructure, including microservices, version management, middleware installation and your app itself.

3. Version Everything

Without an effective Version Control System, it can be impossible to effectively log changes between builds and track build failures. The more organized and clean your VCS is, the easier it will be to stay on top of issues that might arise or revisions that have been made — especially if there’s a need to rollback any code to save the project from a critical failure. Beyond your code itself, everything else should be kept in your VCS system, including deployment scripts, infrastructure definitions, and test cases.

4. Plan and Track Everything

Keeping detailed records is a necessary step for chronicling all the major changes in your app. Patches, test cases, bug fixes, and other major updates should all be logged and tracked in your VCS. With DevOps, tying actions to work items boosts accountability and lets everyone across various teams see the bigger picture of what’s being done and the reason behind it. This will help keep everyone on the same page and help ensure smooth sailing as your project moves forward.

5. Monitor and Audit Everything

Information is the lifeblood of any development project. Without critical insights gained from the constant flow of information to help guide key decisions, you’re essentially shooting in the dark at a moving target. That’s why using agents to monitor processes and applications to glean useful intel on performance, usage and other items that let you iterate and improve. Logging everything also boosts accountability, as it lets you audit changes to the build.

6. Dashboard and Report on Everything.

Real-time monitoring of system and application performance using dashboards can send information across your team to make it easier to quickly identify and resolve code errors and bottlenecks in the system. Dashboards also let you filter out information by timeframe or other custom elements, which helps laser target on any issues that might need addressing quickly.

 

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