The DevOps philosophy refers to enabling organizations to deliver applications and services at high velocity, meaning improving products faster than using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes would allow. This increased speed will enable companies to better serve their customers and become more competitive in the market.
By implementing DevOps practices, organizations can:
- reduce software maintenance and upgrade costs
- cut unnecessary or excessive expenses
- standardize and automate processes
- replicate and scale processes more quickly and efficiently
- improve reliability and reduce the need for engineer intervention.
Today, most companies look for new ways to deliver code faster, and DevOps is seen as a tool that can foster innovation. The problem is, not every organization has the resources to implement DevOps.
Moreover, there is a shortage of DevOps skills on the market. Unlike other IT roles where you can become a successful engineer after finishing school, DevOps requires several years of hands-on experience. No junior engineer will master tools like Puppet or Docker or write automated scripts.
This leads us to the question:
What does it take to become a DevOps Engineer?
Ideally, a DevOps Engineer should have competencies in the following areas (but you can adjust this list depending on your organization’s needs):
- software development or automation architecture (which also implies automation expertise)
- processes – understanding the process that leads to intelligent automation and also QA processes (this helps prevent severe issues during the project and in case of an outage)
- continuous integration and continuous deployment
- software development lifecycle or process flow and analysis
- source control models and processes
- cloud computing
- coding, scripting, and commonly used development and delivery tools
- software security
- application development and design
- IT operations and infrastructure
- UX/UI development
- the Agile methodology.
DevOps Engineers should also be up-to-date with the latest tech innovations. For example, interest and skills in trends like artificial intelligence and machine learning are a huge bonus as these could impact the future of DevOps.
For a more in-depth look at the skills required to become a DevOps Engineer, check out our dedicated article.
Why asking your developer to do DevOps is not an option
Well, first of all, deploying applications is not part of a developer’s job, so they might not have the skills to do it. And even if they do, how are you going to ensure that they’re always available to do this?
For small teams that only have one lead / senior developer, their time will be split between building the application and deploying it. How are you going to scale as your business grows?
Many companies are all too familiar with this scenario, so they try to hire a DevOps Engineer. But as we’ve previously mentioned, experienced DevOps specialists are hard to come by – recruiting can take even up to 10 months, and you need another 3 to 6 months to get things up and running. You might not have this time (or the money, as DevOps Engineers are more expensive than developers).
So what alternatives you have to hiring a DevOps?
Bunnyshell, your alternative to building a DevOps team
Bunnyshell is a self-service DevOps automation platform that helps developers deliver reliable apps and services with incredible speed.
By lowering the complexity of deploying applications so much that even a non-technical person could do it. Our motto is “deploy and forget,” and we’re really proud to say that, with Bunnyshell, there’s zero DevOps experience needed for teams to build, deploy, and scale modern apps.
We know how important uptime, security, best practices, backup, monitoring, deployment tools, etc., are for every organization, so we thought: why not build a platform that can automate all that?
So what does Bunnyshell do exactly?
1. It simplifies the management of multi-cloud environments. As you probably know, each cloud is different, and providers require you to pass their certification exams in order to use their platform. If you think a developer can do this (which we already mentioned it’s a bad idea), this means they should learn each platform’s specificities – this is a big waste of their time.
Instead, Bunnyshell provides a unified dashboard from where you can perform all your infrastructure changes and keep an overview – no matter if you use one cloud provider or multiple. This not only provides great visibility over your infrastructure (because you see everything in one place) but also saves you lots of administration time (because you don’t need to log into multiple tools and platforms to make changes).
2. It increases productivity. Speaking of wasting time, Bunnyshell can also save you the countless hours you spend on menial tasks such as cloud setup, monitoring, application management, or backups. Instead of writing code and running commands for repetitive jobs, all you need to do is click and run.
3. It reduces costs. Because every web server comes with a software load balancer as part of our application stack, your servers can be easily scaled horizontally, depending on the workload and your business needs – no more surprises during traffic spikes.
In addition to horizontal scaling, you also have the option of auto-scaling up and down based on choices you can set (for example, CPU utilization). This will significantly improve your cloud bills as you’ll only pay for the resources you use.
Bonus: thanks to our partnerships with various cloud providers, we can offer you a cost-free migration, so there’s no cost overlapping across different providers while migrating servers.
4. It helps improve internal processes. Instead of worrying about deployments and log aggregation, you can just focus on writing code and launching new features. With Bunnyshell, you can run application deployments:
- all at once
- rolling deployment
- rolling deployment with extra provisioning
Working with cloud service providers and platforms directly requires extensive knowledge and skills, and experienced DevOps Engineers are expensive and hard to find. But with a DevOps automation platform like Bunnyshell, you don’t need a dedicated DevOps – you can do everything yourself, easily and automated.