IT teams and software have started to embrace automation across all levels of the development life cycle, from planning and testing to deployment and maintenance. With the advent of DevOps, and the cloud, it’s now entirely possible for technical teams to spin up new environments in a matter of minutes instead of days.
The process of applying continual automation to the software development life cycle is known as continuous delivery. With continuous delivery, businesses can continually perform integration tests, unit tests and code analysis. They can provision and configure servers and deploy software into their cloud environments. Each step in the continuous delivery process can be repeated several times a day depending on how much new software needs to be released.
The Benefits of Infrastructure Automation
There are several benefits to implementing infrastructure automation and a continuous delivery model in your organization. This blog post will explore five of the most considerable advantages you’ll experience when you transition from manual software development to an entirely automated process.
The biggest benefit of continuous delivery is that it allows organizations to automate a variety of tasks with greater efficiency and accuracy. Each task within a workflow also can have separate dependencies to ensure that they are executed only when certain conditions are met. For example, you could set a condition to provision server only after certain tests are done.
Because automation doesn’t require team members to perform a lot of manual steps, companies can save up on staffing costs. For companies that have larger teams and more complex infrastructures, the savings could be substantial. The best part about it all is that reducing staffing costs won’t have an effect on the end-product quality. In some cases, the product quality will be better than if the company used a manual process.
Continuous delivery is typically more efficient and consistent than other software development models. It significantly improves business agility and stability and ensures that companies remain compliant at all stages of the software development life cycle. With an automated infrastructure, companies can also implement sophisticated monitoring and analytics to track the performance of their environment at any given time. By doing so, they’ll be able to identify issues before they pose any serious risks.
One of the main reasons why DevOps and the idea of automation have gained popularity in recent years is because they enable collaboration between different teams in an organization. Automation gives software developers and IT teams the ability to communicate, which leads to better efficiency and more releases. This cross-team collaboration becomes especially crucial when working on large-scale projects and releases.
Customers continually demand better and newer products, which why it’s important for software development and IT teams to use automation. Automation not only streamlines the process of releasing new software, it also significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to fix bugs and other issues that may affect the customer’s user experience.
Although the benefits of automation are clear, there are few downsides that you should also be aware of before going all-in and implementing a fully automated continuous delivery model. The biggest downside is that transitioning to an automated process typically has significant costs, which could have a temporary adverse effect on your bottom line. Furthermore, if your business has been using traditional software development models for years, it will take some time before the entire team gets on board with an entirely new system.
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About the Author / JT Giri
JT Giri is CEO of nClouds. He a seasoned DevOps professional with a decade of experience in building large-scale and distributed infrastructures. He co-founded nClouds, a leading DevOps solution provider, which helps companies with cloud migration and DevOps solutions. He is passionate about transforming organizations by implementing DevOps methodologies.