DevOps is revolutionizing the way enterprises deliver apps to the market by blending software development and information technology operations. This convergence creates an assembly line for the cloud, as Tim Erlin wrote for The State of Security, by increasing the rate at which companies can develop apps and deliver them to users.
12 Common Tools for your DevOps Team
The DevOps process involves intensive work, with engineers constantly on the lookout for new tools. The only problem is that there are so many options out there. To save teams time, here are 12 common tools for your DevOps team.
Ansible enables IT admins to automate parts of their daily tasks with ease. Enterprises that use Ansible can benefit from increased accountability and compliance in their IT environments as well as innovation and collaboration among employees. Organizations can also take Ansible one step further with Tower, which adds control, security and other capabilities.
Docker integrates into any environment and provides full stack portability for apps. The framework comes with lightweight containers that enterprises can combine to build secure, safer applications. Organizations may also choose the Enterprise Edition, which streamlines app development and production across locations running Windows and Linux.
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Chef is a platform designed to help organizations manage their infrastructure. The Chef Server stores an enterprise’s “cookbooks” along with the details pertaining to every “node” on which the Chef client runs. Chef helps organizations manage all their on-premises and cloud environments as well as deploy compliance audits with a click.
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As a version control system (VCS) tool, Git helps developers manage their projects with speed and efficiency. It’s free and open-source, which means anyone can use it. One of its signature features is a branching model that allows developers to create multiple local branches. Developers can then merge, create, or delete these branches as their infrastructure evolves.
Jenkins is another automation server that supports developers as they build, deploy and automate their projects. Users can employ Jenkins as a continuous integration (CI) server or leverage it for continuous delivery (CD). Easy to install and configure, the platform is customizable with nearly every type of CI and CD utility via more than 1,000 plugins.
The focus of JIRA is to streamline the collaborative efforts of software teams. Teams can use the tool to distribute tasks to each and every member. They can then leverage JIRA’s real-time, visual data to track their goals and improve their overall performance. JIRA synchronizes with more than 3,000 apps, so there’s no need for concern about integration with this tool, either.
Open-sourced Kubernetes is a system that lessens the difficulty associated with managing containerized applications. Using its 15 years worth of experience in running production workloads at Google, this tool groups containers that make up an application into logical units. DevOps teams can then use these units to easily deploy a containerized application as well as to scale without necessarily increasing their ranks.
8. New Relic
More than 16,000 customers use New Relic to innovate with visibility across their infrastructure. A comprehensive tool for data organization, visualization, and evaluation, New Relic enables developers to build apps for any language in any environment. Dashboards track those applications and help deliver insights into how enterprises can optimize their technology stack.
Splunk is a platform that offers solutions designed with security, IT service intelligence and user behavior analytics in mind. Customers can customize their Splunk experience with hundreds of apps available directly from Splunk, its partners, and the Splunkbase community. This explains why 85 Fortune 100 companies were using Splunk as of the company’s last count.
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The value of Terraform rests with its ability to help DevOps personnel write, plan and create infrastructure as code. Building infrastructure this way allows DevOps teams to build and version their data center as they would other code. Best of all, Terraform is capable of developing different execution plans as configurations change. It’s also capable of managing low-level components (like compute instances) and high-level elements (like DNS entries).
11. Tripwire for DevOps
Tripwire for DevOps enables customers to incorporate the compliance and security functionality for which Tripwire is already known into their DevOps workflows. In particular, it leverages automated dynamic analysis to evaluate containerized images with a sandboxed environment for potential security issues, thereby injecting security into every stage of the organization’s DevOps workflow. DevOps personnel can then use these results to know when their images deviate from compliance frameworks, for example.
Vault helps organizations manage secrets and protected data in dynamic infrastructure. It works by enabling personnel to centrally store, access and distribute dynamic secrets like passwords and encryption keys. On top of that, Vault lets organizations keep their application data secure by using centralized key management and simple APIs for data encryption.
A Balanced Equation: DevOps Tools and Culture
Tools are essential for organizations to streamline their software development. But utilities are just part of the equation. The combined culture of DevOps and security allows organizations to redefine their operations and engineering so that otherwise disparate teams can work together, help the enterprise grow and realize forward-thinking goals. This balanced mix of tools and culture is what DevSecOps, and DevOps more generally, needs to be about going forward.
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