CI/CD automation became very popular after developers and system admins got tired of repetitive, exhausting, manual testing, delivering and deploying changed code to the core repository or user’s environment. We all know that if in the past these changes happened once a week or a month, now teams might deploy changes from a couple of times a day to hundreds of times a day. Can you imagine how overwhelming it could be, if done manually? This chaos may have catastrophic consequences for any company. With CI/CD pipelines set up correctly, organizations have streamlined and automated SDLC due to which teams have time to focus on more creative tasks. On the other hand, CI/CD pipelines configured incorrectly, can not only become ineffective but also cause delays and unnecessary spending. That’s why DevOps and CI/CD, as a rule, come in one package. More specifically, CI/CD is one of the DevOps practices. Pretty often IT companies make one and the same mistake they adopt a couple of DevOps tools like Jenkins or/and Grafana and consider they implemented DevOps. Not so fast! DevOps is more than tools and automation, you need to involve a lot of thorough planning and CI/CD strategy designing before you just start configuring CI/CD pipelines. Many companies, especially small ones turn to mature DevOps companies that provide CI/CD services, which is the best solution for them. Why? Because plenty of companies, particularly SMB or startups experience a lack of professionals skilled enough to plan and implement CI/CD pipeline automation.
Why do you need CI/CD services?
With CI/CD implementation, the process of code building, testing, committing the altered versions back to the core repository and rapid deployment to the user’s environment anytime when needed is fully automated, which spares developers much of their time and nerves. However, improperly configured, CI/CD pipelines will not only be inefficient but also significantly delay the software delivery process. That’s where DevOps steps on the scene. You cannot take one or a couple of CI/CD tools and consider your mission complete. No, it’s not that simple. You need DevOps holistic approach to adopt, configure and automate CI/CD pipelines properly. To set up and automate CI/CD pipelines is a very hard task, especially for small businesses and startups that experience a lack of skilled specialists. If this is your case you should turn to DevOps companies that provide CI/CD services. As an example we, at IT Svit, worked on improving a Druid instance for Big Data analytics platform on AWS and one of the project requirements we set planning and building CI/CD pipeline utilizing Jenkins. Before CI/CD automation it took one hour for the cluster to update. But after our DevOps experts configured and automated CI/CD pipeline the upgrade takes only 15 minutes.
Final thoughts: What CI/CD services can you get?
Mature DevOps companies can provide:
- Continuous integration of your code a couple of times a day. DevOps outsourcing companies help implement continuous integration and continuous delivery practices for your developers to deploy your application and add new features with minimal time and effort spent.
- CI/CD on cloud-based platforms. It doesn’t matter what platform is your choice: AWS, GC or Azure, DevOps outsourcing companies can plan, design and implement CI/CD pipelines to deliver and deploy on any cloud infrastructure.
- Monitoring, alerting and back-up services. The software development process is not only about integration, delivery and deployment of altered code but also continuous monitoring, alerting about any errors happened and backing-up data in case of unexpected system failures. You can count on DevOps service companies in these cases as well. Their DevOps teams will configure AI-powered monitoring and alerting systems for your developers to react as fast as possible. And, additionally, create reliable backing-up systems for your data to be safe.
If high-performing, customer-focused software fast delivery to the market is your goal, you should either grow the in-house DevOps team or shake your hands with a professional DevOps company for them to provide DevOps service for you.