How Open Source Can Turbocharge DevOps Workflow
Open source software and DevOps are two vital trends in the software world today. However, owing to their unrelated history and development, they are almost never discussed in tandem. Therefore, proponents of both, DevOps and Open Source, have failed to realize the influence that Open Source could have on the performance of DevOps teams.
DevOps is an approach to software design that prioritizes collaboration, flexible technologies, and workflow in the development of complex applications, whereas Open Source is a software model that emphasizes free availability of source code.
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DevOps enables teams to enhance the efficiency of the workflow of complex application tasks by breaking it down to smaller, more manageable parts and Open Source provides source code that developers can use to customize applications with ease.
With both concepts sharing similar goals, consider the following ways in which Open Source strengthens DevOps workflow:
Both, DevOps and Open Source emphasize collaboration between different teams such as developers and software testers. With Open Source, DevOps engineers can work simultaneously with other teams by focusing on internal workflows while third-party developers can work on upstream open source software.
With the highly customizable nature of Open Source, the DevOps teams can migrate from one open source framework to the other smoothly, increasing the agility and flexibility of workflow.
The visibility of application development is paramount to DevOps teams. Open Source provides teams the ability to maximize visibility by allowing access to the code of every tool in use, simplifying the customization of the software according to developer preference.
In case of an issue during software development, the use of proprietary tools can cause a longer delay, because one has to contact the proprietary vendor for support. Conversely, with Open Source, the public documentation and quick support from other developers in the Open Source community enables DevOps teams to resolve problems faster, and without the need for third-party assistance.
With Open Source software opening new avenues for a simplified and agile software development process in organizations transitioning to DevOps, the time has come to make the two seemingly unrelated technology trends part of the same conversation.
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