Top Six DevOps Tools of 2018
In today’s perpetually evolving software development domain, DevOps has become a culture that has seamlessly blurred the lines between roles of application development and software operations. With DevOps, development and operation teams can prioritize automation and reduce software development time while also increasing the frequency of application deployment without jeopardizing product quality. That said, the following are the top six tools in the DevOps toolchain.
A simple build-and-release tool that has transformed itself to support a multitude of DevOps functions, Jenkins is a Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) server that is compatible with Mac, Windows and other operating systems. With over 1,400 plugins, scripted builds, and strong pipeline support, it is no surprise that Jenkins is the leading integration and deployment platform.
Nagios is a flexible IT infrastructure monitoring software that supports agent-based and agent-less architectures. The software monitors applications, servers, routers, switches, and frameworks, and sends alerts when critical infrastructure components such as the deployed risk management system fail. It also tracks software development trends to prevent failures by aiding in the planning of upgrades.
The leading open source container platform, Docker assists businesses in taking their current server software applications and packaging them into siloed containers. Encasing apps in containers increases their portability while also making them OS agnostic. Containers eliminate the need to host a guest OS on a virtual server and modernizes traditional apps, making them easier to test, update, and maintain.
Vagrant is a tool that is used by DevOps teams to create and construct virtual application development environments. Vagrant enables developers to download environments, configuration settings, and features that might be required for a project, without having to install and configure development environments on each developer’s individual workstation.
An open source container management platform developed by Google, Kubernetes is an automation system for scaling, deployment, and scheduling of contained applications. Kubernetes supports various container platforms including Docker, and the platform’s decentralized approach and customizable control processes make it highly flexible.
Ansible is an IAC (infrastructure-as-code) tool that differentiates itself from other configuration management software by emphasizing simplicity. The software arranges nodes by securely redistributing modules over a secure shell protocol (SSH) and with Ansible’s agent-less architecture, there is no need for any locally installed daemons for controlling server communication.