To move a project through the delivery pipeline effectively, you need some level of automation. Delivering software isn’t simply a process of taking one set of files and copying them over to a new environment – it’s a delicate orchestration of processes. And with more businesses looking to adopt DevOps into their organizations, those who have been at it for some time know that their advantage over newcomers will soon run out.
Software provisioning has many moving parts
Continuous delivery means being able to deploy services and ensure that they runs seamlessly in different environments. If a project lifecycle isn’t fully automated with continuous deployment, it can still be continuous in delivery. Most projects have to pass through a change management approval process where feedback is received from company stakeholders and various aspects undergo testing before they are accepted. After the approval pipeline, the project gets handed over to production.
Depending on the organization that you work for, there might be binary files that need to be deployed, configuration files that need to be moved over, or an APS server or databases that need to be restarted after changes have been made before the new files can be deployed. All of these events need to be coordinated, with the right steps being taken at the right times during the process.
Continuous delivery is a ‘must-have” capability
While continuous deployment isn’t always necessary, continuous delivery is. When a project is in the change management approval phase, the information will traverse a variety of machines and environments as it passes through the various service groups’ stakeholders. This decentralized IT architecture can make performance management, security checks, and troubleshooting difficult. This is where containers are especially useful, as they abstract any differences between the various IT environments.
Application containers address the problems that arise when trying to get software to run reliably in different environments, such as a local computer to a test environment, from staging into the production environment, or even from the programmer’s desktop to a public cloud. Supporting software and network topologies are rarely identical in all of these environments and even small differences can cause discrepancies in how software performs once it is installed. Containers encompass the entire runtime environment, so all the variants that come into play are excluded from the equation.
Continuous delivery enables you to improve your delivery pipeline and respond to internal and external clients more quickly. It also allows you and your team to deliver software with fewer bugs and lower risk, which is why DevOps teams are flocking to the technology to improve their delivery of software releases.
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