DevOps Using AWS Tooling
Let’s start with some quick basics then …
What is DevOps?
“DevOps is a philosophy and practice focused on agility, collaboration, and automation within IT and development team processes.” It is a combination of the two words “development” and “operations.” Software Development Lifecycle can be shortened to speed up the process of taking a product to market.
What is AWS?
Cloud computing services offered by Amazon Inc. is Amazon Web Services or AWS in short.
Cloud computing is gaining popularity, with multiple vendors in the market for e.g. Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud Services.
AWS offers all the features and services a user would expect from an in-house data center, with a consumption layer that is much easier to understand and consume, making it one of the most popular cloud providers currently available.
Now that we have refreshed on some quick basics, let’s get into the details …
Everything You need to know about DevOps Implementation
Essential practices around DevOps are -
Continuous Integration (CI) is the process of automating the build and testing of software every time a change is made to the code. This allows for the early detection of defects and potential problems.
Continuous Delivery (CD) is the process of automatically deploying code changes to a production environment after they have been validated in a staging area. CD helps to ensure that changes are made in a controlled and safe manner.
Together, CI and CD make up the DevOps methodology. Implementing CI and CD can help your business to improve the quality of its software, increase productivity, and reduce the time it takes to get new features and updates to market.
Microservices is a design approach for building a functionalities as a set of small codebase which are independently deployable, enabling faster change. Each service runs independently and communicates with other microservices through a pre-defined interface, multiple small bits becoming a bigger whole.
AWS is ideal for Microservices as it provides multiple options for deployments with a very mature infrastructure - to under experience. A microservice can be deployed (ideally) as - FaaS (AWS Lambda) or as Container (ECS - with or without Cluster). More on this later in other blogs.
Infrastructure as code (IAC) is the process of building, managing & provisioning system infrastructure through software. IAC tools are used to create scripts to configure and deploy software, servers, networks or storage - in a templatized manner, resulting ability to manage a large infrastructure in a templatised and controlled manner. This methodology reduces human error, increases agility to provision hardware. For IAC to be efficient, a good and reliable API-enabled infrastructure is key, though its possible to automate even without this layer. AWS offers a very reliable and efficient API exposed.
AWS DevOps: Everything You need to know about this Cloud Computing Platform
AWS DevOps is Amazon's way of implementing DevOps philosophy on the AWS cloud with dedicated tools and services. To put it in their own words, "AWS provides a set of flexible services designed to enable companies to more rapidly and reliably build and deliver products using AWS and DevOps practices. These services simplify provisioning and managing infrastructure, deploying application code, automating software release processes, and monitoring your application and infrastructure performance."
AWS DevOps is a set of cloud-based services that allow developers to quickly and easily create, deploy, and manage applications.
Now, lets look at what AWS offers in its kitty -
AWS offers services that enable DevOps practices that allow you to automate your development and operations workflows. Some of them are:
AWS CodePipeline - a continuous delivery service that automates the release process of your software.
AWS CodeCommit - a fully-managed source control service that makes it easy for you to securely store and manage your code in the cloud.
AWS CodeDeploy - a deployment service that automates the application deployment process to Amazon EC2 instances.
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a cloud-based container orchestration service to deploy, manage and scale your containerized applications. Amazon ECS eliminates the need to manage own clusters or servers, and it integrates with other AWS services seamlessly.
AWS CloudFormation provides a way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources as a single unit.
AWS CloudWatch for monitoring applications and detecting issues.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud and reduces the time required to get the application up and running in the cloud.
Our preference to AWS …
DevOps tooling on AWS provides is an efficient way to implement and manage DevOps workflow. Both IAC and CI-CD can be implemented in an optimized way and accelerate time-to-market, while ensuring that we are only paying for the CPU compute time that we have used.
Some key benefits are -
Platform Availabilty across globe provides a single platform for global corporations to host, manage and grow their business in the same manner with minimum changes and maximising their existing investment on IT and Infrastructure.
Pay as You Go for only the CPU Compute time that is utilised for the infrastructure or better deals in case of reserved instances. Overall, a very good value for every penny invested.
Improved Efficiency and Productivity: DevOps tooling can help to automate development workflow and increase speed of deployment.
Improved Platform Security: Automation helps to identify and rollout fixes to vulnerabilities more quickly & efficiently without human errors.
Increased Agility: Automated Infrastructure provisioning, automated regression testing, automated deployment and better developer experience increases business agility.
Reduced Downtime: Reliable infrastructure and patching mechanisms, reduce overall downtime
Overall, @BridgeApps we have been able to deploy platforms for our customers, and manage infrastructure in AWS in a Super efficient manner, resulting in some very happy customers.