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4 Features In Azure That Help Enable DevOps

Simplify the work required to move toward a comprehensive DevOps practice.

Post by Abishek Allapanda In Clouds on Jan 23, 2019

UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF AZURE IN DEVOPS

It’s easy to understand the why of DevOps — that is, to explain which benefits it provides. What’s much harder to wrap one’s head around is the how. Making a plan for achieving the goals of DevOps implementation (such as continuous delivery, maximum automation, and continuous visibility) is very challenging.

DevOps is not as simple as adopting a specific tool or practice; instead, there are many possible routes you could take. And with so many tools and resources to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones will add the most value to your organization. Extending this model will enhance Agile operations and collaborations so that IT infrastructure, application development, and operations work as one.

Benefits include 75 percent reduction in time to market.

Accelerate change in modern applications with DevOps and Azure

In this article, we recommend a set of tools that offer many benefits for doing DevOps: the Azure cloud. While Azure is not the only way to achieve it, Microsoft’s cloud offers a variety of services that greatly simplify the work required to move toward a comprehensive DevOps implementation and practice.

AZURE DEVOPS FEATURES AND SERVICES

  1. Azure Boards

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Azure Boards is to Trello what Azure Repos is to GitHub: a cloud-native approach to managing tasks and workflows. Like Trello, Azure DevOps Boards features enable you to create clear visual interfaces for tracking who is responsible for which tasks within a DevOps organization (or various other kinds of projects).

Besides, Azure DevOps Boards provide native integrations with a variety of other tools and services, from Slack to GitHub. It also includes an analytics feature to help track the health of projects.

  1. Azure Repos

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Being able to communicate and collaborate across teams is very critical for DevOps implementation. You need scalable communication tools like Slack and a way to provide easy access to the code that various teams are working on.

Azure Repos, lets you build private Git repositories hosted in the cloud. By hosting your code in Azure Repos, you ensure that everyone on your team can access, track, and contribute to it — if they have the proper level of access, of course.

If you’re thinking, “Why wouldn’t I just use GitHub?” You could use GitHub to set up private repositories, but Azure Repos is more dynamic. It offers some unique features, like the ability to integrate repositories with Webhooks and APIs. This makes it easy to integrate Azure Repos repositories effectively into a large, scalable CI/CD pipeline.

  1. Azure Pipelines

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A continuous delivery pipeline is a must-have for DevOps implementation. To be effective, such a pipeline must automate most of the tasks required to deliver software, from development to deployment and production monitoring. The pipeline should also facilitate clear communication between various teams that manage these tasks.

Azure DevOps Build Pipelines provide a fully hosted, cloud-based environment for building, testing, and deploying software. Most users would assume that Pipelines can only deploy to Azure. Well, no. Azure Pipelines can deliver software for any mainstream environment or platform — even competing clouds like AWS. In addition, Azure DevOps build Pipelines also works with any language. Flexibility is another key component of DevOps, and Pipelines has loads of it.

  1. Azure DevTest Labs

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Being able to scale software delivery and automate time-consuming tasks like infrastructure provisioning, all without compromising software quality is imperative for doing DevOps well.

Azure DevTest Labs benefits are endless. It helps you achieve these goals by automating much of the work required to set up testing environments for software. Instead of wasting time provisioning test environments by hand, or skimping on testing because it takes too much time to set up, you can use DevTest Labs, which supports Windows as well as Linux environments, to integrate thorough testing into the rest of your CI/CD pipeline.

CONCLUSION

Again, there is no single way to do DevOps. A mix of tools and strategies can help you achieve your business goals. But not all tools are created equal or are equally easy to implement. If you want a fast, scalable, cloud-native on-ramp to DevOps, consider getting the most out of Azure cloud, which provides a range of services that cater specifically to the needs of DevOps teams. Learn how Netenrich can help you do more with DevOps.

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Abishek is a Marketing Manager at Netenrich and absolutely adores alliterations. He is a metal music fan who does content marketing, in that order. When he’s not writing he can be found watching football, making music, or playing with animals.