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DevOps can deliver on promise to speed modernisation of IT infrastructures: Red Hat interview

AvantiKumar | Oct. 7, 2014
Red Hat's Director of OpenShift Strategy Krishnan Subramaniam's talk with Computerworld Malaysia includes a simple formula for modern enterprises especially for CIOs and IT heads.

As DevOps promotes collaboration between cross-functional team roles, it results in continuous software delivery, less complex problems and faster problem resolution.

Business benefits include faster delivery of features, time-saving and increased stability of operating environments.
In addition to continuous delivery, DevOps offers two more significant advantages to the organisation:

First, businesses can quickly turn ideas into actual features and benefits for their customers. Second, they can also experiment with many new features that can result in incremental improvements.

So how does DevOps actually help to modernise and future-proof IT infrastructures?

The key to future-proofing IT is portability. Portability is used in the context of moving applications across multiple cloud infrastructures, in which the application is decoupled from the underlying platform layer. Today's container technology helps us achieve the portability nirvana. Achieving portability doesn't automatically future-proof IT, but it reduces the friction in the IT platform evolution.

Modern Enterprise Model (based on the Composable Enterprise framework put forward by Jonathan Murray) includes ingredients to future-proof IT. The model requires:

  • Componentising services into least functionally dependent services (microservices) and encapsulating these services in containers (containerization).
  • Loosely coupled services.
  • Taking a layered approach to container environment.

An IT architecture encompassing the above three characteristics makes it easy for organisations to adopt newer technologies much faster than any platform that includes tight coupling with any of the layers used (foundational services or higher order services). All the three characteristics listed above make the platform more modular and pluggable.
This reduces the friction for removing/adding "blocks" from the platform or extending the platform any time in the future.

And how does DevOps help make developers and operations work together towards a common goal?

DevOps acts as an enabler, bringing developers and operations together as they pursue common goals. Essentially, DevOps facilitates an organisation-wide alignment of goals and with it, IT can meet business demands more quickly than ever. The DevOps journey begins with understanding the goals and objectives of business users to better promote IT culture changes.

What are some of the other key features of DevOps?

Companies that incorporate DevOps get more done as they are able to deploy code up to 30 times more frequently than their competition*. In addition, DevOps encourages a single cross-functional team that delivers many benefits such as automated deployments and standardized production environments that free people from routine tasks.
Some of the additional features and benefits of DevOps also include:

  • Continuous software delivery
  • Less complex problems to fix
  • Faster resolution of problems
  • Faster delivery of features
  • More stable operating environments
  • More time saved

[*Reference:newrelic.com/devops/benefits-of-devops ]

Can you sum up for us a simple formula for modern enterprises which every CIO and IT Manager should remember?

'Agile + DevOps + PaaS = Max(IT Efficiency) + Rapid Innovation'. This formula encapsulates what modern enterprises need should they choose to step up innovation and differentiate themselves from the competition.

 

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