DevOps Methods and Products
In his latest “IT Trendz” post, Joseph Gulla explores IBM Watson AIOps, IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management and more.
By Joseph Gulla10/13/2020
Focus Areas for DevOps OfferingsDevOps aligns with the approach of the project team. This could be incremental change to an application or a major transformation—both with the goal of modernizing the target application. DevOps has organizational and procedural implications as development and operations personnel work closely together to both develop and support applications. DevOps has a toolset focus that eliminates many manual steps, resulting in fewer errors. DevOps tool focus is typically on the lifecycle of the application so the impacts of the tools are often comprehensive not piecemeal. Let’s explore four more offerings that help realize the desired approach, organizational support and promise of DevOps as employed for organizational projects and programs.
Intelligent IT Operations With AIOps From IBMAIOps uses AI to simplify IT operations management and automate problem resolution in modern IT environments. We need AIOps because many organizations are transitioning from a traditional infrastructure of separate, static physical systems to a dynamic mix of systems and technologies. This new “mix” consists of on-premise, managed cloud, private cloud and public cloud environments. These environments depend on virtualized or software-defined resources that scale and reconfigure frequently. To meet the operational challenges of this environment, there are two offerings that feature IBM’s intelligent IT operations strategy:
- IBM Watson AIOps
Watson AIOps correlates disparate data across an organization’s existing IT tools. This data includes events and alerts, logs, tickets, topology and metrics. Watson AIOps uses this input data to generate insights and advice that is shared using ChatOps and APIs for process integration like REST.
- IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management
The features of the product cover a broad scope including infrastructure, application, service, cluster and access management. Monitoring, event management and automation are also included. Hybrid governance and compliance are supported and the product has a license advisor that aggregates the license usage data that is collected and presents the overview of an organizations license usage on a dashboard.
DevOps Practices With IBM Garage MethodologyThe main ideas with the methodology are industry practices for design thinking, lean startup, agile development and continuous delivery. The method integrates practices that are rooted in experience into a single end-to-end approach. The methodology drives enterprise design thinking at scale and is built on agile principles for different team configurations. The method also leverages DevOps tools and techniques for continued delivery and operations.
One instance of the method is IBM Garage™ Method for Cloud that was created to enable business, development and operations to continuously design, deliver, and confirm new solutions using cloud technologies. There is a useful document called the Garage Method for Cloud Field Guide that documents the method, toolchains and architectures that are fundamental to transforming the entire product lifecycle.
Cloud-Native DevOps With IBM Cloud Continuous DeliveryWith IBM Cloud® Continuous Delivery, organizations can quickly provision an integrated toolchain. The product makes use of customizable, shareable templates with tools from IBM, third parties and from open source. The product also supports automated builds and tests with Tekton-based delivery pipelines and analytics that give the visibility needed to support quality control.
The product has two pricing plans:
- The Lite plan, which offers the full capabilities of IBM Cloud Continuous Delivery, with usage limits, to small teams at no cost. This is an easy way to get started with a pilot project.
- The Professional plan, which offers the full capabilities of IBM Cloud Continuous Delivery to all users in your organization for a monthly per-user charge.
Next WeekNext week, I’ll explore analytics solutions used to discover meaningful patterns in data and gain insights that organizations can interpret and communicate to others.
Joseph Gulla is the general manager and IT leader of Alazar Press. He's a frequent Destination z contributor and writes a weekly IT Trendz blog.
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