How cloud infrastructure can support DevOps

Software development companies have realized that outsourcing to a managed IT services provider can support production. Setting up an elaborate, in-house data center is challenging, particularly for a company that tries to channel the majority of its resources into creating operating systems, productivity suites, customer relationship management tools and other applications. 

As a result, many of these enterprises have taken a development and operations (DevOps) approach and hired cloud hosting corporations to provide them with a flexible, stable environment. IT professionals have speculated that cloud technology will surpass in-house solutions in the years to come - some have even claimed that it has already done so. Cloud infrastructure enables software professionals to fabricate, modify and access their programs from multiple locations in a seamless fashion. 

Making the best use of the cloud 
Depending on the structure of an organization, the deployment model its executives choose to invest in may vary considerably. According to Skytap's Director of Products and Network World contributor Sumit Mehrota, a hybrid deployment may be the best way to strengthen DevOps. This protocol consists of a software developer (or any other organization) integrating its private cloud environment with the scalability and versatility of a public cloud solution. This way, enterprises can capitalize on the cost-efficiency associated with the latter solution while utilizing a platform in which resources can be released and provisioned in a matter of minutes. 

In addition, this method proves extremely useful for software companies in the later stages of the production game, specifically, performance testing and troubleshooting. During this phase, IT typically requires greater capacity to rapidly acquire, prepare and provision new applications so that they can acquire a competitive edge. 

There's also the option of developing programs solely through a public cloud solution - eliminating in-house infrastructure costs entirely. Though some experts have remained skeptical of Software-as-a-Service in the past, security measures have improved immensely since the solution came into its form a couple of years ago. 

The basic benefits of a service level agreement 
Business 2 Community outlined some of the rudimentary reasons why corporations generally choose to invest in cloud web hosting, primarily because IT costs are significantly reduced. A start-up company looking to develop the next big iPhone app or enterprise resource planning solution can do so without having to worry about purchasing expensive server equipment. 

If an organization isn't  smart about its budgeting, then public cloud computing costs are likely to grow out of proportion. Businesses can make do with the amount of space they use while continuing to grow if they prioritize what they can put in the cloud and what they can keep on a desktop. Though scalability is certainly an advantage over those trying to construct software through stringent boundaries, letting volume utilization get out of hand can spike costs. 

DevOps need an efficient way to collaborate, seamless channels to communicate and a convenient environment in which they can create new products. There can never be enough tools to assist those participating in the technological world, and the cloud appears to be the perfect place to build these assets. 

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