There has been much written about how great DevOps is and how it can help your business in many, many ways. However, too often we don’t see those real-life examples - they are discussed in hypotheticals and stories about “a business you may know.” This is great, but this approach to software development has quantifiable benefits that need to be enumerated for people to see how they can be integrated into your own development.
Some of those benefits you probably already know: increased deployment, shorter development timelines, faster time to market, and better end products. However, you also know that it calls for a cultural change within an organization and that makes people hesitant to start developing some of these methodologies.
However, some of the most prolific and largest companies in the world have taken it on - so why shouldn’t you? Let’s look at some of the DevOps success stories you should know:
One Giant To Lead Them All: Amazon
Most people go on Amazon a few times a week and end up with packages, eBooks, or other exclusives. Our reliance on the service has resulted in high traffic demand. As Amazon grew to the state it is now, there was a constant need to anticipate how much sales would grow in order to put systems in place to meet the need and plan for any spikes.
As a result, server capacity was wasted in high numbers. When people were shopping for Christmas, for example, the amount of unused server space grew tremendously. Eventually, Amazon moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, allowing engineers to scale up or down as needed. This helped to reduce a large amount of spending on server capacity but it did something that was even more important: it helped the company to transition to a continuous deployment process that allowed any developer to deploy their own code.
After about a year, engineers had crept the speed of their deployment and the reduced the number and duration of outages, which led to more revenue and happier customers. It probably also helped to get us to this point in history: where many of us get packages a few times a week.
Next In Line: Netflix
Netflix started as a DVD service with a smaller streaming portion. You could select a movie and it would be mailed to you. However, over the years it changed into the streaming service that we know now. At the time it started to switch, there weren’t any tools that could handle the massive cloud infrastructure that was needed to keep everything running smoothly. Developers within Netflix (and volunteers) started to use open source solutions to create automated tools that would test the infrastructure and allow the company to identify any vulnerabilities easily and then find ways to fix them before customers were impacted. While there have been some hiccups over the years, for the most part, this method has worked.
Since that time, Netflix has continued to upgrade its systems as more people are signing up and watching more and more content.
The Big Box Giants
There are two big box stores that we all know: Target and Walmart. These businesses have been utilizing DevOps for years - in both cases, before they were popular in the wider market. Both use DevOps to power the development behind their mobile applications and coupon programs, they also help to transform the cultures of both organizations. While their stores seem to do extremely well in most locations, both struggle online to compete with the likes of Amazon. However, they use DevOps to give online customers the best possible experiences.
DevOps Can Lead To Your Success Story
Using DevOps in development can help to keep your applications safe from different threats that are presented, allowing you to release applications faster. At the same time, your IT teams will be able to adjust and adapt to new technologies as well. By using DevOps, you will be able to stop potential problems and alerting your team instantly.
Small teams benefit from the use of DevOps because it takes some of the pressure off of all team members to take the brunt of the work - and if giants like Amazon or Netflix can do it, your team can certainly do it. You’ll be able to integrate security into your workflow, so it doesn’t seem like anyone is doing “extra” work. At the same time, you will have a better end product that you will be able to take pride in and trust.