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Five Tools for Your DevOps Team

By Megan Berkery

It’s a well-known fact that the DevOps process can be long, complicated, and costly. With hundreds (if not thousands) of iterations being tested, deployed, and revised before a stable, satisfactory build has been reached. Because of this, many developers have begun adopting certain tools for their DevOps processes in an effort to lighten the load and make their jobs that much easier. So, as a result, today we will be covering five worthy DevOps tools for every developer, ranging from multi-million dollar enterprises to the most modest of startups.

1. Git

One of the most widely-used and widely known software development tools out there, Git has become virtually ubiquitous in DevOps, especially when it comes to indie and open-source development. Git essentially allows users to isolate your builds and make changes to repositories without actually committing them to the working build. This tool is useful for smaller developers or teams who want to be able to access their repositories remotely and test changes to the build without actually changing the version of the build everyone else is working on.

2. Kubernetes

Containers have been all the rage lately, and more and more software development teams have been adopting the practice. One of the leaders in container technology is Kubernetes. While the service is relatively young (only having come out in 2015), so is the widespread use of containers themselves, and Kubernetes has the advantage of being a completely open-source service for automating and deploying your containerized applications.

3. Jira

Deadlines are everything for developers; which means that being even a few days behind can mean everything when it comes down to the wire, and anyone who is familiar with DevOps (or anyone who has done a code sprint) will understand how vital planning is when it comes to software and website development. As a result, Jira was created. Jira seeks to solve the planning and tracking issues inherent to development, and allows your DevOps teams to track progress and plan future development and deployments in a simple, easy-to-use ecosystem.

4. Raygun

Bug and crash testing can be incredibly costly for the bottom line and incredibly frustrating for the developers; which means they’re a necessary evil in order to provide the best possible experience for the end user. However, just because they’re necessary doesn’t mean they have to be so frustrating. Enter Raygun, an error reporting and tracking service that can identify errors and crashes down to the exact line of code that caused the issue, which means no more hunting for clues or trying to match timestamps across the development team out what push caused the build error.

5. Contegix DevOps Tool

Last but certainly not least is the DevOps tool? from Contegix. The majority of the platforms we’ve discussed so far have been quality-of-life tools that allow developers to plan operations or simplify deployments, however, the Contegix tool takes this a step further by allowing you to completely automate your (regularly manual) deployments. The tool also allows for point-and-click deployments between all of your environments, greatly speeding up the deployment process that normally ends up taking all too much time. To learn more about our DevOps tool contact us here.

In the end, the DevOps process is integral to success for any developer, whether you’re building repositories with tens of thousand of lines, or small indie projects with a few friends on GitHub. Whatever background you come from, with the right tools in your kit you can greatly simplify and speed up the development process and free up valuable time for your developers.