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DevOps is for everyone

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 13:11 -- Kirsti Stien
Perhaps you’ve heard that DevOps isn’t for everyone, especially not for large and traditional organizations. It’s only practical if you have a new, agile, fast growing company, that exist because of the Internet and its capabilities. You know, like Spotify, Netflix or Uber.

But DevOps has a great impact on the success of IT. According to the 2015 State of DevOps Report, “High-performing IT organizations deploy 30 times more frequently with 200 times shorter lead times; they have 60 times fewer failures and recover 168 times faster.” 

More and more people see the benefits of the cultural shift that DevOps represents. Configuration management, automated deployment, continuous delivery and versioning has started to become mainstream. There is no reason that the value of DevOps shouldn’t be created in large and complex organizations.

Why should large organizations miss out on the opportunity to:

  • Improve deployment frequency
  • Achieve faster time to market
  • Lower failure rate of new releases
  • Shorten lead time between fixes
  • Improve mean time to recovery

The cost of downtime

Downtime has also a very real cost that we have to put into the equation. 70% of IT outages are due to unexpected configuration changes as a result of manual processes and scripts. Puppet has calculated that every minute of downtime costs organizations $5,600 on average.

To fail an audit due to lack of compliance or security misconfiguration pose significant costs and risks, it’s also complex and can be very time consuming. With automation you can reduce the risk by enforcing your security policies and proving compliance.

Mixed environments, moving infrastructure to the cloud, and the use of containerized infrastructure like Docker, results in several more and certainly not fewer servers to manage. Traditional approaches to manage infrastructure and applications are struggling to scale, and also to adapt to the wide range of technologies that exists in the modern data center.

Plenty of mainstream or traditional organizations are already doing DevOps. Those that are not considering DevOps practices risk getting left behind by more responsive and agile competitors.

 

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