DevOps is the latest trend to transform service delivery, but its emphasis on fast application deployment has some corporations worried about the impact on network security. While moving applications from the development phase to deployment in the shortest amount of time may appear risky, DevOps is capable of achieving agile delivery and compliance through robust security policies.
Large corporations want to embrace DevOps as it brings together technology operations, quality assurance and software engineering through communication, collaboration and integration. Traditional app development deployment processes are no longer viable as modern firms need developers that code quickly and a system that supports them through fast creation, testing and deployment procedures.
There are four key steps to enable fast, safe and secure DevOps. Firstly, firms must set up the development, test and deployment environments with the same configurations before performing security reviews during the initial development phase. A thorough inspection of network resources, potential hacks and data leaks at the beginning of the process will mean that it won't have to be performed again further along the cycle. Furthermore, any changes and modifications should be made at the same time to reduce potential problems with security rules and other tasks. Finally, only the IT security team should be able to access and adjust the VLAN, firewall and network connectivity.
New software and technologies for IT architecture
IT expert and Wikia vice president of technical operations Wade Warren claims the incident management system PagerDuty is an ideal platform for large firms that want to blend new technologies and platforms within an existing IT infrastructure in order to drive efficiency, improve integration and reduce complexity.
He said: “PagerDuty has allowed me to seamlessly build a global staff into a cohesive team to provide rapid response to problems in our production environment, which is serving a user base of nearly 140 million people around the globe. It integrates with all our internal and external monitoring systems and provides visibility into the health of our infrastructure from an executive level, including all the detail needed for our technical staff to drill into problems right away, reducing our time to repair.”
FieldView Infrastructure Software is also enabling firms to identify waste and inefficiencies easily through a simple monitoring and reporting solution that covers all IT facilities. Meanwhile, PI Worldwide vice president Todd Kokoszka has hailed the benefits of the Microsoft Azure platform, which integrates seamlessly with its current database management systems while cutting down the time required to provision and configure new servers.
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