A buyer’s guide to picking the right DevOps tools

The DevOps framework merges the Development and Operations teams while promoting collaboration and automation. This improves product quality and operational efficiency, thereby ensuring continuous delivery of new and improved products.

With a wide range of open source DevOps tools available for use, selecting those tools that best fit your organizational goals and work culture might prove difficult.  In this article, let us take a look at some important features to look for while selecting DevOps tools.

  1. A dashboard: DevOps dashboards offer a summary of ongoing activity that helps keep both the system admins and the developers on the same page. It offers both the Development and Operations teams access to information about latest updates, key performance metrics, release progress, etc. Select a DevOps tool that has the dashboard feature as it serves an important role in the coordinating your team’s activity.
  2. Automated recovery option: Continuous feedback integration plays a key role in DevOps framework. It helps reduce the release time and allows room for continuous delivery. However, you might come across situations that require you to rollback the latest change in your product. Tools that offer automated rollback option come in handy in such cases. They allow you to fully restore your product to a prior state.
  3. Dependency minimization: Inter and intra-team dependencies are a common setback in the pace of software release cycles. An automated process needs to be introduced to manage dependencies within the system. Make sure that the tools you select offer dependency management as one of the key features.
  4. System configuration and cloud provisioning: In its release cycle, a new piece of software needs to be tested repeatedly for its optimal functioning, performance, and effectiveness. This means that it needs to be deployed to starkly different environments and system configurations. This may greatly slow down the release process. Select tools that enable you to define optimal system environments and provision them on cloud.
  5. Flexibility: Though the DevOps framework is all about automation, automating traditionally manual processes might take you some time. It is, therefore, important that the tools you work with support both manual and automated processes.
  6. Change monitoring: When different teams work on different aspects of a product, it is not possible for one to keep track of all the changes being made. In order to streamline the feedback integration and change deployment processes, it is necessary to select tools that make change monitoring automatic. Select tools that keep a record of all the reported problems and changes made, to greatly speed up your release cycle.
  7. Room for integration with other DevOps tools: The tools you pick must be compatible with other DevOps tools and plugins. This makes it easier to work seamlessly with tools of narrowly defined functions.

Selecting tools with all the necessary features would greatly simplify your job and enhance your productivity. We hope the above list would come in handy when you are faced with the challenge of investing in the right DevOps tools for your projects.