Automation is a key factor for DevOps practice that includes Continuous integration, continuous deployment and delivery throughout the software development cycle. DevOps automation focuses on minimizing manual process and improving collaboration between teams without consuming a lot of time. You can implement automation in DevOps by using suitable automation tools. Though there are a lot of tools available in the market, the key to success lies in selecting the right tool for your business needs. Also, a single tool may not contribute to the complete solution of DevOps adoption rather different tools matching the needs of various modules in the practice can be recommended.

The right choice of tools will help you improve collaboration and efficiency, accelerate delivery, release cycle and recovery time. These benefits save time and money that aids in more innovation in business. Let us look into few of the popular tools in the market that influence the IT industry at present.

Jenkins:

The go-to DevOps automation tool for most cases is Jenkins, an open source tool that allows you to automate the entire CI/ CD pipeline and integrate the entire DevOps chain. You can use it either as a server or as a hub for continuous delivery and consists of many plugins for extension and integration purposes.

Bamboo:

Next in line is Bamboo, which consists of many pre-built functionality which eliminates the need of more plugins to perform tasks. It helps in automating the CI/ CD pipeline from the scratch till the end. It is easy to integrate Bamboo with Atlassian products like Bitbucket, Jira, etc and it saves time spent on configuration.

Docker:

Docker has been reigning as the best container platform since its inception. It is an important tool in the distributed development process and is responsible for automating all deployments in your application.  With this tool, you need not worry about dependencies as they are all managed well within containers and shipped as a whole package. Besides, Docker is highly recommended in Cloud computing as the leading cloud providers like AWS and Google support it.

Ansible:

This simple automation engine and configuration management tool is used to configure infrastructure, cloud provisioning, multi-tier deployment and orchestration of internal service. It is said to be simple as it does not require server or database and eliminates the use of agents and extra custom security infrastructure easing deployment. You can avoid complexity in SDLC and improve productivity.

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Git

This distributed source code management tool is widely used by open source contributors and remote teams across the industry that allows you to track and monitor every stage of the development process. You have to host repositories using services like GitHub or Bitbucket to integrate the tool with DevOps workflow. Thus, it sends notification to teams when there is new commit entry and enables version control of software projects.

Nagios

The open source monitoring tool, Nagios helps you monitor your infrastructure to create error free applications. With reports from Nagios, you can record events, errors and outages to foresee security threats or failures. Also, it has huge piles of plugins as a community and a lot of add-ons and tutorials at free of cost. It offers solutions such as Nagios Core, Nagios XI, Nagios log server, Nagios Fusion.

Selenium HQ

This is an open- source automated testing tool that supports multiple languages for scripts like Java, Python, Ruby, etc. It is used for automating the testing process of your application and is supported by biggest browser vendors that have selenium as their native browser. Selenium creates browser based regression test suites for automation and distributes scripts across various environments.

Gradle

It is a build tool that allows you to write code in Java, C++, etc and is supported by IDEs. Google chose this tool as its official build tool for Android studio which in short describes the popularity of Gradle. It is known for the incremental builds as it saves a huge amount of compilation time and is tremendously faster than Maven due to its build cache and daemon.

Kubernetes

Kubernetes is the container orchestration platform that works well with Docker and it ensures proper mechanism to deploy, manage and monitor containerized application. You may not need this if you use few containers but it is required when you manage large scale containerization and reach some level of complexity. It facilitates to deployment of containerized application to not just single computers but to a cluster through automation.

Pick it right

As there are plenty of tools to choose from, you may find it confusing to choose the right one. With some experiments and experience, it could be made easy. Get rid of those concerning baggage as we are here to guide you to pick the best ones that suit your business requirement. Aspire systems offers a variety of DevOps services where it helps you implement the right process with the right usage of tools pertaining to your requirement.

 

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Dhanwandhi Panneerselvam

Executive Research Analyst at Aspire Systems
She holds a Master degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with specialization in Power Electronics and Drives. She is a passionate and an ardent writer who has earlier worked on write ups and several copies related to media. She spends her leisure time reading philosophical books and loves exploring new places & cuisines.