Today, DevOps has gone beyond being a collaborative culture and software development automation. It can integrate the new technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things (IoT), and most of all, cloud computing. AWS has emerged as the leader in Cloud services that offers over 200 globally featured resources, ranging from infrastructure to machine learning. The following run-through can help you get a better idea about the top AWS DevOps tools for cloud building and deployment
This fully managed version control service, hosted by AWS eliminates the need for businesses to manage their source control systems or infrastructure to fulfill the increasing demands of the industry. AWS CodeCommit is a git-based service with a repository solution for most version control requirements generating approximately $16.1billion every quarterly revenue. This removes all arbitrary limitations on the repository, file types and file sizes, along with compatibility issues. One of the best things about CodeCommit is that it handles large batches of changes throughout multiple files helping developers to store and manage assets separately.
This AWS tool has an Amazon hyperscale market share of 49%, a cloud infrastructure services share of AWS in the second last quarter, 2021 of 33%, and not to forget, a year-on-year AWS segment growth of over 39%.
So, when you invest in the tool, what are the features that you should be looking at to help build and deployment?
- Easy access and integration
- Access control
- High availability and durability
- Notifications and custom scripts
AWS CodeCommit can help you reduce the time spent on maintenance and administration by around 90%, with a cost savings of approximately $450 per user. With the website becoming highly scalable and flexible, it is also using Amazon’s S3 for storing backup among different availability zones making git repositories readily available.
Also fully managed, AWS CodeBuild is a continuous integration service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages ready to be deployed. CodeBuild scales and processes multiple builds constantly to prevent builds from waiting in the queue. You can also use prepackaged build environments or custom build environments with your own build tools. Moreover, AWS lets you pay for only the build time and resources you use per minute.
Now, coming to the benefits of this AWS DevOps tool below is a list to help you get a rough idea.
- Fully managed build service
- Continuous scaling
- Pay-as-you-go pricing
- Continuous integration and delivery
The price range starts from $0.0034 for 3GB and goes up to a maximum of 244GiB for $0.65. The free tier includes 100 total build minutes every month with the general small instance types. Moreover, this free tier doesn’t expire at the end of a 12-month term and remains available to old and new users alike.
AWS CodeDeploy is yet again another fully managed AWS DevOps service that automates software deployments to a number of compute services such as Amazon EC2, AWS Fargate, AWS Lambda, etc. This deployment service makes it easier to release new features quickly, and avoids downtime during application deployment while handling the complexity of applications smoothly. CodeDeploy also removes the requirement of manual operations, thus, reducing errors. The following are a few benefits of CodeDeploy:
- Server, serverless, and container applications
- Automated deployments
- Minimized downtime
- Manually stopping deployments in case of errors
- Centralized control
- Easy to adopt
- Concurrent deployments
For code deployments to Amazon EC2, AWS Lambda or Amazon ECS through AWS CodeDeploy. However, you will have to pay $0.02 per on-pre instance update. There are no minimum fees or upfront commitments and you only have to pay if there’s an update to an instance. Moreover, if an instance is skipped during the deployment, you won’t be charged for it.
This is a continuous delivery service, also fully managed by AWS, that helps you automate release pipelines for reliable application and infrastructure updates. For every code change, CodePipeline automates the build, tests, and deploys phases of the code that have been changed depending on the defined release model. This enables rapid and reliable delivery of features and updates. Moreover, you can also integrate AWS CodePipeline with other third-party services like GitHub or a custom plugin according to your need. Similar to CodeDeploy, here in CodePipeline too you don’t have to pay upfront fees or sign up for long term commitments.
Much like its counterparts, CodePipeline comes with its own line of advantages and a few of them are listed below.
- Rapid deliver
- Configurable workflow
- Fast kickstarting
- Easy integration
The pricing generally comes to about $1 per active pipeline per month and you can also avail a one-month free trial. However, you might have to pay extra for storing and using pipeline artifacts on Amazon S3. This tool is globally rated at 4.8 out of 5, so, it’s pretty safe to say that you will not be let down.
After going through the above tools, it becomes clear that DevOps can reach great heights with top AWS tools. With a good set of practices for flexible software design and the best tools, you can easily meet the expectations of your business and notice unprecedented results.
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