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Automation frees IT operations to focus on higher-level work and collaborate with cross-functional teams
By: AppDynamics Blog
Apr. 30, 2017 02:45 PM
Is NoOps the End of DevOps? Think Again
Automation, a key pillar of the DevOps movement, frees IT operations to focus on higher-level work and collaborate with cross-functional teams. But what if your automation is so good that developers don’t need you anymore?
Mike Gualtieri of Forrester Research coined the term NoOps in his controversial blog post “I don’t want DevOps. I want NoOps.” In the post, Gualtieri says, “NoOps means that application developers will never have to speak with an operations professional again.”
During his time as a Cloud Architect at Netflix, Adrian Cockcroft expanded on the definition of NoOps in his blog post “Ops, DevOps, and PaaS (NoOps) at Netflix.” “There is no ops organization involved in running our cloud, no need for the developers to interact with ops people to get things done, and less time spent actually doing ops tasks than developers would spend explaining what needed to be done to someone else,” Cockcroft says. In short, NoOps means automation of deployment, monitoring, and management of applications.
DevOps isn’t dying. It is evolving.
Before we look to the future, let’s take a look at the origins of DevOps to give us a better foundation for debate.
A brief history of IT Operations, DevOps, and NoOps
In the late 1980s, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)—a set of standards and best practices shared by the highest performing IT organizations—emerged. While practicing ITIL promised high change success rates and prevented typical disasters associated with software deployment, it did so at the expense of speed. With a reliance on manual controls and bureaucratic procedures, implementing successful changes meant slowing down workflow.
Meanwhile, the software development community was busy forming their own best practices for the rapid development of applications. In 2001, a summit of prominent software craftsmen drafted the Agile Manifesto, kickstarting the agile development movement into full gear. The agile principles empowered small, cross-functional teams to build high-quality software faster than ever before.
The rise of the internet during the 1990s was the catalyst that fueled the demand for better, faster, more sophisticated software. In addition to the process advancements, many technologies advancements, such as version control, continuous integration, configuration management, and virtualization, gained traction during this period.
In 2006, the need for better processes and tools reached a critical mass with the public launch of Amazon Web Services. With the advent of cloud computing, software teams could now outsource their physical infrastructure entirely to cloud providers, and instead manage virtual infrastructure resources via APIs. This infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model allowed development teams to move faster, no longer having to wait on IT to order and provision new hardware.
One year later, platform as a service (PaaS) solutions, such as Heroku and CloudFoundry, made it possible for a single developer with no operations experience to launch a scalable web application over the weekend, because the platform automated everything from commit to deploy.
The day the earth stood still
Riding the momentum of the ’09 Velocity conference, Patrick Debois organized the first Devopsdays conference in Ghent, Belgium. Devopsdays is a worldwide tour of locally organized conferences for developers, sysadmins, and other software professionals to meet and share their stories, ideas, and challenges. Some common themes discussed at Devopsdays include fostering a culture of community and collaboration, blameless post mortems, and applying agile practices and lean manufacturing principles to IT operations.
Since the first Devopsdays, the movement continues to accumulate success stories and widespread adoption including:
Seven Reasons DevOps Is Not Dying
Now that we know the origins of DevOps, let’s return to our original question: Is NoOps the end of DevOps? Of course not!
1. DevOps is a journey
2. DevOps adoption is growing
3. NoOps is not one-size-fits-all
4. NoOps fits within the three ways of DevOps
The second way is fast feedback from right to left as features progress through the pipeline. Because NoOps allows us to ship defects as quickly as features, automated controls are necessary at every stage of the pipeline to ensure defects are caught and remediated early. At the scale of modern software applications, even a small defect could have damaging results for a business.
The third way is continuous learning and improvement. NoOps is exemplary for focused learning and improvement over many years to achieve an ideal of frictionless software deployment. NoOps is a culmination of new tools, techniques, and ideas developed through open and continuous collaboration. To say NoOps is the end of DevOps is to say we have nothing left to learn and nothing to improve.
5. Operations happens before production
6. DevOps is people
7. DevOps requires continuous learning and improvement
Learning and improvement shouldn’t happen only when things go wrong. Everyone should strive to improve their daily work, and organizations should provide incentives for individuals to share their discoveries with the wider organization. With modern IT being a key driver of business success, companies must recognize that turning 10 1x developers into 10 2x developers is twice as effective, and much more realistic, than finding the elusive 10x engineer.
In conclusion, DevOps is forever
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