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Growth is universally considered a good thing for businesses. Do more work, make more money, get your products and services to more people. But you’ve got to make sure your IT tools and processes can keep up. For organizations experiencing change, scaling DevOps is one of the most important factors to consider in sustaining that growth.
In this blog, we’ll share some of the most salient criteria, use cases, and considerations for scaling DevOps in your organization.
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The definition of scaling in DevOps is the process of expanding and shrinking your systems and practices as you need them. Scaling in DevOps requires automation technologies and a forward-thinking DevOps mindset.
Different teams do DevOps differently, so the elements that matter most when scaling may also differ. But there are a few marks of a successful DevOps scaling initiative. The components of your DevOps practices you should consider when scaling up or down include:
Of course, scaling something as complex, nebulous, and wide-reaching as a DevOps initiative isn’t easy. Here are some of the growing pains of a DevOps scaling strategy:
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Here’s how to know it's time to scale up your DevOps practices:
Your choice of DevOps tools matters as much as your mindset when it comes to scaling. Think of it this way: Would you rather look for solutions to a problem while you’re dealing with it, or pick a tool that can handle it all before you ever encounter the problem?
Of course, you can’t see the future – but the right choice of tools can make your job much, much easier when it comes time to scale your DevOps initiative. Here’s what to look for in a DevOps tool that can help you scale:
Automation is the lifeblood of DevOps. It’s not just that automation speeds up work by automating repetitive tasks. From a business perspective, the value of automation in DevOps is that it allows your team to focus on things that really matter to the business, like creating killer software and infrastructure.
Here’s how automation makes it possible to scale DevOps with less effort:
As you can probably tell, scaling DevOps isn’t just a matter of telling more people how to do the same jobs. It’s also not a simple tool swap. It’s both, and moreover, it’s about rethinking the way you do DevOps, why you do it, and your criteria for the tools you pick to do it.
Many automation tools are built for quick provisioning, testing, and deployment to get you started in DevOps. Puppet is an IT automation and configuration management solution built from the ground up to scale with your organization’s DevOps. With a free trial of Puppet Enterprise, you can get your hands on robust automation tools before you need to scale up.
Principal Solutions Architect/Product Management, Puppet by Perforce
Edwin Maldonado is a Product Manager at Puppet by Perforce, where he leads the Puppet Forge. Before joining the Product team, Edwin worked as a Solutions Architect at Puppet, and as a Software engineer and consulting architect in Europe. He enjoys learning about history and being a home barista.
Principal Solutions Architect
David Sandilands is a senior solutions architect.