In the world of hybrid clouds, applications must be deployable in both on-premise infrastructure and public-cloud infrastructure. To truly move towards an efficient DevOps and hybrid-cloud strategy, businesses need containers and DevOps tools.
The combination of DevOps and containers is a way of doing efficient IT operations in the cloud. Things like virtualization and continuous delivery seem to be perfectly suited to the cloud-like environment.
DevOps takes an end to end IT agility approach to software development and delivery process. The build, test and deployment from single point of service ensure faster time-to-market and delivery with improved ROI.
A container image is a lightweight, stand-alone, executable package of a software that includes everything needed to run business operations. The code, runtime libraries, settings are all included. Containerized software will always run the same, regardless of the environment. Containers isolate software from its surroundings and help reduce conflicts between teams running different software on the same infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud is the combination of one or more public cloud providers (such as Amazon Web Services) with a private cloud platform — one that’s designed for use by a single organization or private IT infrastructure i.e. OpenStack etc.
Hybrid clouds connect the private and public clouds so that applications can be ported back and forth across environments and teams as needed. It provides a stable compute foundation to build, deploy, and manage those applications.
Cloud environments, containers and virtual platforms run side-by-side in a hybrid cloud environment which frees development and operations teams to release and scale as needed. This interconnected nature allows development and operations teams to work together in a DevOps model.
DevOps tools play a special role in their ability to automate the process of building containers. They orchestrate the process of creating the initial application image and all of its dependencies and configurations that are then “containerized.”
DevOps tools that focus on enabling continuous processes, such as Jenkins and other release automation tools, are essential for taking a technology like containers and incorporating it into the larger goal of continuous deployment and delivery.