Top Five DevOps and Ops Team Challenges for 2015

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Break Network Shackles

Relief Step #4: Break the Network

Remember that immutable networking infrastructure we discussed earlier? Well, now is the time to break the shackles that old infrastructure created. Why wouldn't you want to allow development work for large business systems to be tested on exact duplicates? You might even push forward so fast that you will inevitably break something, but it likely won't impact anyone else. The trick? Leverage advanced virtualization tools (i.e. converting legacy systems to virtual machines) and the power of modern software-defined networking (SDN) technology (rather than staying locked into vLAN and physical devices).

DevOps and operations teams are always focused on problem solving. They are not only under increasing pressure from tech-savvy, app-centric business users to collaboratively solve challenging business problems with IT, but also trying to keep up with a rapidly changing landscape of tools, technologies, processes and adoption. So, as we head into 2015, it is important to take stock of all the potential new challenges ahead … as well as some ways to get ahead of them.

IT infrastructure used to be a service published to the rest of the organization – all new requests were made to and executed by the operations team. However, the process is becoming more democratized and collaborative. And while that is certainly a good thing for business, it shifts the dynamic and responsibilities considerably.

Luckily, knowing what is coming will help DevOps and operations teams better prepare to overcome it. In this slideshow, operations expert Dr. Trevor Parsons of Logentries explores the five challenges teams need to address – from cultural changes and shifting ownership to hybrid environment complications. He also shares steps to take now to overcome future challenges and save some headaches along the way.


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