Best DevOps Practices to Enhance Application Performance

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    Many modern enterprises are creating a collaboration between developers and operations, to create DevOps teams that can increase the delivery and reliability of the applications being developed. 

    IT business leaders are exploring opportunities to replace manual, tedious, and error-prone processes executed at the edge of the development and operations teams with advanced automation tools to streamline the designing, development, and deployment phases.

    Enterprises need to integrate automation in the Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines to standardize configuration in all the containers and Infrastructure-as-a-Code (IaaS).

    The operations teams should design and implement the best practices to increase the application reliability by enhancing the capabilities of application monitoring and automating cloud and other infrastructure operations. 

    Here are a few strategies that DevOps leaders can embrace to increase the efficiency of their team:

    Enforce the best security practices since the initial development stages

    DevOps teams cannot design, develop and deliver applications with new functionality with security vulnerabilities inherently present in the application before implementation.

    Disruptions in the business because of security threats and vulnerabilities can have a tremendous impact on the User Experience (UX) and might have an impact on the cash flows. 

    One of the most efficient DevOps strategies is to focus on a shift-left security approach that collaborates with the SecOps teams on the security needs and evaluates the code for vulnerabilities in the CI/CD pipelines.

    The application development and operations teams need to design and enforce stringent security practices in their software development processes. All-time availability is one of the most crucial factors of reliability while analyzing the application performance.

    While developing new applications with advanced functionalities, DevOps teams need to ensure they have effective threat detection and mitigation policies to secure the app against sophisticated web attacks and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

    Ingraining security since the development stage of the application will enable businesses to deliver high-performing tools without compromising security. 

    Develop structured business network blueprints 

    The teams’ design algorithms in the software development lifecycle to improve the organization’s efficiency. However, it is a difficult task to retain the same developers in the same job position or organization for longer periods.

    Hence, a lot of DevOps teams find it challenging to manage the chaos or technical debt inherent in the application infrastructure frameworks because they weren’t developed by them. To overcome these challenges, enterprises need to design centralized teams and develop a reliable, reusable, and compliant blueprint that DevOps teams can access to understand the entire application code efficiently.

    Integrate better observability and continuous testing in the CI/CD pipeline

    DevOps teams can leverage the Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines more than a package or a push code. It is not necessary that all the development principles need to be visible as CD or develop everything as code.

    However, organizations need these codes and CI pipelines to improve the DevOps posture that improves the application performance and reliability. Enterprises that want to design, develop and deploy high-performance applications need to have a strategic approach right from the start.

    The development and operations teams need to be agile and also have strategic work processes to improve the application performance. DevOps teams can integrate continuous testing processes before they increase their deployment frequencies.

    Moreover, they can leverage service virtualization to evaluate the micro services and third-party APIs. Enterprises need to have transparent CI/CD pipelines to strengthen their fault identification and isolate pipeline challenges.


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