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7 Popular Opensource Tools for DevOps Practitioners & Their Benefits

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There are a many challenges that DevOps-driven organizations face. To discuss a few questions that pop up in a DevOps-driven environment: does the organization have a system to track source code’s record? What is the best way to accomplish continuous deployment? How can every activity be monitored for smooth functioning? Etc. Moreover, it becomes increasingly perplexing as one expands and scales from a few servers to hundreds or thousands of servers spanning dozens of different services that must all be managed, secured, monitored, and updated on a regular basis.  

To overcome these fallouts, many organizations are relying on ‘Open-Source Strategy.’ 

In today’s era, most of the tools are Open Source – from coding to monitoring to security to backups. 

The good news is DevOps Training Platform is now Opensource! Opensource tools have a knack over proprietary solutions as they accomplish doing a specific task, where the source code is brought out openly to be modified and used without any cost involved. Open Source is a good fit for Enterprise over proprietary solutions. Opensource DevOps tools are used to channel the process of development and deployment by strategizing. So, by deploying open-source software (OSS) in DevOps, Organizations will incur low costs, and we can minimize the dependency on a single vendor. 

 Before moving forward to open-source migration, companies need to carve out the strategies to plan a seamless open stack at lower cost and have all the benefits of open-source community: 


Picture: Reasons to choose Opensource strategies

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Benefits of Embracing Opensource Practices

Self-Sufficient: Companies should be able to self-support their open stack with adequate resources and skillsets. Architects with Opensource expertise can collaborate with vendors who help them achieve desired results.

Avoid Vendor lock-in: Evaluate the potential partners and avoid working with too many partners as key partners will be beneficial to help run the application swiftly. We need to search for what leverage we can have from our potential partners in terms of packages, application stacks, and infrastructure they can provide us with. Vendor lock-in can be avoided by various factors such as engaging all stakeholders, making applications portable, investigating upgrading before migrating, and always going for designing an architecture that is loosely coupled.

Security: It is a fundamental concern for open-source software. Be a Partner to a vendor who specializes in security which keeps clients informed about security updates and helps them fix bugs to ensure them that they aren’t targeted by any potential security threat.

Selection of right tools: Testing of open-source tools selected is mandatory to ensure that they can be integrated together with every stack of software which includes database platforms as well as monitoring solutions. Engage with an expert to ensure its connectivity and behaviour in various environments.

for relevancy, keeping a competitive advantage, and optimizing modern technology. Ensure that your framework is flexible for modification, and it can also be improved to inculcate new offerings and services that the company will implement down the road.

Although source technology continues to fuel DevOps innovation, incorporating it into a company’s DevOps strategy takes careful consideration for being cost-effective and reducing the workforce to a great extent, which in turn allows them to collaborate seamlessly.

Peer Review:   Peer programmers can aid in improving the source code and collaborate openly with them on a project basis.

Gain IT Experience: With the required experience, one can have complete visibility over building a petabyte-scale data analytics infrastructure, architecture, tools, and processes, which are the key components of technology and operations.

Selecting the right Toolset plays a crucial role in Open sourcing the DevOps Platform.

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Salient Toolsets Aiding DevOps to be Opensource

1) Mesos:  It is a DevOps solution that isolates CPU, memory, storage, and other resources from virtual or physical machines in order to make it easier for DevOps teams to create and run fault-tolerant and elastic distributed systems.

2) Kubernetes: Tool which allows managing multiple Docker containers as a single unit.

3) Puppet: It helps automate the entire software deployment pipeline.

4) ELK: It is a stack of the elastic log management platform.

5) GitHub: A source management tool, compatible with Linux and able to work with distributed systems.

6) Terraform: It helps in equipping infrastructure on any cloud and also facilitates managing configurations, plugins, infrastructure, and state.

7) Ansible: It is an IT automation engine available as opensource tool for configuration management, provisioning, orchestration, application deployment and for accomplishing many other IT processes. .

Get Trained on DevOps Tools

You can hone DevOps skills by getting trained on various tools. CloudThat has a wide-array of training to build your competency in DevOps. Important certifications are:

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  • Ansible Essentials – Level 2
  • Docker Certified Associate (DCA) Certification BootCamp – Level 3
  • Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Certification Training

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1. What is opensource tools in DevOps?

ANS: – Most popular opensource DevOps tools are: Git, Ansible, ELK, Docker, Jenkins, Chef etc.  

2. How many tools are used in DevOps?

ANS: – A typical DevOps life cycle comprises of 8 prominent stages plan, code, build, test, release, deploy, operate and monitor. You need different tools at different stage of        software development. For instance Git is used during code and build stages, Puppet for Deployment, Jenkins for build, test, and deploy processes. Kubernetes for build, deploy and operate.

WRITTEN BY Chandani Maheshwari



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