KB027 What are the Best Tools for DevOps and Why

To be successful, DevOps need to use the right combinations of tools, techniques and practices.

There are many tools and technologies to choose from, that will support automation and collaboration between teams. Although many tools touch all phases of the development cycle in one way or another, there is no single tool that plays the primary role in each phase.

It’s important to always be on the lookout for tools to improve efficiency and productivity. The only problem is that there are so many options out there. Where do you start?

Here’s a list of some DevOps tools that might help to save you some time.

For Configuration Management:

Chef

Chef is an open-source software developed by Opscode community in 2008. It is a powerful configuration management automation tool.

It automates application configuration, deployment and management across network. It is easy to integrate with cloud-based platforms and supports multiple platforms like AIX, RHEL/CentOS, FreeBSD.

Ansible

Ansible is an open-source tool which provides one of the simplest ways to automate your apps and IT infrastructures such as network configuration, cloud deployments, and creation of development environments.

“Ansible” is a science fiction reference to a device that can transfer information faster than the speed of light.

It was created to be easier than Puppet or Chef for doing configuration management of Linux clustered web applications. It combines functionality support deployment and configuration management. It is based on master-slave architecture and is completely agentless and uses simple syntax written in YAML.

For Version Control:

GIT

GIT is a free-open source version control system which allows you to track changes in your file and, by using it you can easily coordinate the work among your team. Git can be used to deploy as well as being a version control system. It allows for distributed development and enables a faster release cycle.

For Build Automation Tools:

ANT

ANT was originally written in 2000 to be the build tool for Apache Tomcat.

ANT = “Another Neat Tool”.

It is XML-based and fulfills the need for the build automation tasks, compiling the code, packaging the binaries, deploying the binaries, testing some of the changes, copying the code and static files for deployment or archive.

Maven

Maven is a popular, open-source tool for both development and testing. Maven was released in 2004 with the goal of improving on Ant. Maven introduced the ability to download dependencies over the network. Its format is structured and standardized, and it works well for simple applications. It processes the entire build lifecycle in one pass.

For Continuous Integration:

Jenkins

Continuous Integration is a software development practice where members of a team integrate their work frequently. Jenkins is a free open-source continuous integration server written in Java. You can use it to integrate all of your DevOps stages with the help of around 1000 plugins. It can help you to find and solve bugs in your code quickly and automate the testing of their build.

For Monitoring:

Nagios

Nagios is a powerful monitoring system which enables you to find and resolve IT infrastructure problems before they affect critical business processes. It monitors and troubleshoots server performance issues, and helps you to plan infrastructure upgrades before outdated systems cause failures.

ELK

What the heck does a large North American deer have to do with monitoring? ELK is a combination of three powerful, opensource tools: Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana and is used to collect insights out of your logs or data. It is an open source tool with multiple plugins, is lightweight and easy to deploy.

For Continuous Code Quality:

SonarQube

Continuous Code Quality plays a very important role in DevOps. SonarQube is a free and open source “code quality platform”. It gives you a moment-in-time snapshot of your code quality, as well as trending lagging and leading quality indicators. It also offers quality-management tools e.g. IDE plugins, integration with Jenkins, and code-review tools. It covers not just bugs but also coding rules, test coverage and duplications.

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