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DevOps – Pros, Cons, and Challenges

DevOps is a contraction of development and operations. It is a method where a company’s...

DevOps is a contraction of development and operations. It is a method where a company’s teams of operations and development collaborate to make the process of the application development more streamlined. The goal is to discuss and suggest new strategies and tools for the speeding up of the application development process and other relevant features.

Here, we will discuss the advantages, problems, and the challenges that are faced by DevOps.

Pros

The problem with a traditional hierarchy of a development and operations teams working separately was that both lacked the essential communication that could otherwise improve the efficiency of their work. The development teams were too busy working on a list of applications and meeting their deadlines to worry about the pressure on the operations teams, who thought that the coders were simply dropping the pile of codes on them which had similar problems that they had to adjust each time.

DevOps provided a solution to this by integrating the two teams and having them discuss their common problems and try to solve them. Moreover, since now that the two teams are working together, the entire development process of an application takes a shorter time since the development parties are made aware of the potential roadblocks which can then be avoided.

The companies which have integrated DevOps in their structure have found that:

  • Their recovery rate from failures is 24 times faster.
  • The development of their company’s applications is 200 times faster than their competitors who have not adopted DevOps.
  • The quality is improved drastically and the time and effort spent on unplanned work and bug fixing is reduced.
  • The loyalty rates of the employees improve.
  • The clients remain happy with them since the credibility is maintained by providing them the applications on time.

Cons

The main problem with the integration of a DevOps team is that the security takes a back seat, and the company becomes at a risk of security issues. This is because the security team is not integrated with DevOps, and they have no clue what tools or methods are being used for the speeding of the app development process. In order to streamline the process, the DevOps choose speed over security many times, such as skirting around the necessary scans and code checks. This, in turn, introduces vulnerabilities and makes it difficult for the security team to keep track of the many security holes and clog them.

Security measures protect the company, but at a cost of lower speed. DevOps teams, in trying to speed up processes, consider the security measures as obstacles and steer clear of it, and tend to avoid the security teams so that they can have their work done without any hindrance.

Transport layer security is the most vulnerable in companies where DevOps is adopted. The usage of unprotected keys by the DevOps teams in order to use shortcuts allow malicious users the opportunity to pose as trusted factors, or hide in the data, which puts the company at risk of spoofing and man in the middle attacks.

Challenges

The main challenge of integrating a DevOps team is that the security takes a back seat. In order to prevent that, companies must create a strategy in which the security team collaborates with the development and operations teams and comes up with a middle ground that all parties can compromise on. The development and operations teams can try to compromise speed in the cases where security is extremely important, and the security teams can come up with some new tools or techniques to provide security measures that do to not hinder the development process of applications.