DevOps for the Cloud: Key Findings and Introduction to Automation Tools – Part 2

Alibaba Cloud and its products have proven to be one of the most elastic in terms of usage. Cloud infrastructure mainly depends on how precise, optimized, and properly placed your products and services are. Products like the Elastic Compute Service (ECS) and Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) have brought enormous elasticity of operations and easier development/deployment for developers.

Similarly, the DevOps solutions offered by Alibaba Cloud have optimal reliability associated with accelerated development and delivery of applications on the cloud. Implementing DevOps has taken away the two roles of development and operations and made these two a single entity. This has helped complete organizational goals while staying in sync.

As we discussed in part one of this article, Alibaba Cloud has worked toward providing exactly what organizations seek, an urgency to develop a unified software development and delivery model. In part two of this article, we will discuss more automation tools associated with DevOps that will further provide better automation and delivery models.

Why Is DevOps Preferred? | Software Development Model

DevOps is mainly preferred because it offers some of the most important mechanisms for better and more enhanced application development, delivery, and the aftermath. It provides very convenient automation for building, testing, and reporting. These processes ensure a more reliable, error-free, and efficient integration and development.

Efficiency in resource management is another plus when it comes to saving resources while repeatedly solving the same problems. Alibaba Cloud DevOps provides a standardized approach to deployment and the production environment. With that, end-to-end monitoring provides a robust and error-free system, ensuring business agility. Now, let’s discuss some other DevOps tools.

Container | Microservices | Alibaba Cloud

With the help of Container Microservices, a user can run an application across multiple computing environments. It could be a production environment or moving from a physical machine to a virtual machine on the cloud. The only requirement is ensuring the same kernel type.

Alibaba Cloud Container Service helps overcome conflicts between teams working on different software within an infrastructure. It creates microservices that are small parts that constitute a bigger application. It enables the reuse of code for the developer and also enables a container to dislodge an application from its surroundings so the developer teams can continue working on such containerized application fragments. These containers work on a single OS and share a kernel with containers.

Why should I use Containers?

The Alibaba Cloud team has worked and come up with extreme refinements to the complete process of implementing the container methodology. With containers, you can distribute an application into multiple microservices. These microservices are tiny elements that work together to form a bigger application. This minimizes the total time taken between build, test, deploy, and integration cycles and accelerates development.

With the time saved in the initial phases of development to deployment, better forms of business agility are achieved. This form of deployment ensures an optimized cloud infrastructure as the user can deploy multiple containerized applications within a single cloud instance. Containers are very lightweight services that are very easy to manage and can be deployed onto multiple operating systems and/or virtual machines.

One such service that has made its mark is Kubernetes.

Kubernetes is an open-source system that is used to automate deployment and achieve scalability with containerized applications. You can follow this guide on Alibaba Cloud’s website to create an ACK Cluster. ACK is the Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes.

After deploying Kubernetes with Alibaba Cloud you can achieve

  1. Service publication and rollback.
  2. Elastic expansion and self-reparation.
  3. Service Discovery and Server Load Balancing.
  4. Secrets and configuration management.

Let’s take look at how the Container Service works:

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