An open-source policy, when implemented correctly, would save a company time, money, and human resources while allowing them to work efficiently with the best minds in the industry.
FREMONT, CA: During periods of mass disruption, open-source technology thrives, and this pandemic has been no exception. Companies are driving their digital transformation and DevOps initiatives around the board, relying on open source technologies to streamline operations. Although using open source software (OSS) in DevOps can help companies save money and escape vendor lock-in, the tools aren't always backed by an ecosystem that allows them transferable through the company, resulting in interoperability problems and a haphazard workflow. Here are four ways to help companies to create an open-source DevOps strategy:
Less vendors mean fewer issues. When assessing potential partners, remember that partnering with a few main partners (rather than several) will save time and money in the long run by ensuring that applications work together seamlessly and preventing vendor finger-pointing if they don't. Examine potential partners to see which bundles, program stacks, and infrastructure they fund, as well as how much flexibility you have to swap out different components. Avoiding vendor lock-in is crucial, as moving vendors is a costly endeavor if you wish to go in a different direction later.
Invest in Security
In enterprise open source software, security is a significant concern, and it's crucial to ensure that you can respond quickly to potential issues and vulnerabilities. Consider working with a vendor specializing in OSS protection and keeping clients up to date on the latest security changes and bug fixes to ensure that your software is safe. Organizations must have a security expert on standby so that if security is compromised, it can be remedied immediately.
Choose the Right Tools
Not all tools are created the same. Test the open-source tools you've chosen at each stage of your pipeline to ensure they'll work together on the broader toolchain and at any layer of your software stack, including databases, networks, and monitoring solutions. If you have any concerns about their compatibility, talk to a professional who knows how the program will work in different settings, or use free apps that help developers figure out if their tools are compatible across the entire stack. This will assist businesses in selecting the appropriate open source technology early on, saving both time and money.
To remain relevant, maintain a competitive edge, and leverage emerging technologies, open-source implementation in DevOps demands more than a one-and-done approach. Ascertain that your open source approach can be enhanced to include new offerings and services that the organization can introduce in the future and that your vendors or internal teamcan easily change the platform as appropriate.