10 Myth About DevOps: Busted

DevOps, a new methodology that would disrupt the IT development industry, was introduced in 2007 and 2008. Although DevOps had a significant impact on the way IT thinks and works, companies took some time to adopt it. Businesses took the time to learn about DevOps. This is why it was slow to be adopted. Although organizations have been embracing DevOps in a big way, there are still a few misconceptions that prevent them from implementing it. These are the top 10 myths surrounding DevOps.


1)  DevOps can be a tool

Most people believe that DevOps can be used as a tool or product. This is false. DevOps cannot be bought or subscribed to as a technology or tool. It’s a method that integrates operations, development, and security into a cross-functional team to collaborate on software development projects. This system relies on tools, processes, and people. Continuous integration can be achieved by using CI servers like Bamboo, Jenkins and Gitlab. Kubernetes and Docker allow for automatic deployment and management.

2)  DevOps stands for the Web

DevOps was popularized by SaaS-based companies like Netflix and Etsy, creating the impression that DevOps only applies to web companies. Although DevOps is a preferred method for web platforms, it can be used for any type of modern software delivery. Continuous delivery allows web companies to offer the most current software. However, it is also useful for native and non-web applications.

3)  DevOps means CI/CD

DevOps is a tool that helps organizations deliver continuous delivery through the creation of CI/CD pipelines. However, it is just one part of the DevOps process. DevOps does not just focus on CI/CD, but also deals with the entire organization. DevOps is more than tools and processes. It creates cross-functional teams that collaborate seamlessly and communicate throughout the product lifecycle. Businesses should focus equally on people, tools, and processes to fully benefit from DevOps.

4) DevOps Solves All Problems

Common misconception is that DevOps will automatically handle all your problems when you use it to create continuous delivery pipelines or automate processes. You must first design the right DevOps strategy, with the right tools and the right people to manage the processes. You must also set up continuous feedback loops and analyse metrics to continuously update the process. DevOps does not automatically fix everything.

5)DevOps can be used by both developers and operations teams.

DevOps is short for Development and Operations. It started as a system that combined these two teams to work together on software development projects. However, the system has evolved greatly. DevOps cross functional teams today include members from QA, security and administrators, data engineers, analysts engineers, business management, and data engineers. Interesting to note is that cross-functional teams include members from sales, marketing and tech support.

6) DevOps stands for End of Operations Teams

Developers can automate software deployments to production environments in an automated DevOps environment using tools like Jenkins, TeamCity and Docker. It doesn’t necessarily mean that operations professionals are done. Ops teams have the option to use Infrastructure as Code (IaC), tools that allow them to manage infrastructure through code. Ops teams play an important role in the DevOps team’s responsibility for the entire product life cycle.

7) Programming is a must for Operations professionals

It is common to believe that operators professionals need to be proficient in programming languages, with infrastructure as code being at the forefront of infrastructure management. Although you will need to be able to understand basic scripting concepts, you don’t have to be an expert in programming languages like C# or Java. Ruby, for instance, is an IaC language that’s easy to learn. Ops teams that have basic scripting skills can quickly pick this system up.

8) DevOps can only be used in non-regulated industries

People often believe that DevOps is not suited for highly regulated industries because of strict security and compliance policies. DevOps is also great for highly regulated industries. DevOps makes compliance easy because you can keep audit trails of all automated processes. This means that business processes can always be audited.

9) DevOps can be cloud-based

Many people mistakenly believe that DevOps can be deployed in the cloud. Some people also use the term “cloud” interchangeably with DevOps. DevOps does indeed bring dynamic infrastructure resources to the table. It doesn’t necessarily mean that DevOps requires a cloud infrastructure. DevOps can be dynamically tested and deployed code.

10) DevOps is replacing Agile

One common myth about DevOps says it will replace agile. DevOps is a tool that enables agile practices. It incorporates continuous integration, continuous testing and continuous deployment. It complements agile software development. DevOps can only be fully leveraged if you choose the right strategy. AVIANET can help you!