The Essential DevOps Tools

DevOps tools
DevOps tools

These days, DevOps is a vital practice for organizations. This movement is the result of close collaboration between the development and system operations teams. The DevOps culture continues to grow in importance. But to achieve such a performance, you need to know how to outfit yourself with the right DevOps tools.

To help you see more clearly, Gologic has grouped the DevOps tools under 9 large categories. This is a high-level portrait. Each category in this text deserves its own complete article.

Planning and collaboration tools

Any project starts with good organization. In DevOps, the use of planning tools is crucial for the smooth functioning of the processes. By centralizing product development, you ensure better communication between the collaborators and better information sharing

  • Jira
  • Redmine
  • Slack
  • Teams

Source code management tools

Software development involves saving a source code on a common management platform. Developers deposit and verify their code there, but also control its different versions. As soon as a code is updated, a new version is created. These DevOps tools are therefore used to share the code and consolidate its history:  

  • Github
  • Gitlab
  • Bitbucket
  • Subversion

Continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) tools

These go hand in hand with continuous integration and continuous deployment tools, which receive and record any modification to the source code and enable its automation. They are used to optimize operations and reduce the time required to assemble new features:

  • GitHubAction
  • Azure DevOps
  • Jenkins
  • GitlabCI
  • Concourse
  • CircleCI
  • Drone

Continuous testing (CT) tools

And when we talk about continuous integration, we’re also talking about continuous testing! When the developers deliver their code to the system operators, it is automatically tested with each modification. CT tools evaluate the code, generate reports, and ensure that the previous features are still operational:

  • Robot Framework
  • Cucumber
  • Gatling

Infrastructure configuration management tools

To configure software, teams can count on reliable tools to automate the actions on the servers and efficiently manage the systems infrastructure. These tools guarantee the integrity of the development and better information control in an automated environment:

  • Ansible
  • Terraform
  • VMWare Tanzu
  • OpenShift
  • Docker 
  • Kubernetes

Software repository management tools

Let’s not forget the software repository management tools either. They make it possible to store the different versions of the applications. Having several versions in the development cycle is fundamental to properly measure the types of changes in production, whether it’s a slight correction or a major modification. These tools are beneficial for managing deployments in diverse environments and facilitating software updates. They are definitely essential in continuous deployment and delivery cycles: 

  • Artifactory
  • Nexus
  • Gradle
  • Maven
  • NodeJS

Deployment management tools

To deploy software with total confidence, teams can simplify their tasks thanks to feature flags, which control deployment strategies. Their role is to activate or deactivate features of an application without having to redeploy them afterward. That way, you avoid unexpected setbacks. As for features under development, these will be present but not active and will have no impact on the functioning of the application: 

  • Spinnaker
  • Split
  • Flagsmith

Operations management tools

With regard to ITSM (information technology service management), DevOps teams have every interest in equipping themselves with effective operations management tools. These will improve workflows as well as automated change management:   

Monitoring and quality tools

Since security is a main nerve of the DevOps movement, it seems essential to outfit yourself with tools dedicated to project monitoring and compliance. Continuous monitoring will provide an overview of the project, improve performance, and allow for problem solving:

  • ELK
  • Prometheus
  • Zipkin
  • Grafana
  • Sonarqube
  • Veracode

This list of DevOps tools is not exhaustive. It brings together the tools with which we have acquired experience in our mandates with our clients and which are recognized on the market. The goal is to offer you some possible solutions in your technological choices for your organization.

The key to success lies in the mastery and integration of each tool in the development and delivery cycle. These tools must be carefully selected and play the main role for which they were designed.

Would you like to have an overall picture of the possibilities of a DevOps toolchain? We invite you to consult the table developed by CNCF… hours of pleasure guaranteed! If you would like any additional information, our DevOps experts are at your disposal. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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