Top 10 Useful DevOps Platforms for Startups/SMBs

All in one business methodologies like DevOps platforms help startups and SMBs to successfully achieve business sustainability and higher return on investment (ROI) in today’s fiercely competitive marketplace.  

DevOps logoSmall businesses always try to manage all business processes with minimum resources due their budget constraints. To achieve thier objectives, they opt for resource-multitasking, strong collaboration, effective communication and knowledge sharing at all levels of business operation. All processes of a business such as software development, testing, quality assurance, and operation are integrated in a way that maximum business results are achieved at a very minimal cost and time. A large number of DevOps platforms have been deployed in different industries for business automation, especially in the software development based business models; those platforms are successfully fulfilling the desired purposes for all sized businesses, especially for SMBs.

In different surveys, it has been found that by virtue of DevOps platform implementation, business process failures have reduced by 50% and the speed of software code deployment also increased considerably. Owing to those facts, a huge growth of DevOps adoption has been recorded in 2014. Chef DevOps platform recorded as much as 70% growth in its sales in year 2014, and Puppet Lab also recorded a substantial growth in its business growth. It has also been predicted by the industry experts that this trend of fast adoption of DevOps will continue in many years to come.

In this article, we are discussing top 10 DevOps platforms that have successfully established their strong presence in the marketplace.

1.   Atlassian Connect

AltassianAtlassian is a very well known name in the domain of collaboration software platforms. It launched its new DevOps tool named Atlassian Connect in 2014. This tool – in association with its supporting software – offers powerful automation and collaboration for software developers to develop, test and implement the code on this consolidated platform very fast and easily. This platform is achieving a regular growth in both the SMBs and large enterprises sectors equally. This platform has got the support of other Atlassian products such as Atlassian Git Essentails and Atlassian Marketplace that makes it more productive and useful for businesses.

2.   Chef

ChefChef DevOps platform is a very popular name in the industry of software development and process automation. It has a large support for different cloud infrastructure providers such as AWS, Rackspace, VMware, MS Azure, Google, IBM, Docker, Juniper Networks and others. The Chef Automation platform allows fast software development, testing and deployment to properly manage security, flexibility, and scalability of the systems. Chef is already in collaboration with MS Azure to provide automation capabilities to its cloud infrastructure. New frameworks such as Chef DK, Knife Plug-in, Chef Metal & Action, Docker Support and others have also been included in both of its commercial and open source platforms to attract the large sized IT companies. In 2014, Chef has recorded a substantial growth of over 70% in its DevOps platform sales. Chef is available in both the open source and commercial versions.

3.   Puppet Lab

Puppet DevOpsPuppet Lab is a very well known name in the field of DevOps to automate the configuration management of all sized organization. Puppet lab tool is available in both open source (free) and commercial versions. This platform offers a comprehensive automation of IT infrastructure life-cycle. The major tasks accomplished by this platform at different stages of infrastructure lifecycle include application management, orchestration, service provisioning, reporting and others. Puppet Lab also offers training and certification to the qualified professionals who have achieved the required level of skills. Puppet uses a domain based simple programming language that allows easy management of infrastructure and configuration for the enterprise customers. A newer version of this platform has been released in 2014 that has additional reporting and management capabilities.

4.   Jenkins

Jenkins DevopsJenkins is an open source platform for continuous integration server that is built in Java language, and available for free. The current release of this platform is 1.619. There is a huge library of supported plugins that offer numerous functionalities and features to build and test any IT project. The current number of its plug-in is over 1058 and counting. Its capability to offer continuous integration services for software development lifecycle is very popular in different industries across the globe. This platform offers great flexibility and freedom to build and implement the codes very easily and effectively. This platform supports different projects written in almost all languages. A comprehensive support for different databases is another salient feature of this platform.

5.   Ansible Tower

AnsibleWorksAnsible Tower, a consolidated and comprehensive automation platform was launched in 2014 to offer enterprise-level solutions for configuration management, application deployment, and orchestrations. It is an open source solution with very advanced level features and capabilities; the main features include real-time configuration output, simple user interface, new command line UI, and support for different cloud platforms such as Google Compute, MS Azure, and VMware. This platform also supports RHEL 7 and CentOS 7. Recently, the company has announced Ansible Tower AMIs tool to support different deployment options. This platform supports human readable automation language to offer fast automation solution for all sized businesses. It is an agent-less platform and uses SSH to provide robust security and reliability.

6.   SaltStack

SaltstackSaltStack is an industry grade IT infrastructure and code development automation platform. It was first launched in 2011. The latest release of DevOps version of this platform is Salt 2014.1.0, which was released in 2014. It is considered as one of the biggest releases in the industry with as many as 7085 commits. The main features of this platform include full application orchestration for all types of VM, OS, code, application/container, continuous code deployment, app monitoring and auto healing feature, and support for ITOps and CloudOps. New release of Salt supports different cloud platforms such as SoftLayer, Google Compute Engine, MS Azure, Docker management, BSD management, and Ubuntu/Debian management. Salt makes the software development, testing, and deployment very simple and easy with full flexibility and freedom. It saves a lot of time and resources during the entire software development lifecycle.

7.   Vagrant

Vagrant DevOpsVagrant is a very efficient and effective virtual environment of software development for all kinds of businesses and developers. It is a very lightweight and simple to install and use. Vagrant is available in both open source and proprietary releases. It was first established in 2010. This platform is developed in Ruby on Rail language and supports all industry standards and best practices. It offers a consistent development environment for whole team, and allows testing and integration of the application with different provisioning tools such as Puppet, Shell script and others. It supports all popular operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux. It has numerous features for different roles such as operation engineer, developer and others.

8.   Splunk

Splunk DevopsSplunk DevOps was released in 2014. The main focus of this platform is on mobile app developers and online security experts. It provides a consolidated collaborative platform for both the developers and the security experts to monitor the behavior of the application, and its security status and modern threats. Splunk released its latest enterprise version 6.2 recently to make DevOps more pervasive across the industries. It is very simple and easy to use for managing different types of data related to mobile application. This platform offers DevOps teams a deeper perspective on whole software system to know about the failures, bottlenecks, and causes of faults.

9.   TeamCity

Team City DevOpsTeamCity is a very powerful tool for continuous integration and deployment suitable for professional developers, managers, build engineers and web administrators. It is available in two – professional and enterprise – versions; professional version is free for ever and enterprise version is a paid version and available to choose at any time. TeamCity platform is written in Java language, and has more than 100 plugins available to choose from. Numerous functionalities and features can be achieved through the use of those plugins. TeamCity offers an open API to develop any new plugin for any new customized feature and business needs.

10.   ServiceNow

ServiceNow DevOpsServiceNow offers a wide range of business process automation features to manage IT operations, custom application development, and business process management. A very fast paced development of business application has become possible through ServiceNow automation platform in a very short span of time. It allows customers to develop, test and deploy and even modify software applications at a very fast speed; thus, increasing software development efficiency and business effectiveness. It has launched a very powerful tool called as App Creator, which allows users with limited programming knowledge to create custom applications for their business needs. According to IDC research, ServiceNow help achieve as much as 449% of ROI within as low as 7.4 months payback period.

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