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Automation in DevOps

“Automation has become the trend everywhere including in the field of DevOps. The use of automation in DevOps allows manual tasks as well as repetitive tasks to be done without human intervention.”, Says Bahaa Al Zubaidi.

As per Bahaa Al Zubaidi, the aim of DevOps automation is to reduce manual workload and to streamline the lifecycle. It can be used at all phases of the development lifecycle.

Why Automation in DevOps?

Using automation in DevOps leads to many significant improvements like:

  • Eliminating the requirement for large teams.
  • Reducing errors done by humans.
  • Improving the productivity of teams.
  • Ensure the DevOps lifecycle speed.

Automation uses various software tools and preset configurations to ensure automation of tasks.

Key benefits of DevOps automation

The many key benefits of DevOps automation has made it popular in recent day. The benefits include:

Enabling of Standardization

Standardized processes, workflows, technologies, metrics, and protocols are needed to address the challenges that DevOps teams face. Standardization helps in minimizing duplication, reducing risks, and offers clear guidelines to teams. It is important that standardization does not come in the way of adaptability.

If tools are standardized without adaptability, then it would create conflicts with evolving practices and technologies. When standardization is carried out, it should adapt to technological improvements and new requirements.

When a standardized library of tools is needed, it is important to have a workflow to approve the tool and include in the standard library. This helps to ensure agility and remove performance bottlenecks.

Ensures consistency

Consistency is a key benefit of DevOps automation. It ensures predictability in the process. This is done because automation helps to identify errors and behavioural issues. Elimination of errors caused by humans can be eliminated.

Ensures scalability

It is very easy to scale processes that are automated as compared to manual processes. Scaling becomes easy by including additional processes that can meet requirements.

If manual processes are used, non-availability of team members can impact scaling. In automation, the only constraint for scaling is the lack of hardware and software. If cloud-based automation is used, this constraint would be removed.

Increases speed

The improved speed at which various stages of the lifecycle can be completed is the biggest benefit of DevOps automation. This improves timely delivery. The benefit of automation is that processes are executed without the need of human intervention,

Flexibility

Automation increases flexibility in terms of functionality and scope. The configuration of the automation allows changes to be made easily so requirements are met. This makes it more flexible as compared to training team members.