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Revolutionizing Financial Solutions with Cloud-Native DevOps

April 25, 2023

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The adoption of cloud-native DevOps is not just about speeding up development and deployment cycles. It’s also about keeping pace with industry demands for faster, safer, and more efficient ways of doing business.

Cloud-native DevOps represents a holistic approach that seamlessly integrates a multitude of practices and cutting-edge technologies to accelerate the delivery of tangible business value. It harnesses the power of microservices, containers, and application development frameworks to create an agile environment for your applications. This newfound agility empowers businesses to effortlessly deploy their applications across a diverse range of cloud providers or their preferred infrastructure, ensuring compatibility with containerization platforms such as Kubernetes or OpenStack, tailored to individual preferences and needs.

Cloud-Native DevOps Prerequisites and Ancillary Requirements

Cloud-native DevOps serves as an architectural paradigm aimed at streamlining the development process, enabling the creation, testing, and deployment of applications across multiple cloud platforms with minimal overhead. Gartner predicts that, by 2025, approximately 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed in the cloud.

The first step in implementing cloud-native DevOps is understanding your current infrastructure and what changes you need to make in order for it to support this new development approach. In addition, there are other tools needed, such as:

  • Container management systems, essential for efficiently overseeing containers across diverse public and private cloud environments.
  • CI/CD tools, such as Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) or Kubernetes, empowering users with precise control over their Docker images.

The successful implementation of cloud-native DevOps requires a holistic approach to the cloud. This means businesses need to be committed to the cloud without being tied to any one service or technology. For this, it is important to have a clear vision and a deep understanding of your business needs and how these services can meet them. This fosters a service-oriented mindset.

Testing Real-Time Performance in the Cloud

Testing real-time performance in the cloud is a basic requirement for the highly responsive digital landscape of today. The capacity to securely test real-time performance underpins effective DevOps processes. Cloud-based performance testing offers several advantages:

  • Cost-efficiency, as it reduces the need for physical hardware and enables scaling based on demand.
  • Integration with a CI system to ensure a secure and reliable environment, bolstered by automated testing during development, leveraging tools like Jenkins and TeamCity.
  • Security is embedded within the workflows to keep up with deployment cycles and create a stable environment. SASE (secure access service edge) network architecture combines the benefits of SD-WAN with secure web gateways.

The Automation Frontier in Cloud-Native DevOps

Cloud-native DevOps revolves around automation, facilitated by tools like Kubernetes for managing containerized applications. This allows for a faster and more efficient process and enhanced security. You can also take advantage of the many benefits that come with IaC (Infrastructure as Code), such as automated provisioning, which saves you time in setting up servers or creating applications. Gartner predicts that by 2025, 70% of organizations will implement structured infrastructure automation to deliver flexibility and efficiency, up from 20% in 2021.

Automating environment creation for version updates and specific service provisioning simplifies tasks and reduces errors through straightforward replication. Replicating environments is easy and highly recommended due to the magnitude of dependencies, keeping track of which is quite cumbersome. Delegating the provisioning task to the system makes much more sense, as the cloud requirements are dynamic.

Empowering Your DevOps Workforce

Investment in ongoing training will not only increase employee satisfaction, but also bring long-term benefits to the adoption of a DevOps culture. As discussed earlier, embedding a cultural change need to be the first step towards adopting DevOps. This will align the workforce with the organizational goals and help you restructure teams around their competencies. Building capabilities in their areas of interest can further improve performance and provide your organization with cross-department recruitment and promotion opportunities, rather than looking for fresh recruits.

Proactive bug bounties offer phenomenal returns by keeping cyberattacks at bay and maintaining the competitive spirit. Educating employees across the board increases team productivity and employee retention by providing a healthy work culture.

Opus Technologies: Pioneering Futuristic App Development

Cloud-native DevOps represents a platform that combines serverless architecture principles and automation, culminating in microservices, API-based communication, and containerized pipelines. Financial applications particularly benefit from these innovations, gaining heightened reliability and scalability.

Major financial institutions have embraced Opus’ expertise, adopting virtualization technology (VM) to optimize their hardware investments. This forward-looking approach not only streamlines costs over time, but also enables effortless scalability, without the burden of substantial upfront capital.

Furthermore, Opus recognizes the undeniable shift in software development methodologies, moving away from traditional waterfall approaches to embrace agile methodologies. Platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) have responded to this shift by offering Platform as a Service (PaaS) tailored for low/no-code development streams (LCAP). Opus embraces these advancements and focuses on the critical aspects of security and functionality throughout the entire development process.

Ready to pioneer the future of app development with Opus? Contact us today to embark on your transformative journey.

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