Narinder Kumar shares tech considerations on DevOps for Startups

We live in an era of start-ups, where young entrepreneurs, who are born in the digital age, have caused most of the age-old businesses to rethink their business models. The new-age start-ups live and thrive on digital disruption.

They embrace emerging technologies and follow agile and lean methodologies for iterative development. Many newcomers have shown remarkable success with their innovative digital products that address real life challenges.

However, the start-ups anatomy is such they have to function with optimized resources be it people, time, or money. In such a challenging situation, it becomes highly critical to maintain low infrastructure costs and yet improve business agility.

Typically, it’s a common trend for a start-up to begin with building a minimum viable product to represent its innovation. 

Further, businesses can improve their products on the basis of stakeholder or user feedback. Many a times, this requires multiple-code commits or releases in a day. This is where DevOps comes to the rescue!

DevOps helps businesses improve the relationship between Development and Operations team by making them more collaborative, synchronized and agile. Combining DevOps with Cloud technology has revolutionized the way products are built. It has helped businesses keep up with rapidly changing market demands.

Further, DevOps can help automate the entire delivery pipeline, making it simple for teams to deploy multiple-code changes, keeping the code in releasable state always.  A start-up should adopt DevOps in the early development phase.

Here are 6 important technical considerations to keep in mind while implementing DevOps in a Start-up Culture.

1.Automation
Given the start-up anatomy, automation is crucial. It not only helps reduce redundant processes, but also reduces human efforts required in the compilation of code, testing, QA, monitoring and reporting etc. While automation can be extremely helpful, overdoing it by using too many automation tools can lead unexpected outcomes. Hence, a careful evaluation of the entire product lifecycle should be taken into consideration.

2. ‘Dockerization’

To keep pace with consumer expectations, start-ups demand agile, flexible, scalable and consistent environments for their applications. Hence, they need a lightweight and portable infrastructure that is also cost effective. Docker technology has gained a lot of popularity recently. Docker container is typically a software development platform that packages applications in containers allowing them to be portable. It is an open source software bucket that contains everything needed to run the software component independently.  It can also be thought of as another form of virtualization that is extremely lightweight and can run multiple containers simultaneously.

3. Optimizing Server Utilization
One of the major focus areas in a start-up is to keep the infrastructure costs at minimum and over-provisioning or under-provisioning of infrastructure can be a costly cloud computing mistake that start-ups can make. Instead, start-ups should smartly provision as per average consumption and opt at spinning up infrastructure as and when needed.

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