The way we have been thinking about the Internet has slowly been shifting. In the 1990s, it was curiosity and little more, one explored by tech geeks and limited heavily by the slow speeds of the time. Even in the early 2000s, it was becoming a useful tool for many, with sites such as Wikipedia starting in 2001 and YouTube becoming practical in 2005.
As data became ever cheaper to stream and more people became connected, cloud services became more viable and essential to burgeoning e-commerce sites. Amazon Web services, or AWS, was set up in August 2006. A decade later, it would become the most successful cloud infrastructure company in the world.
Those focusing on DevOps may need to integrate AWS with their software. Here are five tips for doing so.
✓ Read and Read
Amazon provides a range of materials on AWS as it relates to DevOps, including an Introduction to DevOps on AWS and Practising Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery on AWS. Both these papers are particularly useful because they allow you to apply concepts in the real world and build upon your knowledge.
✓ Build on Certification
Those who already have a background in software testing should consider the AWS Certified Developer Associate or the DevOps Professional certification exam. Both of these offer an intensive background in using DevOps principles with AWS and can build upon existing knowledge.
However, if you are completely new to AWS, the associate level certification is the best place to start.
✓ Deploy Applications to AWS Resources
AWS makes it easy to deploy applications, as well as on-premises servers. This, you would use AWS CodeDeploy. While you will need to install an agent and register those servers in AWS, you can then ensure they are targeted as part of a deployment group. Naturally, this would result in a CI/CD pipeline, which you can build using CodeCommit, CodeDeploy, and CodePipeline.
✓ Choose You IaaC Solution Carefully
There are quite a few IaaC solutions available, and the native IaaC tool on AWS is CloudFormation. However, is not the only one you can use, and solutions such as Terraform, Kubernetes and Ansible can all be worth a look, depending on what exactly you need. Terraform provides more options for a multi-cloud environment, while Ansible provides simplicity of use for many. However, it’s usually slower.
Ultimately, you do not have to use a native solution, and it may be more cost-effective and practical to use an alternative.
✓ Use Amazon DevOps Guru
AWS launched Amazon DevOps Guru in January 2021, having unveiled it the year before. It helps identify problems with under-provisioned compute capacity, memory leaks, and misconfigured alarms. It also delivers an integrated dashboard with pages that display anomalies and provide some contextual information and recommendations on what to do.
Issues can be classed as reactive or proactive, depending on whether they either exist currently or may occur in the future. This helps software developers more precisely pinpoint issues with code and highlights future issues that may need resolving quickly. This is part of Amazon’s attempt to foray into the MLOps field.
Ultimately, if you need a solid partner who can handle DevOps with AWS, talk to Sonatafy today. We can handle a huge range of scenarios, including integrating existing platforms into AWS using our skilled teams today.
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