Previously, development and operation teams were working disconnected from each other. With the advent of DevOps, development team developed code which mirrors the functionality needed by operations team. The operation teams carried out business processes making optimal use of developed code.
On the other hand, there are 3 main reasons why cloud and DevOps have evolved together. First is the transition from a product economy to a service economy. Second, the firms are shifting to agility and innovation from efficiency and stability. Third, in physical dimension there is an increasing presence of digital products. To develop solutions or to conceptualize the architecture to such an environment, DevOps architect needs to be familiar with a lot of skills. Intellipaat provides such skills in its DevOps training.
Requirements of a cloud and DevOps architect –
- A very robust knowledge on infrastructure automation tools like Ansible, Puppet, Chef.
- Should be well versed in scripting in languages like Ruby, Python and Perl.
- Good knowledge of cloud systems.
- In software testing and software development methodologies there should be extensive knowledge. The configuration and change management practices in Linux environments should be very well understood.
- Expertise in AWS (Amazon Web Services). It’s good to be familiar with Microsoft Azure also.
- Robust troubleshooting skills and technical expertise.
- In DevOps solution deployment and strategy there should be considerable expertise.
- It is good and expected to actively provide inputs to open source projects.
- Project management expertise in Agile is a must. This involves resource management, risk management, planning and execution.
- Should be knowledgeable in continuous integration, automated deployment and release engineering technologies like Graphite, Zabbix, Nagios, New Relic.
- In performance tuning and bottleneck analysis he should have hands-on experience
- Should be well grounded in refactoring concepts and design patterns
Responsibilities of a cloud and DevOps architect –
- The architectural design of the architect should address unit-level organizational initiatives
- Should provide high-quality and value-added solutions to clients at various stages from problem definition to development and deployment.
- Execute, maintain and enhance continuous delivery and continuous integration environments
- Give project guidance, technical leadership and business development in various technical areas
- Involved presence in customer’s workshops and rendering presentations of solution
- Serve as a technical link between support, client and service engineering personnel
- Should periodically review existing design and system architecture
- Produce technical documentation
- Overlook the process of cloud formation, configuration management and auto-scaling
DevOps is more of a work culture than a technology. It was incepted to bring about a perfect co ordination between development and operations departments. Failure of DevOps results when firms try to rectify two silos of dev and ops by creating a third silo DevOps without any broad outlook.
The DevOps process should include various organizational roles like product, agile teams, engineering, quality assurance, security, operations and development working together from problem definition to product delivery. DevOps architect is a key professional who makes optimal use of these organizational roles and DevOps concepts and comes up with optimal system architectures.
Author Bio –
Sonal Maheshwari has 6 years of corporate experience in various technology platforms such as Big Data, Data Science, Salesforce, Cloud Computing, Digital Marketing, CRM, SQL, JAVA, Oracle, etc. She has worked for MNCs like Wenger & Watson Inc, CMC LIMITED, EXL Services Ltd., and Cognizant. She is a technology nerd and loves contributing to various open platforms through blogging. She is currently in association with a leading professional training provider, Intellipaat Software Solutions and strives to provide knowledge to aspirants and professionals through personal blogs, research, and innovative ideas.