DevOps is one of those concepts that businesses growing their services can find difficult to grasp. Merging the goals of operations and development to build cloud technologies that scale and support business operations can be a time-consuming task. Rackspace hopes to encourage their customers to make use of this capability with their new DevOps Automation Service.
Acknowledging that the lack of DevOps talent is one of the major factors in businesses avoiding making use of the rapid deployment and prototyping capabilities of the hybrid cloud, Rackspace believes that their automation tools will encourage customers to translate their business needs to the hybrid cloud environment, making use of the new tools to make implementing new hybrid cloud based processes more practical.
Beta customers have found that the tools have made a number of required processes more manageable:
- Configuration management
- Change management
- Alert monitoring
This is in addition to the fundamental task of building and deploying the hybrid cloud based applications.
Because the entire infrastructure is automated, customers are able to do more with less; the requirement for specialized expertise is reduced, and the customer can focus on the business process much more than the enabling infrastructure. The automation leverages many technologies that Rackspace already had in place, so customers get better value for their Rackspace investment while expanding their business capabilities.
The initial release of the DevOps automation supports Linux-based applications, including MongoDB and MySQL database support including PHP, Python, Ruby, Go, Java, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, Flask, Meteor, MySQL, MongoDB, Riak, Cassandra, Solr, Elasticsearch, Hadoop, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Memcache, Varnish, Redis, Cloud Monitoring, RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ and support for application and infrastructure monitoring, both log-based and real-time. Support for Windows Server and applications is expected to be added in the near future.