While DevOps is still a nascent software development method, suppliers sense it is an approach that is ready to expand quickly. The latest to join the jockeying for position is HP, which on Tuesday announced it is adding IT automation tech from Chef to its Datacenter Care line, with the aim of bringing DevOps to the enterprise.
The automation of IT infrastructure is all about turning ideas into code so that IT management is "versionable, repeatable and less costly," according to Chef's vice president of business development Ken Cheney. He said this new agreement will mean that HP will transform its customers' datacentres so they "can be transitioned to more agile, consistent and efficient IT operations".
By automating both computing resources and applications, Chef enables developers and operations to work together to rapidly deliver new services.
Platforms like Chef, but also Ansible, CFEngine, Puppet, and Salt, are slowly moving from niche products beloved of the tech community to mainsteam products. One of the ways in which they are doing this is through DevOps.
A white-hot buzzword-of-the-moment, DevOps is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration, and integration between software developers and IT professionals. The two fields are inter-dependent but at times relations between the two have been frosty.
HP technology services, which includes HP Datacentre Care, is a $10bn business. Part of its remit is supplying these services to about 10,000 users who will be using Chef to automate datacentre management.
"Standard Bank is the largest bank in Africa and it has a large operation in London too. They are big users of Chef," said Justin Arbuckle, vice-president for EMEA at Chef. "How do you manage to deploy in a highly fragile infrastructure environment like Africa with reliability?"
Standard Bank's plan is to manage the infrastructure consistently while, at the same time, putting in the policies around consistency of delivery.
"What many people don't realise is that the South African banking market is very competitive," said Arbuckle. "There are four major banks — they had mobile banking more than 15 years ago, so they are trying to square the circle of a highly competitive market into which they are trying to get new features out while at the same time keeping consistency and maintaining the infrastructure."
Standard Bank are one of the customers featured at HP Discovery in Barcelona from Tuesday through Thursday this week.