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Quick Guide to Understanding Database DevOps

Vishakha Bhagia

DevOps is an acronym for Development and Operations – two most important teams within any organization. The term DevOps represents a shared collaboration when it comes to performing tasks performed by the software development and the operations teams.

DevOps is all about the organization culture that places strategic importance on all aspects of the software delivery chain and the promotion of best practices using a Technology First approach.

Many organizations have already adopted the DevOps approach when working with their clients. According to The Database DevOps Survey 2018 the majority of survey respondents (55%) are already using DevOps in at least 20% of their projects, with 33% using DevOps in more than half of their projects.

However, despite its popularity, the DevOps approach presents challenges when it comes to facilitating smooth collaboration between developers and database administrators.

Data is fuel in this digitalized world. For an instance, SQL Server databases store huge amount of data. Data has consistently been expanding since the past few years, which makes it difficult to keep up with the availability, performance and integrity of the concerned data. This can be addressed by automating the data management process.

percent of IT projects using devops approach

The SQL Servers that rely on fully manual processes are time-consuming, inconsistent and inaccurate. To avoid such situations, automated solutions have been introduced that automate the build process ensuring a reliable outcome. This led to the birth of Database DevOps.

Introduction to Database DevOps

Nowadays, database management consultancies are adopting Database DevOps for the ease of DBAs (Data Administrator). It helps the DBA to concentrate more on the requirements of the client instead of time-consuming activities. The processes became consistent, reliable and error-free with the help of database DevOps.

When compared to automating tasks for product development, it is relatively tougher to automate tasks for a database. However, database DevOps tools are emerging, and organizations are understanding the importance of including the DevOps approach in their database management.

Yes, but what if an organization fails to adopt DevOps in its database management?

Importance of DevOps in Database Management

Usually developers have to wait till the changes are done in the database by the DBA. This process is time consuming and may also have inconsistencies and errors affecting the overall productivity. To make this process faster and accurate, database DevOps concept was introduced. It is a proper planned approach that helps to update the database faster with increased agility.

When an organization fails to integrate the DevOps approach in their database management process, it may experience process delays prone to human errors.

DevOps in database faces certain challenges which are listed below:
1. Lack of Knowledge

DevOps is getting widely picked up by organizations; however, there’s still a long way to go when it becomes the new normal. It’s important to understand that DevOps do not overpower existing methods but simply automate manual processes for faster execution.

2. Lack of Clarity

It’s difficult to have a clear roadmap without clarity of the organizational goals and objectives. It’s imperative that analysts are well aware of the organizational objectives before suggesting a roadmap to achieve targets.

3. Work in Silos

Developers are busy writing their code while testers are occupied with quality checks to ensure the stability of the product before final delivery. This is when there is huge communication gap between developers and operators. Development teams and Ops teams both work separately which leads to poor teamwork and lack of transparency.

4. Analyzing Risks

It’s important to test the waters before taking the plunge. For some organizations, it is easier to adopt new technologies while for others due to lack of infrastructural support or lack of tech savvy employees, it’s not that easy to adopt new technologies. It becomes crucial to understand these risks and accordingly utilize technology. For instance, a simply system management tool dashboard UX tweak could significantly boost employee engagement while it could backfire in another organization with a different employee cohort.   

Here are the benefits of implementing DevOps in database management:
1. Dealing with tightly coupled architecture

Central database with tightly coupled systems is difficult for database DevOps. The coupling can be removed with the help of microservice architecture. They have their own database and these services interact with each other through an interface and not directly with the database.

2. Source control with lesser errors

Earlier developers had to make changes into the database manually and then the DBA reviewed the changes before the deployment, this process can cause last minute glitches while proving expensive.

Source controlling is the initial stage of database DevOps, so if the application code and database changes are in version control then you can work on the build anytime because there will always be a version available for the roll back.

3. Continuous Integration and Delivery

Continuous integration ensures the code and the resources are placed in the shared directory at regular time intervals. The process is verified using automated built, which helps the team detect problems at early stage.

4. Smaller execution cycles

The DevOps team adopts a smaller execution cycle instead of executing the database change one at a time. The changes are broken into small pieces that helps it in the faster release of the product.

Implementing DevOps increases delivery speed with better customer experience. It standardizes the process, is reliable and improves the overall productivity.

Organizations are adopting DevOps and the tools used in implementation of DevOps need skilled professionals. At Cygnet, we drive ahead using a Technology First approach fueled by Teamwork delivering 100% Agile enterprise applications. If you’re on the lookout to implementing Database DevOps in your organization, then contact us on +1-609-245-0971 or inquiry@cygnetinfotech.com.

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Vishakha Bhagia

Vishakha Bhagia serves as a content writer for Cygnet Infotech. She is an engineer who loves to lend her voice to making technology easier to understand. She uses the best of her experience in sales and engineering to make her write-ups thorough, convincing and simple. She spends her free time exploring places, learning new skills and reading fiction.

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