One of the hottest topics in software development is DevOps, which represents a set of agile software development and deployment processes to enable high productivity in demanding IT projects. The main concepts of DevOps methodologies facilitate the collaboration between software developers, quality assurance groups and operations. While tools play an instrumental role in the implementation of DevOps projects, there is no universal DevOps toolset. This is because DevOps is a methodology, not a defined business process or technology. However, there are some tools that apply to any large-scale software development and deployment projects. These include tools in the areas of continuous integration, build automation and test automation.
As outlined above, the most popular DevOps tools fall in the following categories:
There are many other DevOps tools with features that make them worth considering. For instance, Syslog-ng is an open source tool for collecting, processing and monitoring system logs. With syslog-ng, you can collect your systems’ logs from multiple sources and pass them onto a central syslog server to be stored and analyzed.
Many enterprises moving toward Agile Development and DevOps opt for open-source tools, which typically provide greater flexibility and lower maintenance costs. However, there are also many commercial, enterprise-scale tools for DevOps projects. Therefore, DevOps stakeholders need a set of unambiguous criteria about when to use open source tools and when to opt for a commercial toolset.
When deciding between open source and commercial tools, there are pros and cons to each option. When choosing a continuous integration tool, one needs to consider the cost of the software along with the costs of maintenance, upgrades and support. Open source tools are often less expensive than their commercial counterparts and are often easier to set up. They also tend to have a broader range of features than their commercial counterparts.
Commercial tools often come with a high price tag that can be difficult for small businesses or startups to afford. However, there are some benefits to using these products over open source ones:
There are also many cases where enterprises use both commercial and open source tools to take advantage of each type’s benefits.
One central question for enterprises considering moving to a DevOps strategy is whether to opt for open source or commercial tools. Forming an accurate assessment of the two types of tools can be difficult, but enterprises should try to understand how each one works and what it offers. Open source software may appeal to companies that prefer to have increased control over their systems, while commercial tools and proprietary software may be easier for others to implement. By establishing a thorough understanding of open source vs. commercial tools, companies can better decide which solution is ideal for them.
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