A Guide to Selecting The Right DevOps Tools

With a sea of solutions out there, it can be challenging to identify the right DevOps tools. We’ve put together a guide to help you make an educated choice.

Select Tools Based On Requirements 

​First things first, before defining your tooling, it is important to establish the business outcomes you want to achieve. Then you can prioritize them against project inputs and ROI. Once that is done, you’re in a good position to evaluate tooling.

Selecting DevOps tools that meet your requirements may sound like an obvious statement but quite often we see people select a tool based on buzz rather than business requirements. For example, setting up a Kubernetes cluster and then deploying Jenkins-X may seem like a good idea. However, if the requirement is to build and test pull-requests for a few repositories it’s probably overkill.

Do a Proof of Concept

Once you’ve listed out the requirements of the tooling, you should pick a few options and implement a small POC on each to test the validity of the solution. This will help you to understand what potential issues will be encountered when onboarding new users, as well as what may be involved with supporting a self-hosted solution.

Paid vs Self Hosted

​When selecting DevOps tools it’s important to evaluate paid solutions as well as self-hosted, open-source solutions. Often a paid solution can help you minimize setup time, onboarding and maintenance allowing your team to focus on delivering features and customer satisfaction.

The Case Against Self-Hosted​ Solutions

Any CI/CD tooling that your team is going to deploy and manage must be treated as a service that your team is providing to customers. That means all of the things that go along with supporting a product will be the responsibility of the CI/CD team.

This may include any or all of the following:​

  • Support with onboarding and any issues
  • Adding build dependencies
  • Upgrades to the software
  • Backups
  • Uptime Monitoring
  • Responding to outages​

If the expected use of the tooling is high or will grow to be high, these items will end up consuming more time.

The Case for Paid Solutions

Paid solutions, like ShuttleOps, are a good way for DevOps teams to reduce the burden of supporting an internal product by leaving the responsibility of maintaining a product to the vendor. Often times, a paid solution that meets your requirements can save you many people-hours, allowing you to focus on your core business.

Community & Documentation 

Once you’ve found the right tool, it is important to evaluate the documentation and community around that tool or product. Proper documentation and a strong community is key to increasing the adoption of an internal CI/CD tool and also help relieve the burden of support on the DevOps team. A good way to gauge this is by, again, doing a POC since you’ll probably rely on the documentation to help you set it up. Also, consider if they have a slack/gitter community or a forum to post issues that require more help.

More About ShuttleOps

ShuttleOps is a modern application delivery software company with a No Code CI/CD Platform designed to enable true DevOps collaboration so businesses of any size can get their application and associated fixes and updates to customers quickly and consistently. Contact us today to learn more about how we can transform your business.

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