In the rapidly evolving world of software development, DevOps automation has become essential for teams aiming to achieve seamless integration, continuous delivery, and efficient deployment processes.
Over the years, a diverse range of cutting-edge tools have emerged to empower development and operations teams in their pursuit of increased productivity and streamlined workflows. In this article, we will explore the top DevOps automation tools that have benefited our users.
Benefits of DevOps Automation Tools
DevOps teams are often vastly outnumbered by the developers that they support.
This is a result of the highly specialized, and hard-to-find, skillset that DevOps engineers bring to the table. And it often leads to a massive workload on the DevOps team.
Modern development teams rely on increasingly complex application infrastructure. Delivering and managing that infrastructure requires expertise in a variety of DevOps automation tools, including Git, infrastructure automation, Infrastructure as Code, and containerization technologies.
DevOps automation tools, and the way they are managed, have a significant impact on the efficiency and success of software development and operations teams by:
- Streamlining repetitive and time-consuming tasks and scaling operations efficiently so DevOps teams can focus on more strategic activities.
- Minimizing human error and ensuring consistency in software deployments and configurations across different environments.
- Facilitating seamless integration, testing, and deployment of code changes so DevOps teams can deliver updates and features more frequently and with confidence.
DevOps automation tools are essential to accelerate development and mitigate risk across the infrastructure your teams rely on. Here are the most valuable DevOps automation tools that our customers use.
Best DevOps Automation Tools 2023
Terraform is a powerful infrastructure-as-code tool that enables teams to define and manage infrastructure in a declarative manner. With Terraform, developers can provision and manage cloud resources from various providers, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The ability to codify infrastructure and leverage version control systems brings unprecedented control, scalability, and reproducibility to infrastructure management.
Our customers leverage Terraform modules to help DevOps move faster by automating the orchestration of reusable templates for application environments. This makes Terraform more scalable by allowing developers to deploy the environments they need via self-service, while allowing admins to standardize configurations and automate shut-down for idle resources deployed via Terraform.
Additional resources on automation and scalability for Terraform:
- Scaling Terraform infrastructure securely
- Automating operations for Terraform-defined infrastructure
- Detect Terraform configuration drift in live environments
- Demo: Terraform automation with Quali Torque
Kubernetes has emerged as the de facto container orchestration platform, providing automated deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. With Kubernetes, teams can efficiently manage complex microservices architectures, achieve high availability, and leverage automatic scaling based on workload demands. Kubernetes also offers excellent support for infrastructure-as-code practices and integrates well with other DevOps tools, like Terraform, Jenkins, and Ansible.
Quali Torque helps to scale Kubernetes resources via secure self-service for developers and governed deployments via CI/CD pipelines.
- Simplify deployment of application environments built on Kubernetes
- Identify and resolve Kubernetes configuration drift in live environments
- Automate orchestration of application environments across multiple Kubernetes resources
Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes, designed to simplify and streamline the deployment and management of applications within Kubernetes clusters. It provides an efficient way to package, share, and deploy applications, along with their associated configurations and dependencies, in a consistent and repeatable manner.
Helm delivers pre-configured templates that encapsulate Kubernetes manifests and application configurations, known as Charts. This makes it easy to define and version the entire application stack. The Helm client, on the other hand, is the command-line tool that interacts with the Kubernetes API server, enabling developers and DevOps teams to install, upgrade, rollback, and manage applications effortlessly.
DevOps teams have embraced Helm to enable their teams to share and distribute their application configurations as versioned Helm charts. This fosters a culture of code-sharing and accelerates the development process.
Learn more about managing and automating Helm Charts at scale with Quali Torque.
GitHub, GitLab, or BitBucket
DevOps teams use Git repositories like GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket for version control, automation capabilities, collaboration features, and support for integrations to improve efficiency and productivity in the software development lifecycle.
Git repositories allow DevOps teams to track changes to their codebase over time. This enables seamless collaboration, easy code reviews, and the ability to revert to previous states if needed. They also facilitate team collaboration by providing a centralized location for code storage and easy code-sharing mechanisms, making it simple to work together on projects.
These platforms offer built-in CI/CD capabilities, automating the build, test, and deployment processes. This integration streamlines the development lifecycle, ensuring code changes are thoroughly tested before reaching production.
Our customers leverage IaC modules defined in Git to automatically orchestrate reusable definitions of application environments, providing a layer of control between Git and CI/CD.
This enables DevOps teams to:
- Democratize access to cloud infrastructure while encrypting account credentials and other keys,
- Set policies to prohibit deployments of over-sized or otherwise unapproved cloud configurations via CI/CD pipelines
- Automate shutdown of cloud VMs supporting ephemeral environments to prevent wasted budget due to zombie infrastructure
- Track costs based on real-time deployments to provide visibility into costs by cloud, team, or application
Learn more about how Quali Torque supports infrastructure defined in Git.
Ansible, an open-source automation platform, simplifies IT infrastructure automation and configuration management. With its agentless architecture, Ansible has become popular among DevOps teams for its straightforward method of automating tasks across a wide range of systems. Ansible Playbooks allow users to define automation workflows in a human-readable language, reducing complexity and enhancing collaboration between developers and operations teams.
Quali Torque will automatically import Ansible playbooks into a reusable YAML defining a complete application environment. This helps to scale Ansible playbooks by democratizing self-service access for developers to execute the plan to deploy a testing, staging, or production environment on-demand.
Learn more about Quali Torque’s support for Ansible playbooks.
Quali CloudShell is a popular infrastructure automation platform for teams that rely on hybrid cloud resources.
By defining the configuration of on-premises infrastructure components alongside those deployed via private cloud and public cloud tools, Quali CloudShell automates provisioning processes that can take days or weeks in some cases. Network engineering, IT operations, and DevOps teams leverage CloudShell to define complex infrastructure configurations and provide the developers, testers, and other teams they support with continuous environments.
Learn more about Quali CloudShell.
Quali Torque orchestrates and deploys application environments directly from the Terraform, Ansible, and Kubernetes resources defined in Git. By creating YAML files defining all the inputs, dependencies, and outputs to support a unique environment, Torque eliminates the provisioning needed to deliver those environments and allows DevOps teams to distributed governed access for the developers who need them.
DevOps teams embrace Torque to enforce governance standards over cloud configurations and operations. With support for Terraform-defined policies, Quali Torque will deny the deployment of any cloud resources that violate those policies (e.g. unapproved cloud technologies or environments configured to exceed custom cost thresholds). Automated deployment and decommissioning also enable DevOps teams to ensure their teams have access to cloud infrastructure when they need it while preventing it from running while it should.
Visibility into deployments via Torque also provides real-time cost data with insight into who deployed which environment. This data enables DevOps teams to explore anomalies, update configurations, and make more informed decisions about cloud governance standards across the board.
With integrations to support CI/CD platforms, CLI, IDE, and Internal Developer Platforms, Quali Torque helps to establish a control layer over all infrastructure configurations and deployments without centralizing any provisioning or management processes.