Understanding AWS with DevOps: Guide to Essential Tools

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Mrunali Yelkar 7th Nov 2023 - 5 mins read

Introduction:

"DevOps," or "Development and Operations," is a set of cultural philosophies, practices, and methodologies with the goal of streamlining and enhancing collaboration between teams working on software development and IT operations. It involves adopting tools, using agile methodologies, and automating processes to deliver software more quickly, consistently, and effectively.

Why AWS for DevOps?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a suite of powerful tools to help organizations implement DevOps practices effectively. The AWS has fleet of tools for continuous integration & continuous delivery, Infrastructure as a Code (IaC), Micro-services, Platform as a service (PaaS), Version control and Monitoring & logging.

The AWS offers multiple advantage to its users as it get started fast & easily. It is fully managed by AWS itself. It is flexible as it can be scaled from one to thousands of resources. The automation of build & release process is feasible. AWS also provides DevOps Partner Solution to leverage the use of third party tools within its environment. It is highly secure & It has a "pay as you go" pricing feature.

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In this blog, we'll explore some of the important AWS DevOps tools that can help us automate, scale, and optimize your software development life cycle.

  • Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

1.AWS CodePipeline:

AWS CodePipeline is a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) service which automates your software release process. Whenever there is a change in the code, the code pipeline builds, tests & deploy the changes automatically based on the defined release process.

1.AWS CodePipeline:

AWS CodePipeline is a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) service which automates your software release process. Whenever there is a change in the code, the code pipeline builds, tests & deploy the changes automatically based on the defined release process.

It allows you to define a series of build, test, and deployment actions, and it automatically orchestrates the workflow. CodePipeline supports integration with a various AWS and third-party services which makes it adaptable for various deployment scenarios. It is rapid & reliable CICD service.

2.AWS CodeBuild:

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces packaged software code for deployment process. CodeBuild can be used to set up a custom build environment or pre-configured build environments can be used for popular programming languages. CodeBuild supports versions of Java, Ruby, Python, Go, Node. js, Android, . NET Core, PHP, and Docker. It scales automatically to fulfill build requirements, saving time and resources by eliminating the need to manage build servers manually.

3.AWS CodeDeploy:

AWS CodeDeploy automates code deployments to a variety of compute services, such as Amazon EC2 instances, AWS Lambda, Elastic container service and even on-premises servers. It is used for rapid release of new features. It reduces downtime during application deployment, and handles the complex updating process of applications.

4.AWS CodeStar:

AWS CodeStar enables you to quickly develop, build, and deploy applications on AWS. With the help of AWS CodeStar's unified user interface, you can conveniently manage all of your software development tasks in one location. You can quickly start releasing code by setting up your whole continuous delivery toolchain with AWS CodeStar.

  • Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC)

1.AWS CloudFormation:

AWS CloudFormation is an infrastructure-as-a-code service which allows you to design & provision AWS resources using templates. It offers systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a fleet of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in a desired way. CloudFormation provides sample templates or custom templates also can be created as per our requirement.

2.AWS OpsWorks:  

AWS offers a configuration management service that uses Chef, is AWS OpsWorks. It is an automation platform for server configurations as a code. OpsWorks uses Chef to automate servers configuration, deployment, and management across Amazon EC2 instances or on-premises compute environments. OpsWorks offers consistent and iterative deployments across the infrastructure.

3.AWS Systems Manager:  

As the name suggests, the AWS Systems Manager is a management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, implement OS patches, create system images, and configure operating systems. You can define and track system configurations, and maintain software compliance of your EC2 and on-premises configurations using AWS system manager.

4.AWS Config:  

AWS Config is a fully managed service. It provides an AWS resource inventory, configuration history, and configuration change notifications to enable security and governance. There is set of config Rules that enables you to automatically check the configuration of AWS resources. Custom config rules also can be created with AWS Lambda functions.

  • Micro-services

1.Amazon Elastic Container Service: 

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) is fully managed AWS service that facilitates container orchestration of the containerized applications. It supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run containerized applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances. It is used to deploy, manage & scale containerized applications.

2.AWS Lambda:

AWS Lambda lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers. With Lambda, you can run code for virtually any type of application or back end service - all with zero administration. Just upload your code and Lambda takes care of everything required to run and scale your code with high availability.

  • Monitoring & Logging

1.Amazon CloudWatch:

Amazon CloudWatch is a resource monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. CloudWatch is used to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor logs, create alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources.

2.AWS X-Ray:

AWS X-Ray is a service that helps developers analyze and debug production, distributed applications, which are built using a micro-services architecture. To understand how your application and its underlying services are performing AWS X-Ray can be used. It helps to identify and troubleshoot the root cause of performance issues and errors.

3.AWS CloudTrail:

AWS CloudTrail is used for auditing, security monitoring, and operational troubleshooting by keeping an eye on user behavior and API activity. You have control over storage, analysis, and corrective action with CloudTrail logs because they keep track of and save account activity connected to operations throughout your AWS infrastructure. It provides log files and records AWS API calls for your account.

4.Amazon DevOps Guru:

Amazon DevOps Guru uses machine learning (ML) to simplify the process of enhancing an application's operational performance and availability. DevOps Guru assists in spotting unusual application behavior so you may spot service problems before they have an impact on your consumers.

  • Version Control

1.AWS CodeCommit:

AWS CodeCommit is a fully-managed source control solution that makes it convenient for businesses to create private Git repositories that are highly scalable and secure. Source code and binary files may both be safely stored with CodeCommit, and it integrates perfectly with your current Git tools.

Conclusion:

For businesses to remain competitive in today's fast-paced, technologically advanced world, DevOps practices are very crucial. AWS DevOps tools provides the infrastructure and services required to successfully implement these practices. You can automate, scale, and optimize your software development and deployment pipelines using these AWS DevOps tools, leading to more dependable and effective operations. With the help of these tools, teams can collaborate effectively, confidently release code, and quickly adapt to shifting market demands. Along with these, AWS supports many third party DevOps tools that can be explored in AWS Marketplace.



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