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8 Things You Should Know About DevOps

Called a cultural and professional movement, DevOps seeks to better integrate development and IT operations teams to accelerate application delivery. Read on to find out what the DevOps movement is about and the benefits it can provide enterprise organizations.
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DevOps: Ending Old Conflicts

For some time now the development and operations teams within IT have worked at seeming cross-purposes from one another, in an arrangement that theoretically makes them "natural enemies," according to Josh Corman, director of security intelligence for Akamai Technologies and former 451 Research analyst.

"Developers are incented to cause changes, to ship features," he said. "Ops people are incented to maintain stability, which often means the opposite of allowing changes."

But this age-old conflict simply can't fly in today's Web app-centric business models, which require faster development speeds, greater stability in production and, consequently, more integration between these teams.

"As we have seen new demands, new levels of complexity and new timeframes that are shortening every day, we are accelerating this need to make this relationship truly collaborative," said Glenn O'Donnell, analyst for Forrester. "It's really not us and them. It's all us."

This is the idea that drives the DevOps movement.

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Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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