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Debunking DevOps #2: Cloud Migration is Fast and Easy

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This is the second blog in a series exploring some common DevOps misconceptions. Break past the myths to get the most from your DevOps strategy.

Read Myth #1 here.

Myth #2: Moving to the cloud is simple and will allow you to employ DevOps practices instantly

Moving to the cloud will immediately provide new capabilities to develop and deploy applications at speed, making it easy to deploy DevOps practices. Services in the cloud are easy to use and are better equipped to support workloads at-scale.

It’s true that many organizations are leveraging the cloud, but making that move isn’t simple. You won’t instantly be agile and employing DevOps practices.

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Moving to the cloud adds security and governance challenges, as well as a lack of automation throughout the application lifecycle because of disconnects between legacy systems and the cloud.

At the same time, you could have existing network, storage, security, and software challenges that don’t go away when you move to the cloud. You have to ensure that your people and processes are ready for the move and ready to adapt to the challenges you may face.

But getting up to speed on the cloud takes time. Your IT teams have to learn new skills and processes. The goal is to get to a point where you’re creating patterns and deploying quickly, allowing you to build a delivery pipeline rather than on a case-by-case basis.

This will allow you to govern more simply, continue to look for improvements and automate where you can, and move at speed. The cloud provides the infrastructure to make this possible, but your teams won’t be able to do everything right away.

Why even adopt a DevOps strategy?

Organizations shouldn’t think of DevOps as just improving the workflow around development and operations. Instead, think of it as part of an overall agile transformation of your IT.

Adopting DevOps will streamline business-critical IT processes, help you migrate legacy systems, and adopt new technologies, but you need a plan to successfully implement it. Implementing a DevOps strategy is a process, but once you’re on the other side, you will have closed any skills gaps, established new processes, and adopted tools that work for you.

Learn more to arm yourself from being misled about DevOps. Download our guide and get started debunking DevOps myths today.

 

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Caitlin is the Marketing Coordinator for Perficient's Automation, DevOps, and API practices. She's been in her role since September 2019, and has a background in editing and writing for a variety of brands and publications. She lives in St. Louis and is a proud St. Louis Blues fan.

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