Simply put, DevOps is a firm handshake between Operations people and Developer people. It is a shift in mindset, tighter integration and better collaboration. It unites and helps development and operations teams be more efficient, innovate faster, and deliver high-value work. DevOps is a set of practices that automates the processes of software development and IT teams, in order that they can build, test, and release software faster and more reliably. The concept was founded with the intention to build a culture of collaboration between teams that historically functioned independently. It influences the way that you build systems, organise teams and even the structure of the system that you build.
Internet of Things (IoT)
It is the inter-networking of physical devices – any device with an on and off switch can be connected to the internet. It is the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-computer or human-to-human interaction.
Connection between DevOps and Internet of Things (IoT)
DevOps is more than just a buzzword — this concept has the potential to accelerate system development, ensure the quality of the systems, and optimise its reliability in the field. As the softwares for IoT advance, the management of those systems will need to advanced along with it. Updating the software will simultaneously require updating the firmware.
The connection between DevOps and IoT is not very apparent as of now. If you ask an IoT system manager where DevOps fit in, they might not be able to explain. The connection between the two concepts, though, is pretty straight forward.
When an Internet of Things application or software is tested, a DevOps systems need to consider the security around the information coming to those sensors. Simply put, these are points-of-entry that can be easily compromised. For example, somebody can hack into your account and send out misleading data. DevOps job is to minimise this exposure through security testing of the IoT application.
This ensures that Internet of Things applications and DevOps are considered a holistic application or system. The components of both these concepts are interdependent on each other including those that aren’t in your direct control like sensors embedded in machines (e.g., a jet engine). Continuous integration is a bit of a leap from traditional approached to DevOps, where all components are under direct control.
This is one of the most important components of IoT and DevOps. This is because the applications need to reside on a platform and work and play with remote devices. This complicates the processes of deployment, in that there could be updates to the application that lives on a centralised cloud platform, and maybe even firmware updates that inhabit on a remote sensor or device.
Take an example: think about a mobile application that operates Wi-Fi enabled closets. When the app is updated on both iOs and Android devices, they made need to push an update to the closets as part of the deployment, which assumes the firmware update is required to support the changes to the app. It is essential that all this happens at the same time. Updating just one of the two could result in system failure and beat the purpose of having an app to control closets.
While we’re still playing around with DevOps and IoT, it’s clear that the connections can be made, and we can indeed benefit from the marriage of IoT and DevOps. Those who build IoT applications now, such as IoT software providers, already understand this connection and continue their progression toward synergy. Enterprises are new to DevOps and have yet to get on board. It’s just a matter of time until one won’t exist without the other.