Devops is a combination a combination of two words namely development and operations.  It means that in order to complete the project the development team must integrate with operations in order deliver the project to the end user within the desired period of the end user. This powerful Devops platform makes fit for IT operations that we were doing today and Azure is the best cloud computing service provider in providing all the IT Services required for the project.   These two were provided by different vendors. But there is some connection between them. Today we are going to see How Devops became helpful to Microsoft Azure.

Before going to see their connection, let us have a look at what is Infrastructure as a code?

Infrastructure as a Code (IAC) :

Infrastructure as a code (IAC) is a type of IT Infrastructure, that operations manage the code rather the manual process.  It is sometimes referred as programmable infrastructure. The concept of IAC is similar to programming scripts which can automate the manually written process. Basically, scripts were written to automate the manually written process in which a certain piece of code will be executed by multiple times.   But the term IAC will be changing in a different way. Here the certain piece of code will be executed multiple numbers of times, by making the changes to the scripts slightly.  Here the automaker should have the knowledge of code where he needs to change and what does the output must come. IAC uses a high level or descriptive language to code more versatile language and adaptive processing and deployment process. The workflow of IAC is shown below :

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For example, the IAC is coded with Ansible, an It configurations and management tool where it can install the MYSQL server to verify that it has been run properly. and serves in the creation of user accounts, management of new accounts, setting up a new database,  deletion of repeated databases and so on. through this, the Operations team can able to perform some code automation rather than depending on the developer.

Now let’s have an overview of how Devops became helpful to Azure.

IAC is the major concept used in integrating devops with Azure.  It includes the following points:

Azure automation:   As we know that Azure uses various tools in order to complete the project.  One the many tools that it uses in its Cloud environment is Devops which is basically used to automate the process.  Devops powerful automation makes the work easier and smarter and reduces the manual work that needs to be done by the developers.

Desired State Configuration:  Every environment has its own configuration by default. Some default configuration my satisfy the end user requirements whereas some do not.In order to overcome that problem Azure environment has designed in such a fashion where the end user can switch to the desired state configuration as per their requirement in the IAC.

ARM templates:  Here ARM stands for Azure Resource manager templates. It the customized template that can be created in the Azure environment, where the users can customize the template and deploy in the Azure cloud environment. The declarative code does not have any deployment information, but rather it contains the end state of the targeted environment. Moreover, after deployment, you have an ability to modify and update them in a controlled and predictable way to apply a version control to your infrastructure.

Benefits of IAC:

     Usage of declarative files

     Self-documented systems and processes

     Version Control

     Immutable Infrastructure

    Small changes in code rather than batches

    Agile and high availability of services.

Because of the above features and facilities, offered by IAC, and great adaptability of devops in different environments, devops can be adopted easily in any cloud environments.

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Prerequisites:

There are nothing prerequisites required to pursue Azure Cloud computing  It’s good to have knowledge of basic Concepts of oops concepts and databases like MySQL and server like Apache Tomcat. OnlineITGuru teaches you from basics if you did have a knowledge of those concepts.

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