DevOps – rooted in Agile methodologies – is an approach that integrates software development and IT operations teams to create a workflow that improves collaboration and productivity. While there are many different definitions of DevOps, a general agreement is reached around the presence of automation and continuity in DevOps. There are many DevOps tools available that will support team members to ensure automation and continuity are approached and implemented as efficiently as possible. Specific organizational needs will determine which tools are best suited, but the following is a list of the best tools for DevOps available now.
Used by global giants such as Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, Git is an open-source tool that enables smooth and transparent collaboration between development team members. Git allows developers to track progress, and allows for rolling back to previous versions of code. You’ll also need to host a repository for the work, such as GitHub.
In the years since it’s release, Kubernetes has become widely adopted amongst DevOps within organizations. Kubernetes is a container orchestration platform, allowing ops to manage hundreds of containers, and to deploy containerized apps to a user group. Kubernetes also automates scheduling and distribution. Used with a tool such as Docker (see more below), Kubernetes lends to a complete solution for building, distributing, running, and automating containers.
A Linux-based open-source platform, Docker is the go-to for building, distributing, and running containers. Docker enables you to package up software and dependencies, and shop them all together as a single unit. Docker is portable, secure, and integrates with a variety of other popular tools on this list – and can be used with any language.
Jenkins is another free open-source tool which automates the delivery pipeline, and allows for testing and reporting changes in real-time. Jenkins integrates with virtually every DevOps tool available through its ecosystem of more than one thousand plugins.
Similar to Jenkins, Bamboo is a paid tool with prebuilt functionalities, meaning you’ll need to manage fewer plugins. The interface is highly-intuitive, and saves a lot of time compared to its open source counterparts.