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7 Open Source Solutions To Optimize Your DevOps Pipeline

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Besides the growing popularity of DevOps, more and more organizations are taking their ecosystems to the cloud with automated release functionality. There has also been a significant rise in the adoption of Open Source (OS) solutions that optimize the DevOps pipeline.

The implementation of Open Source solutions by companies is skyrocketing due to a wide range of inherited advantages. The top three ones include:

  • Faster Development - The integration of third-party OS solutions allows organizations to create a modular eco-system with plug-and-play parts. Unlike traditional development, which required organizations to create everything in-house, OS tools allow fast(er) time-to-market.
  • Fewer Resources - Organizations don’t just save time by adopting Open Source software components. By doing so, they invest fewer resources and need less manpower to get the job done. This directly affects the organization’s bottom line, even while scaling up fast and growing.
  • Improved Quality - Once the development has been optimized and you are maximizing your output, there is also more time for testing, a process that is often overlooked in DevOps environments. More testing will increase customer satisfaction and allow you to grow your brand fast(er).
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7 OS Projects to Watch this 2020

We won’t be diving into the obvious DevOps essentials like Git, Jenkins, Kubernetes, Atlassian Bamboo, and Docker (containerization tool) because we’re sure you already know a lot about them. The OS space has expanded so much that it’s impossible to pack it all into one list, but here are a few projects we recommend watching and contributing to this Hacktoberfest, and that showcase 7 solutions that are trending right now.

  • Snowpack Snowpack is a no-nonsense frontend build tool that was created to allow organizations to speed up their development cycle for faster release iterations. It is currently being used by dozens of large and small businesses. Intel, Alibaba, and Internet Archive are just a few of examples.

    This OS solution possesses the same functionality as traditional bundlers (Webpack, Parcel etc.), which are heavy and slow down the delivery significantly. Users are reporting that their dev server can start up in a matter of 50ms or less, with out of the box support for TypeScript, JSX, and CSS modules.

  • Monit Even the best configured DevOps pipelines will eventually suffer from the occasional hiccup. Human errors, scaling up, lack of testing, and other reasons often cause initiation and/or execution problems. Monit helps restart the faulty processes and excels in ecosystems that use microservice architecture.

  • Supabase Simply put, Supabase is an Open Source alternative to Google’s Firebase offering. It lacks many of the features offered by its rival, but more than makes up for it with its ease of use, free functionality, and by helping organizations take their Postgres usage to the next level (rather than NoSQL)

  • Ansible Tired of Puppet and Chef? Ansible is a great option if you are looking for a lightweight and user-friendly configuration management tool. Today’s dynamic development pipelines allow no margin for error. Ansible works like a charm for deployment configurations as it's dead-easy to write customs apps with it.

  • Infection Monkey With more and more private information being used by apps (primary and third-party), the security side of things can’t be ignored anymore. Infection Monkey, powered by Guardicore, is helping achieve just that. It’s a Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) tool that secures cloud based development pipelines.

    You can think of Infection Monkey as an automated pen tester. It tests the immunity of your system against common risks like credential theft and other code vulnerabilities. It runs continuously without impacting your app’s performance, while producing detailed reports with actionable intelligence.

  • Nagios If you are looking to integrate a proven infrastructure monitoring tool into your DevOps pipeline, look no further. Nagios stands out thanks to its rich plugin ecosystem which it has constructed since its launch in 2002. The Nagios capsule includes Core, a command line tool and Log Server, to search log data.

  • Hoppscotch Liyas Thomas, a tech talent currently based in India, has created Hoppscotch. This Open Source solution helps create requests faster thanks to its drag and drop interface and modular structure. The result is that developers can operate faster and improve their productivity, while also reducing errors. The testing tool already boasts some amazing stats - 3.1M page views, 365k one-time users, 75k returning users, 100k+ Docker pulls, and 22k GitHub stars.

Final Words

Covid-19 has forced organizations to adjust to a new reality with entire engineering teams working from home and remotely from different corners of the world simultaneously. All of your developers, veterans or newbies, can now use add-ons to take their productivity to the next level. The best solutions are a breeze to install and hook up to your repository (one or more). You can then assign the right tasks to the relevant stakeholders for smooth execution.

Also, with so many freelancers and temporary developers joining and leaving your teams, you’ll want to accelerate your onboarding process. Leading solutions today offer the ability to visualize the DevOps pipeline with a user-friend dashboard to optimize engagement and simplify training.

Once all developers have a clear picture of where they stand and what they need to do, their productivity goes through the roof. Teams can collaborate better, with team-leaders focusing more on their business goals thanks to the reduced cross-department friction. It’s a win-win for all parties.

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