The cloud has become a disruptive force in the world of application development, leading to new and better ways to create, test and deploy tools via virtual environments. CIO contributor Paul Gillin contended earlier in 2015 that the cloud and DevOps go hand in hand due to the inherent scalability of cloud infrastructure.

“Cloud computing, whether inside your firewall or purchased from a service provider, is essential to success with DevOps,” Gillin wrote. “The virtual platform needs to be as fluid as the application, and deployment from development to production needs to be automatic in order to meet the demanding delivery requirements.”

The relationship between DevOps and cloud infrastructure will be important in 2016 as private cloud deployments and hybrid infrastructures continue to gain steam. The question is: Why do these separate IT strategies complement each other so well?

“The cloud and DevOps go hand in hand.”

It pays to be agile

DevOps strategies allow development teams to be more agile. According to TechTarget, one of the main tenets of agile software development is making sure to test code often and allow for enhanced flexibility within the creative process. Unlike waterfall development techniques, where apps are created using an assembly line-like process wherein each step of app creation is undertaken in a linear fashion, agile allows multiple steps to take place at once. In this way, it’s easier for teams to identify issues and fix them prior to deployment, not to mention upgrades can be made on a rolling basis. Therefore, DevOps methodologies can save companies money in the long run, because they can create efficiency within the development process.

DevOps in the cloud

When the cloud and DevOps come together, it can mean incredible benefits for the organizations that leverage them. For instance, contributor Tony Bradley noted that using DevOps strategies can give companies 8,000 times faster lead times and deployments that are 30 times more frequent than those of their competitors. With greater efficiency and better testing environments, software and application development can take on agile characteristics.

“Companies that can harness the power of DevOps and continuous innovation to develop new apps and capabilities faster and that have the capacity to push those updates out to existing customers have a significant advantage over competitors still slogging through ‘innovating’ the old-fashioned way,” Bradley wrote.

When DevOps is used in conjunction with the cloud, enterprises can save money and enhance operational efficiency.When DevOps is used in conjunction with the cloud, enterprises can save money and enhance operational efficiency.

Similar assessments could be made about companies that invest in cloud infrastructure. In the cloud, DevOps methodologies allow teams to become even more agile. For one, the cloud can deliver the kind of flexibility required by devtest environments, because entire computing instances can be made in the cloud without tying up critical IT resources. As a result, applications that are developed in the cloud can be continually and automatically tested, which promotes faster time to market.

Both the cloud and DevOps are working together to enhance IT delivery. By leveraging strategies that include the cloud and DevOps, companies can make the most out of their IT infrastructure and enhance their operational efficiency.