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6 Myths and Facts about DevOps

September 27th 2016
DevOps is a term that’s often misunderstood.

While some people think that DevOps is only a collaboration of dev and ops, the term really refers to the system and processes put into practice to increase team collaboration in any type of business, large or small. Since the term is so often defined improperly, we want to debunk six myths about DevOps – and replace those myths with facts.

Myth 1. DevOps is a tool.

Sure, you use tools to make DevOps happen. You use tools to improve automation, monitoring, and integration in your systems, but those are tools, not the system itself.

DevOps is a methodology and a set of practices, not simply a toolbox.


Myth 2: DevOps requires a team.

The whole purpose of DevOps is to break down silos and put systems in place that encourage different teams to work together. Of course the development team should talk to the operations team, but everyone on any team in a company is encouraged to increase their lines of communication through DevOps.

DevOps doesn’t need its own specialised team.


Myth 3: DevOps is only for continuous delivery.

DevOps affects change in the company culture by increasing collaboration and communication between many departments, as well as creating new processes for continuous delivery.

DevOps does deal with automation, but that’s not its only function.


Myth 4: DevOps only uses open source software.

While DevOps has certain technology requirements like automated testing and version control configurations, it can just as easily work on applications running mainframes and firmware.

DevOps is a set of principles, meaning that the technology DevOps runs on isn’t standardised.


Myth 5: DevOps is only useful for the cloud.

Just like it can be run on many kinds of technology, DevOps can also be used for any kinds of infrastructure.

DevOps can be used on the cloud, but it can be used on lots of other infrastructures, as well.


Myth 6: DevOps eliminates IT teams.

Development teams do take over more IT operations and engineering functions, like code deployments and service level maintenance. DevOps also requires IT operations to automate programs developers can use.

IT operations are not decimated after DevOps implementation.

If you’re thinking about encouraging any kind of new team collaboration, Ciklum has a number of engagement models from which to choose. With us, you can extend your team around the world or work with certified QA consultants to cut your costs. We can also manage your team or project. Simply tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you build a team that fits those specifications.

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