Jan. 18, 2020

Is your organization practicing DevOps? This IT practice is known for its ability to increase efficiencies and reduce redundancy. However, you can also reduce costs with DevOps as well. Does that last part grab your attention?

Whether your organization is new to the concept of DevOps or if you simply haven’t noticed more room in your budgeting after implementing it, we have some ideas for you – five to be exact. Here are the measures being implemented across the DevOps community in order to reduce costs.

Invest in Automation and Commit to the Cloud

Here’s the first step to reduce costs with Devops. Are we saying that in order to save money you need to spend it? Kind of. Automation can be effective at reducing costs. Whether you need to invest dollars or simply more attention toward the cloud, DevOps can make the process easy and save money while doing it.

Working with a cloud provider can reduce upfront developmental costs and ongoing maintenance costs. It also opens the door for DevOps teams to create effective automation strategies as well as their own automated program tasks. These monitor processes like application performance, generate reports, or basic troubleshooting.

Optimize DevOps tools and resources

The number of programs a DevOps team can encounter on a single day can be overwhelming to say the least. Poor management of these resources can blow up your budget in no time.

The first step is to take an inventory of your toolchain. This includes everything programs, applications, licenses, and plugins to processing power, bandwidth, and other network requirements. It’s also worth taking a look at any remaining legacy infrastructure that costs more than its worth.

Then, implement policies and train employees on proper usage of all these resources. Put caps and limits and usage requirements in place that help control costs before things get out of control. You’re on your way!

Manage Cloud Sprawl

Similar to optimizing and controlling your toolchain, DevOps need to control cloud usage. Cloud sprawl can lead to unnecessary costs due to the unmanaged use of VMs and cloud instances.

This can be maintained through ongoing reporting and a well-implemented strategy that outlines the numbers of VMs in the budget and when they should be shut down. A good system of checks and balances should help manage cloud sprawl and therefore costs.

Protect Against Security Gaps

Your company probably has security policies in place, but the real question is, are they enforced? If policies aren’t followed by users as well as employees at both the enterprise and departmental level, it can certainly be costly.

All it takes is one exposed flaw before the entire enterprise is left vulnerable and accessible to a breach. Then you’ll be paying not only for a repair for increased defenses of your enterprise.

Develop Apps in Containers

Containers make it easier to host applications and allow for collaboration between the entire tech team. This alone reduces the costs associated with the resources needed to run your enterprise.

For example, containers streamline development, QA, and live environments so that the user experience is always consistent. Containers also create a simple process for applying software updates without disrupting service. And lastly, they give DevOps teams the ability to switch between programming environments quickly because you can run nearly any app built in any language inside containers.

As DevOps becomes more widely implemented across organizations large and small, more cost-saving trends are sure to surface. For now, this is where we recommend that you start. But remember, it’s possible that you might need to make an investment into DevOps first before you start reaping the reward.