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How to minimize costs with DevOps?

The cultural shift toward shortening the development cycle and delivering high-quality software on a continual basis can bring revolutionary benefits. For businesses that do not focus on reducing costs, the costs of DevOps may overshadow the benefits. 

The transition from traditional models to DevOps might cost as much as $100,000 to $500,000. Successful implementation of DevOps requires an all-encompassing knowledge of optimizing the costs and currently available human and financial resources. 

From our experience of delivering happiness in DevOps services for several years, we have compiled the top 4 measures you can adopt to minimize your costs with DevOps. They will enable you to analyze your resources, examine where to cut costs, track your IT spending, and improvise. 

Plan DevOps Implementation

DevOps Implementation

Migration to DevOps is a technical process and businesses that do not analyze the process before implementation spend much more than needed. A vast majority of organizations either purchase too many tools than they need or miss out on some significant ones. 

It is recommended that you consult an expert DevOps team before initiating your project. The team will analyze the structure of your organization, understand its needs, associated risks and opportunities. The team will then offer you a custom-made, budget-friendly infrastructure plan. 

Professionals know where there can be hidden charges while buying tools and equipment and inform you beforehand. Take advantage of the expertise of DEHA Vietnam’s consultancy services to plan DevOps implementation for your organization. 

Optimize Resources Usage 

Your organization will not require resources operating 24/7. It is possible to reduce the operating hours for most tools, technologies and software and shut them down when not needed. Leverage a different region to reduce costs. 

A proficient DevOps team should ideally run cloud infrastructure on demand, i.e. automatically shut down when not in use and restart when needed. Instead of running them 24/7 to reduce operational costs, keep all resources functional only during employee working shifts. 

Moreover, some tools and software are advantageous for one-time use only. Their usage becomes very limited after a successful DevOps implementation. Make sure to unsubscribe from them after use so you don’t keep adding up costs. 

For purchasing software and tools, keep an eye on the infamous Black Friday sale when almost all of the digital assets can be bought at a much lower price. Traffic hikes may cause software crashes in your organization during periods of high sales. Invest in load balancing and automatic scaling beforehand to avoid bigger financial losses in the future. 

Automate

The 2020 Global DevSecOps survey revealed that according to 47% of the participants, software testing causes most delays. Testing has been a major concern for most organizations, but automation in testing has had little progress. Only 12% of the respondents mentioned that their companies were fully automated. 

Automating CI/CD and infrastructure will save the developers from manually testing, handling servers, operating systems, connecting databases and storage. Your tasks will run smoothly with reduced bugs, and low maintenance costs. 

Although full-blown automation is not recommended, especially in testing, most chunks of the tasks can be automated. 

Besides, consider integrating Infrastructure as a Code to save your time and money.

Automating most of the tasks will also require much less testers and developers will be able to focus on high-value duties. Less workforce means reduced services charges.  

Leverage Cloud Services

DevOps will never produce adequate benefits if it is not paired with third-party cloud services. By shifting to cloud, you will pay a monthly subscription, but it will be notably less than what you’ll have to pay in building and operating without it. 

Fair cloud providers include AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, or Alibaba Cloud. They offer a wide array of features at a minimal fee. Your upfront development costs and ongoing maintenance costs will be greatly reduced. Multi-regional setup, monitoring, backup, and automation scaling from scratch will cost you big bucks without a cloud service. 

Leveraging cloud services allows DevOps teams to design their own automated program tasks as well as successful automation tactics. Cloud keeps track of things like application performance, report generation, and basic troubleshooting. 

The Endnote

The methods discussed above will help you save significant amount of money. More cost-cutting trends are sure to emerge as DevOps implementation gains popularity across organisations of all scales. However, keep in mind that you may need to make an initial investment in DevOps to ensure long-term cost-effectiveness.

DEHA Vietnam can be an excellent support system for you when it comes to cost management. Our team will plan your DevOps implementation wisely by analyzing what tools and systems your company needs. Reach out to DEHA’s experienced consultants and gain a competitive advantage by minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency. If you are still confusing about DevOps’s definition, you can find more about DevOps here.

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