The domains of software and application development are fiercely competitive. Loads of developers may be working on a similar idea or solution simultaneously. The one who finishes first generally gets the lion’s share as an innovator.
What is DevOps?
Let’s briefly discuss the concept of DevOps in case you are un-initiated. You can include all such practices as DevOps that blend software or app development with real time IT operations. This concept is gaining a lot of acceptance and momentum lately.
The questions arises, how are DevOps better than traditional software development methodologies. Well, they primarily have a twofold advantage. Firstly, you are able to considerably reduce the software development life cycle with DevOps.
Secondly, you can greatly enhance the quality of your software or application via DevOps. This is realized because you are testing your code in real time and measuring its impact on operations as you develop the software or app.
With a basic concept of DevOps out of the way, let’s discuss whether Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops, such as the ones offered by Cloud Service Provider (CSP) dinCloud, can prove to be an effective vehicle for carrying out DevOps.
Anywhere and Anytime Access
Cloud Hosted Desktops (dinHVD) offer you unrivaled access to your development tools and environment. As a developer, this can be very helpful and productive. Whether writing new code, optimizing it or debugging, this untethered access is great for DevOps.
This access is only possible with Hosted Desktops such as dinHVDs. As a developer, you enjoy access to your DevOps environment from any location, whether the workplace or home. In case of downtimes, this can be a true lifesaver as every second counts.
High Performance and Instant Scalability
This is yet another area where Cloud Hosted Desktops prove their usefulness in DevOps. Due to a state of the art infrastructure of your Cloud Provider (CSP) at the backend, you enjoy a consistent high performance environment with minimal distortions.
In DevOps, you need to ramp up your resources every now and then. In case of on-premise development environments, this may not always be possible, especially if you have to meet stringent timelines and the underlying hardware does not permit scaling up.
Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops (dinHVD) on the other hand provide instant scalability to DevOps teams. This in turn streamlines the whole process, while the development as well as testing phases do not suffer setbacks due to resource constraints.
Deploy and Test in the Cloud Itself
Cloud desktops give DevOps another huge advantage, which is instant deployment and testing. If the cloud desktop itself and the software or app code will run over the cloud, you can instantly deploy and test your code without the need for code uploading or migration.
DevOps Environment is Shared over the Cloud
This is a major advantage of Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops in case of DevOps. You can achieve this in two ways. Firstly, you may assign the same dinHVD to more than one developer and they may do their share of work over the same environment.
If you want to further accelerate and streamline the pace of DevOps, you can assign multiple dinHVDs to developers but the environment is still shared over the cloud. This can further reduce the lead times in the development process and give you a competitive edge.
DevOps works in progress are intellectual property and need an equal amount of protection. Firstly, no code is stored on endpoint devices of your developers. So, you don’t risk code loss or theft if an endpoint device gets lost or stolen.
Secondly, you can secure your development environment over the cloud via access management tools. dinCloud has integrated a Two Factor Authentication (2FA) mechanism for its Hosted Virtual Desktops (dinHVD), providing you peace of mind in terms of security.
These were some of the specific benefits of Cloud Hosted Virtual Desktops that you can tap in the case of DevOps. The generic advantages of dinHVDs extend far beyond the ones cited above, whether in the short or long term.
If you are engaged in DevOps and feel that your existing development environment is not up to the mark, you must give dinCloud’s HVDs a shot.