IT Is Ready to Adopt DevOps but Runs Into Barriers

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-27-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Tech teams are ready, willing and quite able to adopt DevOps for app deployments, but legacy IT and other organizational barriers are holding them back.
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    59% of the IT decision-makers surveyed are extremely familiar with DevOps concepts, and 41% are at least somewhat familiar.
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    89% rated their internal team as at least capable on DevOps platforms, and 23% rated their team as expert.
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    90% rated their internal team as at least capable on network virtualization needs, and 23% rated their team as expert.
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    Biggest Barriers to DevOps Success

    Limited budgets: 20%, Legacy system-based constraints: 17%, App complexity: 13%, Complexities of multiple environments: 11%, Company culture: 9%
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    31% of the IT decision-makers surveyed are using Microsoft Azure for cloud-enabled DevOps efforts, and 27% are using Amazon Web Services.
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    Popular Virtualization Platforms for DevOps

    VMware: 19%, Microsoft: 15%, OpenStack: 7%
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    60% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said it's somewhat or very easy to access self-service infrastructure.
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    35% said they need to deploy apps once or several times a day, while 24% said they deploy apps at least once a week.
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    52% of the IT decision-makers surveyed said it takes hours to set up infrastructure for specific apps, and 35% said it takes days or weeks to do so.
 

IT departments are very familiar with the concepts and potential benefits of DevOps, and they are quite capable of taking advantage of DevOps when launching app deployments. However, a number of challenges are holding them back from maximizing the value of this increasingly popular foundation of tech practices, according to a recent survey from Pensa. Even if CIOs rank their teams as DevOps experts, they still encounter execution barriers in the form of limited budgets, legacy system-based constraints and app complexities. And, even though they're able to use the latest in cloud and virtualization platforms for DevOps efforts, they're still finding that it can take hours—if not days or weeks—to properly set up the infrastructure for app deployments. "The biggest barriers to DevOps success involve the cost and complexity of transforming legacy IT environments into complete software-defined data centers, including compute, networking, storage, security and applications," said Tom Joyce, CEO of Pensa. "We also found that IT managers are committed to deploying DevOps on a range of platforms, including public cloud, private cloud and on-premises virtualization, rather than being beholden to any single DevOps platform." More than 200 IT decision-makers took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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