How Ephemeral Environments
Benefit DevOps Teams
Ephemeral environments (also known as temporary environments, on-demand environments and test environments) are a powerful and simple way to spin up the most complicated development environment and is a modern tool necessary for DevOps.
Key benefits of Ephemeral Environment include:
- Instantly created at pull request and easily destroyed when
release is complete
- Eliminates the management of complex software and custom script creation
- Reduce cloud costs by spinning environments up and down on demand
- Removes the burden of creating custom scripts & managing complex
software in order for developers to create a pre-production environment
- Mirrors production environments as closely as possible
- Shareable with all stakeholders in QA, product management, sales, etc.
- Automated for fast testing and certification
What is an Ephemeral Environment?
Ephemeral simply means without fixed boundaries or life span. It is used as long as it is needed, no more and no less. An ephemeral environment can quickly be spun up and just as easily discarded.
Ephemeral environments used for software development are designed fundamentally to be short-lived and to eventually go away.
Ephemeral Environments are Critical to Modernizing DevOps Processes
A traditional testing environment may allow developers to do basic testing and validation of code; however, the static nature of a test environment makes it becomes impossible for efficient testing to occur when dealing with modern complex architectures such as containers, micro services and cloud-native applications.
The development process can not continue to operate doing the same processes using the same tools. Ephemeral test environments allow DevOps teams to scale up to meet demand and fix the bottleneck associated with traditional testing and QA environments.
How Roost Modernizes Processes DevOps by Providing Environments as a Service (EaaS)
With Roost developers can focus on writing code because infrastructure is handled transparently.
Roost is an “Environments as a Service” platform that creates instant and ephemeral environments which automatically validates applications allowing developers to spot potential errors before a pull request is merged.
With the Roost environments as a service platform, teams no longer need to worry about creating custom scripts and managing complex software. Roost auto discovers environment configuration and optimizes it using the power of machine learning. Developers can effortlessly spin up an ephemeral environment and once created, it can be shared with other stakeholders like Quality Assurance, Product Managers, Security in the form of a simple URL. Each stakeholder can validate this tangible deliverable using their own criteria.Roost believes that reducing the distance between development and production is a way to simultaneously improve development velocity and pull request merge success.