DevOps Teams Need a Production-Ready Environment
Currently development teams have no place to test their code with production-ready services in order to discover of service-to-service interaction and dependencies issues.
A staging area may allow developers to do basic testing and code validation; however, it becomes impossible to quickly and effectively test code when dealing with today's complex architectures such as cloud-native applications, containers, microservices, etc. The continuous integration (CI) phase helped with unit testing of applications. This has worked well for monolithic applications but with the proliferation of containers & microservices has lost its effectiveness. With the size of code continuously shrinking, microservices and applications have now become first-class citizens. A new framework is needed to battle harden these services & applications which focus on service-to-service issues.
What is a production-ready environment?
A production-ready environment provides developers with an on-demand & sharable testing and validation tier that is as close to production as possible.
Speed up the production pipeline by eliminating CI
By eliminating the need for traditional CI and left-shifting the battle-hardening of services & applications into the hands of developers, accelerates releases by at least 60%.
A production-ready environment allows all service changes to be tested and certified by developers thus the traditional CI phase is not needed anymore. Furthermore, once these changes go to production, the chances of failure are close to none.