Top 15 DevOps Tools
DevOps has become a mantra that’s echoing everywhere in the tech sector nowadays. DevOps helps companies to smooth out the glitches and move their software product to the market faster. With DevOps, redundant waiting times are removed and the delivery and deployment are quicker. Immediately after a code check-in or at scheduled intervals, a new build gets triggered. This is installed and tested with the help of automation tools and can automatically be moved to production.
All this and more make DevOps are very important for any IT organization. There are several tools available in the market to help companies set up and implement this pipeline. Let us look at some important tools used in CI/CD pipeline.
Git is one of the most popular tools used in the industry today. One of the best things about Git is its ability to create multiple branches easily. These code branches can be merged seamlessly. Being an open-source tool facilitating version control adds to the benefits. Big shots like Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and many more companies have switched to Git for their CI/CD implementation.
Kobiton is often called the future of DevOps. It allows you to run your automation tests on real devices for fitting into the CI/CD pipeline. It offers powerful APIs that can be used both for automation and integration with other tools. The detailed test reports and the ability to create tickets from these test reports are other advantages. These reports are very insightful when made a part of the DevOps cycle.
Jenkins is a open-source tool used for DevOps automation. It is used to automate the code delivery process and helps find issues with the code. It is used to automate the building, testing, and deployment of the software. The best part about Jenkins is the 1000+ plugins, meaning it can be integrated with almost all the other tools in the market. Jenkin jobs are a key part of the CI/CD pipeline in many companies today.
Gradle is another fast-growing build automation tool used for DevOps. The USP for Gradle is its simple installation, its automation framework written in Java, and using Groovy for its DSL. Launched in 2009, it can be used for multi-project builds and is much faster than Maven. The tool is mostly used in Groovy, Scala, and Java ecosystems.
Bamboo is like a paid version of Jenkins. It offers similar options with the addition of prebuilt functionalities and has a lesser number of plug-ins. The UI is user-friendly and offers auto-completion features making it much faster to set up and execute. It also can run parallel batch tests and can be used to trigger builds based on code check-ins, repository changes, push notifications, and more.
Selenium is another popular web automation tool that is widely used for testing in the CI/CD pipeline. Selenium is an open-source tool that supports scripting in various languages including Python and Java. Being an open-source tool, it has the cost advantage, and the support for multiple scripting languages adds to its benefits.
The main use of Chef is in Configuration Management. From a DevOps perspective, it is used to manage the servers and applications in the cloud or internally. Some of the advantages of using Chef are high-speed software delivery, improved cloud adoption, ability to manage both cloud and the data centers among others.
Puppet is another open-source configuration management cum deployment tool widely used in DevOps for managing multiple servers. It helps simplify complex and time-consuming configurations.
Docker is a popular DevOps technology suite that can be used to build, test, ship, and run your applications. It is an open-source tool that helps people work with different container codes and then merge them into a single application. It can also improve your server load balancing with the use of Ingress. A multi-cloud platform helps to improve CI efficiency and promotes rapid development.
Kubernetes is a relatively new tool introduced in 2015. It also lets you work in containers and helps you manage them well. It is an orchestration platform that can be used along with other tools like Docker to achieve a complete DevOps suite. It supports multiple frameworks and offers seamless updates too.
Ansible is the most widely used open-source configuration management, deployment, and orchestration tool. It helps automate software provisioning and deployment while eliminating the need for a dedicated system administrator in the team.
QuerySurge is an innovative DevOps solution that helps in continuous data testing and identifying data issues in the delivery pipeline. This continuous testing helps to increase data validation and drastically improves the quality at high speed. It also offers a huge set of robust APIs to support DevOps implementation.
Apache Jmeter is an open-source load testing tool widely used for Performance testing of websites and applications. It helps to simulate the load/users and helps to understand the performance of the application. It can be easily integrated into the CI/CD pipeline (commonly Azure DevOps) to test the check the application performance.
With the growth in the number of mobile applications, the implementation of Appium has also grown exponentially. The biggest advantage of Appium is that it is platform-independent and can be used for both android and iOS devices. It also supports native, hybrid, and web apps with equal ease. It is commonly used in CI/CD pipelines to test the applications to real devices, emulators, and simulators as well.
CruiseControl is an extensible framework and a dedicated CI (Continuous Integration) tool. It supports remote management and stores the details of the multiple builds for later use. It is simple and intuitive with an XML-based configuration.
There are many other tools available in the market that can be easily used for your CI/CD pipeline. One needs to choose the tool based on the project or company’s need. Many of these tools are open-source and hence come with a cost advantage as well. If you’d like to discuss how can you can introduce DevOps, Tritusa Consulting can help, please get in touch with our team.