Posts Tagged Under: DevOps

The Road to Continuous Deployment

Anyone experienced with traditional IT environments will probably be familiar with the age-old tension between releasing new features and guaranteeing stability. In these unfortunate circumstances, development and production teams work separately from one another, paving the way for a series of issues in both delivery fluidity and compatibility.

This is very much akin to sprucing up a big, circular cake and somehow attempting to fit it into a much smaller — possibly star-shaped — box for delivery. Just as you would likely have to slice the cake up in order to make it fit inside the awkward packaging, due to the natural differences between development and production environments, operations teams must tweak any code that is sent their way.

Of course, in this day and age, the industry demands agility. So in order to get around this issue and expedite the delivery process, here at Software Planet, we make use of continuous deployment — a practice that while admittedly requiring a series of big changes to attain, has the power to take your production capacity to exciting new levels.

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Top Trends Redefining Enterprise IT

If there is one industry that has undergone massive upheaval in the last decade or so, then that would be IT. The term “digital transformation” may be an oft-used cliché, but one can hardly dispute that it remains as current as ever.

Increasingly, because technology has evolved at a pace far greater than anyone could have anticipated, many businesses are being forced to make one of two simple choices — play catch-up or throw in the towel.

So for all the non-quitters out there still trying to navigate this new technological era, here is a compilation of the most important trends that are turning IT on its head:

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Getting Started With Cloud Migration

So you’ve finally decided to hop aboard the proverbial airwagon and embark on a journey to the cloud. Well done! This could well be the single most important decision you have ever made for your company.

After all, as by now you will have undoubtedly heard, in addition to providing you with state-of-the-art systems, cloud computing could potentially spare your business thousands of pounds each year.

Nevertheless, without proper planning and execution, migrating to the cloud can quickly become a lot more cumbersome than originally anticipated.

And so, with this very thought in mind, we have put together a cloud migration checklist that should hopefully serve to make this process a breeze. But first, there are a few important points to consider:

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Going Further with Docker

If you owned a shipping company, you would probably need an ingenious system to send different categories of goods across the sea. For example, it would certainly be ill-advised to lump a live hippopotamus right next to a brand new Macbook Pro. Instead, you and your crew would likely have to pay close attention to the size and shape of goods, as well as the required provisions to keep them safe and stable during transport.

Much in the same way, the shift from monolithic applications to the separately managed components found in microservices has demanded an inventive approach to software deployment. Thankfully, however, just as the shipping industry was able to solve most cargo challenges when freight containers were standardised in the late 1960s, a powerful software container has quickly risen to definitive status in the programming world.

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Software Planet Group: Who We Are

Finding an ideal provider of desktop and web services can be an extremely daunting task, but we think you should know why big brands such as Nokia, Xerox and a host of Silicon Valley startups have decided to make us their official suppliers. Though we may be new to the United Kingdom, having set up shop in Surrey just under two years ago, Software Planet Group (SPG) have been invested in meeting our customers’ needs in Europe and across the globe for more than 15 years. We provide web services and cross-platform desktop solutions, from consultation and conceptual analysis to design and implementation.

Ever since the beginning of SPG, we have distinguished ourselves by working in partnership with our customers and constantly updating our technical skills. We are proud to have been one of the first businesses to join the Agile development movement back in 2004, and were also one of the first 10 European software companies to fully adopt Extreme Programming. In practice, this means we employ various techniques to break down big projects into simple, bite-sized tasks that greatly accelerate product development. At the same time, throughout the process, we are committed to the highest degree of testing and quality control available today.

On a technical level, SPG specialise in business consultation and assessment, strategic planning, system architecture and design, user interface design/UX, system administration, DevOps and quality control; but above all, we specialise in keeping you informed. Should you

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