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Use DevOps on AWS to automate app deployment

AWS provides native tools that help developers build, update and test new application builds. But enterprises using AWS tools should be wary of lock-in.

Enterprises have two ways to run DevOps on AWS. The first path combines third-party DevOps tools that are nonspecific to AWS, while using AWS for basic infrastructure services, such as storage and networking. With this approach, the idea is to stay as cloud agnostic as possible, and while being 100% cloud agnostic is impossible, developers can limit their AWS integration.

The second method works for several enterprises that are all-in with AWS and may find AWS cloud-based DevOps tools to be a better fit. The tradeoff with this approach is portability, but committing to AWS has certain advantages -- performance and tighter integration with other AWS products. This can improve security and resource management.

Keep in mind the DevOps process means the automation of Agile, and the ability to remove the latency involved with application development to streamline the process of building, testing, integrating and deploying applications. With native AWS tools, the tradeoff is platform lock-in, which can cause issues down the road when going multicloud or adding an on-premises platform to the mix.

While AWS DevOps tools can save time and effort if a business is already working in the AWS cloud, it's a good idea to define needs before implementing DevOps on AWS. From there, developers can pick the right tools, with an emphasis on AWS tools.

Native AWS DevOps tools

AWS CodeDeploy is an AWS DevOps product that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances, but it can also deploy to instances running on premises. This means CodeDeploy is multi-platform, including AWS and non-AWS platforms -- providing greater flexibility.

While AWS DevOps tools can save time and effort if a business is already working in the AWS cloud, it's a good idea to define needs before implementing DevOps on AWS.

AWS CodeDeploy allows developers to release new features, dealing with the integration of new code to rapidly deploy applications. This tool can automate software deployments with the end points being EC2 instances, as well as local platforms. CodeDeploy should be on the short list for development shops seeking a flexible code deployment tool in the cloud.

AWS CodeCommit is a source code control service that allows enterprises to host private Git repositories. As with any source code control systems, CodeCommit allows users to store anything from source code to binaries. As an added benefit, it works seamlessly with existing Git tools and integrates with existing on-premises DevOps tools as well as DevOps on AWS.

AWS CodePipeline is a delivery tool that drives application updates by building, testing and deploying apps after each code change. Therefore, CodePipeline provides delivery features and updates, as well as the ability to build out an end-to-end approach using prebuilt plugins for third-party services like GitHub.

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