Having been brutally murdered by Managed Services, DevOps is now Dead. 

How true is this statement? Some people may agree with it, while others may not. Let’s delve deeper to understand if Managed Services has actually killed DevOps or not…

Unlike several other industries, the world of software is evolving continuously. With new tools and technologies being updated and upgraded almost daily, it’s difficult for anything in the software space to enjoy everlasting popularity. 

Initially invented as a means to unify IT operations and developers, DevOps required collaboration between development and deployment tools. However promising it seemed at that time, there was still a huge issue with it. If anything went wrong, then who was to blame? The developer or the person who deployed the code? 

The blame couldn’t go on just one person. As the systems administrators have little to no knowledge of the working of the code and the developers don’t know much about deploying. Soon all things happy and peachy were coming to an end and DevOps became a redundant step in the continuous deployment procedure. Not to mention the costs incurred with such complexity. 

The Cloud in the form of Managed Services offered much better infrastructure requirements and toolsets. Today, Managed Service Providers enable you to work in a dramatically simplified manner with highly reduced complexity. This further enables the developers to concentrate their resources on software development rather than installing databases and ensuring backups, uptime, and redundancy. 

One can safely say that Managed Services has taken quite the workload off from DevOps teams. The reason why Managed Services are becoming so popular is the fact that DevOps was creating the same problem that they were initially meant to tackle. It was meant to speed things up. However, Managed Services does the job with much more simplicity and ease than DevOps, thereby making DevOps unnecessary. 

But is DevOps really redundant?

The answer to this question lies in the more subtle nature of the working of the software industry. DevOps is at the heart of every organization since it is essential to the reliability and stability of software products. It deploys automation of redundant tasks to eliminate human errors and also helps rectify issues that can be resolved promptly due to faster release cycles. 

With DevOps, the performance of the systems is exploited in real-time and thus the impact of application changes can be understood easily. This leads to higher stability of the operating environments and enhanced collaboration and effective communication that in turn enables developers to innovate rather than simply fix and manage. 

On the contrary, the complexity of products developed by organizations today has increased dramatically. This in turn has emphasized the need for Managed Services that help with the orchestration of such highly complex products. Since Managed Services Providers offer resilient and robust cloud architecture and infrastructure, businesses no longer need in-house teams and infrastructure. 

Long story short – Managed Services has definitely had an impact on DevOps but both are complementary in nature. They both play a crucial role in the lifecycle of software development and businesses. They go hand in hand as automating services consumption, self-service discovery, and appropriately orchestrating Managed Services are a part of DevOps

Even though Managed Services has eased off the requirement for system administrators, DevOps is the basic organizing principle that penetrates Managed Services. Simply put, DevOps is a culture that is essential to application development as it eliminates the need for human intervention for redundant tasks. Thereby freeing up the human task force to concentrate on rather crucial tasks. Hence, it is safe to say that Managed Sevices and DevOps share a symbiotic relationship. 

Why DevOps Needs A Managed Service Provider?

With new solutions and changing technology, DevOps changes continuously. Hence, DevOps is never fully implemented. However, with all the effort needed to simply get started, there should certainly be some kind of payoff, shouldn’t there? 

DevOps does have a payoff and if we are to listen to IT professionals around the globe, they would tell us the payoff is in terms of a healthier IT culture, faster development, and higher release frequency. However, DevOps demands maintenance. Nowadays, solutions become obsolete in the blink of an eye. Having said that, containers are still a development thing today but serverless is just around the corner. 

A simple, cost-efficient, and time-saving solution is offered by Managed Services Providers. MSPs partner with enterprise technology companies to create solutions specifically for them. This leads to an exclusive solution made for MSP that has updated technology which the MSPs can pass on to their clients. 

MSPs also take off your load of implementing DevOps. Several Managed Service Providers offer a specialized cultural transformation. They assist businesses to set up automation tools, containers, infrastructure. What’s more? Some even help you train your workforce. Likewise, you can expect MSPs to offer assistance with ongoing cloud maintenance, security, workloads and they also provide 24/7 support.

Thus, with an MSP making the move to DevOps becomes simple, stress-free, and eliminates any kind of internal transformation on an enterprise level. 

In a nutshell, DevOps isn’t necessarily dead due to the advent of Managed Services. In fact, DevOps will continue to be at the core of organizations but it will continue to grow and permeate as a culture. Managed Services and DevOps are collaborative and complementary in nature. 

Do you think that MSPs can completely eliminate DevOps? 

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of Appclonescript.com, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.