In today’s fast-changing world, technology is upgrading at a more rapid pace, which no one ever imagined. The need for newer and faster technology is increasing with each passing day. Here we are going to talk about some of the modern technologies which are gaining popularity these days. The combined benefits of both changes the entire science of Software Development Automation. In this blog, we explore the benefits and strategy for DevSecOps with Microservices.
What is DevOps?
DevOps is mainly a set of practices and tools that help in continuous delivery and shortening the software development life cycle by automating the processes between development teams and software development. Along with increased development speed and distribution, the reliability is also maintained. After the idea of DevOps, the idea was born due to security issues in DevOps, which was referred to as DevSecOps. Read More here DevOps Adoption and Implementation Strategy
What is DevSecOps?
DevSecOps is the practice/philosophy of adding security to DevOps. According to DevSecOps approach, everyone should be held accountable for the safety and security should be implemented alongside the development, without affecting the outcome of the programs. So where is the difference between these two? Both DevOps and DevSecOps follows the Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment strategy. Despite being similar in most of the aspects, these two still have differences.
Difference between DevOps and DevSecOps
The main difference between DevOps and DevSecOps is information security. DevSecOps is known to be DevOps with added security feature. Due to the lack of required security measures, the management of risks/problems during the phases was not done. With the security features in DevSecOps, the concept of continuous risk management was also introduced to the development/production.
What are Microservices?
Microservices or popularly known as Microservice Architecture is a Software Development Architecture technique or style that decomposes or divides the application into a set of loosely coupled services. These services are:
Owned by small teams
Microservice architecture is a successor to monolithic development architecture, in which instead of decomposition of application into services, the app was developed and deployed as a unit file. One of the benefits of this architecture is that it helps in faster and continuous deployment, also if there is a problem with any service, the service can be rolled back and checked for errors. With the help of Microservices strategy, we can roll back non-value adding services at any time. Read More Microservices Architecture and Design Patterns
Containers for Microservices
Microservices architecture based applications should be deployed and executed using containers. Boxes are packages for our application/software that contain all the needs of software like libraries, code dependencies, binaries and some other necessary tools. The container has become popular because of their several benefits over its opponents such as Virtual Machines(VMs) etc. Some of the benefits are:
Containers provide continuous development, continuous integration and deployment, which makes deployment and rolling back easier.
Containers provide Environmental consistency in development, production and testing as they run the same way in every environment, whether it is a personal laptop or cloud.
Boxes are beneficial in handling Microservices.
Some tools can help with Microservices and containers. Here are some:
It can be defined as a platform to manage containers and services/ workloads which are containerized through them. This is a high-speed growing tool, which was first published as open-source kubernetes-project in the year 2014. It is a solution to the container handling problem as if a container has some issues or questions, and then the work will terminate. Kubernetes handles these issues by starting another box if the previous one fails. Read More here Kubernetes Deployment and Security Best Practices
Docker is a containerization tool that helps in encapsulating application in containers and managing those containers. In Docker, there are no conflicts, and microservices of applications run separately in their container environments. In Docker, we can create a stable environment for application execution by using the necessary libraries, languages and dependencies. Some of the advantages of Docker are:
Docker images can be created and saved in case we need to run them on different servers.
For Docker, a container is an operating system process, so the starting/loading time for the boxes is very less(merely a few seconds)
Management of containers is secure, and they can be created and destroyed in a few easy steps.
It supports various operating systems, including Windows, many Linux distributions and Mac.
DevSecOps and Microservices both are very helpful in software development automation. By combining these two, both software quality and deployment speed are increased. Also, DevSecOps handles the security issues during the development, production and deployment phases. When we combine these two technologies, it becomes easier to develop independent microservices for a software/application parallelly. The DevSecOps teams use the microservice architecture while development to ensure Continuous Integration/ Continuous Delivery with increased security measures. As the microservices are independent and loosely coupled, the development becomes a little easier for developers using the DevSecOps strategy. Also, Microservice architecture acts as a boost for speed of DevSecOps enabled applications development. Some of the Benefits of using DevSecOps with Microservices are:
Errors are reduced
Product quality is improved
The development effort and hence the cost is reduced
The productivity of Development teams is increased
DevSecOps, along with microservices, is a beneficial combination and is becoming popular these days: Development Teams are starting to use the DevSecOps- microservices combination in Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence. The combination of these two enhances the performance and efficiency of these technologies. DevSecOps, along with Microservices, ensures the scalability and reusability of the Softwares. Also, the time between the releases is reduced due to increased deployment speed.
We have made several points above-showing benefits of combining the DevSecOps with Microservices. These two are part of leading technologies in the world and are still growing at a fast pace. The combination of these two will increase the software development speed, security and reliability and will be a great help to the developers who prefer to use DevSecOps strategy. The organizations which are applying this combination strategy are becoming more productive and are leaving their competitors behind by faster production and lower cost.