Top 10 DevOps tools for Aussie organisations

Top 10 DevOps Tools for Aussie organisations

February 2, 2021

The team here at DX Solutions are very passionate when it comes to tool selection! In no particular order, here are our Top 10 DevOps tools for Aussie organisations.

 

OWASP ZAP

OWASP ZAP is an open source, web app scanner. It sits between the tester’s browser and the web application, operating as the “man-in-the-middle” proxy, and is used for threat detection and penetration testing of web applications.

The tool maps web application pages and the resources on each page. The automated scanners can intercept the messages between the web application and developer’s browser and alert users to anomalies.

It’s one of the most active open-source projects. Due to the number of security vulnerabilities introduced daily, having an extremely active open-source project is really important. Other tools like GitLab use it under the hood. It is also very cost effective compared to other security tools on the market.

 

Kubernetes

Kubernetes is a portable platform used for automating, scaling and managing containerised applications. With Kubernetes, applications can be built across multiple containers using multiple hosts, whilst retaining the ability to scale and manage them over time.

It’s extensive features list includes service discovery and load balancing, storage orchestration, automated rollouts and rollbacks, automatic bin packing, self-healing, secrets and configuration management.

Kubernetes is in our Top 10 as it’s the leading orchestrator in the market – especially for organisations that use container technology.

 

Docker

The Docker platform is used for developing, shipping and running applications. It’s been one of the leading pioneers for container standardisation. Containers built on Docker are lightweight allowing for applications to run anywhere, anytime.

Essentially, applications can be separated from infrastructure enabling software to be delivered quickly and consume less resources. Workloads are highly portable with Docker meaning they can run locally, on physical or virtual machines, on cloud environments such as AWS, GCP, or in Hybrid environments.

Docker is firmly in our Top 10 as a tool to build container images.

 

SonarQube

SonarQube ’empowers all developers to write cleaner and safer code.’  It can be integrated into existing workflows and is multi-language ensuring that analysis results in clear, actionable feedback for developers.

One of the biggest benefits of using this open-source tool is that it increases a developers’ knowledge of code security issues by sharing the nature of security threats. Enterprise users can also declare custom frameworks enabling taint-analysis of code to track non-sanitised user code.

We like the clear quality gating, multi-language abilities which enables developers a higher release velocity without compromising quality and security.

 

Ansible

Ansible is an agentless automation tool that configures systems and deploys software that has specifically been designed for multi-tier deployments. With a huge repository of built-in modules, Ansible can save time and effort across a multitude of IT automation tasks. Utilising SSH and the YAML format, Ansible is easy to get started with and to create custom plugins.

There are a huge range of automation tools on the market – Puppet runs an agent on each node and Chef is written in Ruby and utilises a master-agent model and a master server.

Ansible hits our Top 10 list of DevOps Tools thanks to its use of YAML syntax to define configuration and because the learning curve isn’t as a steep as other similar tools. Being open-source is also a bonus.

 

Terraform

Terraform enables infrastructure as code to ‘manage the full lifecycle – create new resources, manage existing ones, and destroy resources’ when no longer required. As Terraform utilises the HCL (HashiCorp Configuration Language), there is a learning curve but it is relatively simple to pick up.

A feature that separates Terraform from its competitors, is the ability to automate resources across public and private clouds. Utilising declarative config files, users can manage the full lifecycle and predictably make changes to infrastructure.

It allows you to use software programming principles in your infrastructure automation but is not limited to infrastructure provisioning. The tool also integrates with 3rd party applications or tools.

 

Dynatrace

Dynatrace is a leader in monitoring and provides in-depth visibility of apps on any cloud. Applications can be monitored down to the code level and with ‘Davis’ the proprietary AI engine, it provides much more than monitoring logs and reports. Real-time observability into dynamic environments, self healing delivery pipeline and the ability to understand the full digital customer experience from a single platform, are some of the features we love.

Dynatrace is considered a leader in this space.

 

Browserstack

Browserstack is one of the leading tools in the app and browser testing space and our Top 10 DevOps Tools would not be complete without it. Easy to get started with, Browserstack allows instant access to a huge array of devices and browsers including beta and legacy versions.

It also has the ability for enhanced security and network controls for enterprises which is perfect for clients in highly regulated environments. Browserstack is the most cost effective option in this category with more globally distributed datacentres, including Australia, than competitors like Sauce Labs.

 

Rancher

Rancher hit headlines in 2020 as it was acquired by SUSE and we expect this year will see enterprises in Australia rapidly embracing this open-source technology. Rancher 2.0 is specifically designed for enterprise to experience the full benefit from Kubernetes and we love the potential cost savings for our clients.

Want to know what Rancher is all about? Check out this video.

Rancher essentially gives you visability across all your container workloads from a central location and it can be used to help you deploy into a variety of different Kubernetes clusters.

 

GitLab

GitLab is an excellent DevOps tool for Aussie enterprises. It offers a complete platform for DevOps in enterprises and can easily integrate third party software for security and source management. GitLab is emerging as arguably one of the world’s leading DevOps Platforms offering the full spectrum of enterprise-standard, end-to-end DevOps features, out of the box.

 

Do you agree?

What do you think of our Top 10 DevOps tools for Aussie organisations? If you are looking to supercharge your DevOps journey, get in touch for a chat.

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