The concept of DevOps is now popular owing to its importance in a cloud-based environment that involves automation for the testing and deployment of software builds. When development and operations teams are not able to communicate well with
each other, it is difficult to determine the readiness of an application.
If the development team simply hands over an application to the operations team, the software development cycle may be extended needlessly because of miscommunication. With a combined effort of both these teams, applications can reach the market much more quickly.
In contrast to DevOps, NoOps is a relatively new concept, and the hype says that NoOps may take over DevOps soon. NoOps simply refers to ‘No Operations.’ This blog dives deep into these two concepts to highlight the key differences between them.
A Quick Review of the Concept of DevOps
The ongoing process between the development and operations team is known as DevOps. It is not an end-goal and is based on the software practices for innovating and automating the interaction between developers and operation teams. The objective is to reduce the number of iterations and to deliver the best quality software product quickly, enabling faster time-to-market for the businesses.
It might happen that after putting immense efforts to introduce DevOps in your company, you feel that finally you are done. However, the actual scenario is somewhat different. In the IT world, revolution happens quickly. The market demand keeps changing, and you have to be open to the changes. You just cannot quit in the middle of anything.
The cloud helps implement complex solutions and solve many challenges but requires superior skills for successful implementation. The cloud technology is no doubt scalable but requires DevOps to work smoothly. As a result, you need some manual efforts - there must be a person behind the entire process.
What does the New Concept of NoOps Signify?
NoOps is all about implementing the processes that automate IT infrastructure to the extent that there is no need for the in-house IT operations team to perform their routine tasks. It makes the maintenance and operations fully automated, so manual intervention is not required. As such, the IT operations team can focus on innovations and other important business aspects.
Nowadays, businesses are moving away from the manual processes of configuring firewalls, database installations, manual installation of apps and patches, or publishing of the SSH keys. This trend signifies the origin of the NoOps.
The process relieves developers from all kinds of infrastructural issues that would prove to be a distraction in producing quality software and to get maximum value from cloud computing. As a result, the time wasted in interacting with the IT operations team for infrastructural issues is saved.
Like DevOps, NoOps is also enabled by technology. There are many options to make NoOps possible, but the main ones are summarized below:
- Serverless computing from major vendors like AWS, Azure, and GCP
- A PaaS solution or a cloud service hosted on Azure, AWS, GCP, and all other vendors
- Creating a replicable infrastructure that requires a one-time manual intervention.
Such solutions are suitable for automating the infrastructure and traditional deployment tools to drive the process and deliver the applications.
NoOps Vs. DevOps: The Key Difference
DevOps is a merger of development and operations processes. On the other hand, as the name suggests (No Operations), NoOps is the removal of operations itself. In NoOps, the objective is to remove all the platform management parts and develop seamless interaction between developers and infrastructure.
Thus, it can be inferred that DevOps does not have an end-goal and is a continuous process. In contrast, NoOps has a definitive goal, i.e., make everything deployable by design with no manual intervention.
In NoOps, developers finalize the code into the repository, after which everything is deployed. It might appear like the continuous delivery process, but it is much bigger. By deployment, we don’t just mean the application, but also the infrastructure.
But it doesn’t mean that it is the end of the DevOps era? When the organizations began implementing NoOps, many experts argued it to be the end of the DevOps era, and most DevOps developers feared for the loss of their jobs. In reality, DevOps has evolved and won’t vanish entirely. It is because NoOps is not a failure-free process even though it speeds up deployment.
The NoOps model has certain prominent loopholes like:
- Security and Compliance Issue: For a firm grip over cybersecurity and to avoid cybercriminals intruding on your business data, you'll require an efficient and experienced operations team. To stay up to date with the regulatory aspects, your compliance operation experts should remain updated. Having such a team itself defeats the concept of NoOps.
- Smooth Business Intelligence: To have a smooth business Intelligence system without any hindrances, you must have precise data gathering, storage, and analysis procedures. These can be automated. However, you need efficient operations experts to comprehend the data and make decisions regarding further steps.
- NoOps is not a Universal Solution: You can just integrate NoOps for an existing platform, especially for the monolithic legacy apps. The future can witness technologies that won't be compatible with NoOps.
Also Read: DevOps vs. CloudOps: What's the Difference?
Many apps can easily be deployed on PaaS (Platform as a Service), but not all apps fall in this category. If your app is simple, PaaS is the best solution, and DevOps guys would not have to work much in that case. However, if you are launching something like the next Mega Netflix, you must be in greater control.
In summary, both DevOps and NoOps have originated from a common need to build smart infrastructure with minimal maintenance efforts that would automate every single aspect. NoOps is nothing supreme, and its relevance can vary from case to case. It is just a fleeting buzzword in the world of cloud transformation trends. Both DevOps and NoOps are relevant in their own ways.