DevOps has grown in popularity over the last few years as companies continue to realize the advantages of unifying development and operations teams. The DevOps methodology aims at improving workflow and productivity by combining the efforts of operations people and developers. When both groups work together to solve problems, they’re able to deliver software features and updates more frequently and reliably.
We successfully completed the Probo Docker Images Restructure with minimal customer issues. The issues that have surfaced have workarounds in place for now. We'll be addressing any of the bugs we've encountered since the launch of the image restructure in the coming weeks when we release our Probo Beta Images.
We wanted to write a followup to our original post with some important details about the Probo Image Restructure. Several customers have already provided valuable feedback about our original plans and others are asking questions about the overall transition process. We want to ensure the least amount of confusion, issues, and downtime for our customers during this transition. Hopefully this post clears up some of the questions or concerns any of you may have.
As Zivtech’s Marketing Manager, I’m by far not the most technical member of our staff. Since the developers see our website from a different perspective than I do, it’s sometimes challenging to communicate the changes that the marketing team would like to see. I can explain an idea, but I won’t necessarily know how it will look once it’s executed. This is where Probo comes in.
Probo uses pre-built Docker images to power the docker containers that run each Probo build. These Probo Docker images were previously provisioned using Puppet, which is a tool we’ve used at Zivtech for server provisioning for a long time. Over the last year, we switched to using Ansible to provision these images, which was a fairly smooth transition after we figured out the new Ansible syntax. Overall, Ansible has made our Probo image builder code cleaner and easier to manage.
Have you been meaning to give Probo a spin but haven't had a chance? We created this five minute exercise (seriously, we timed it) for you to see your first build in action:
Agile development was built on the idea that the development process should be collaborative. Cross-functional teams should work together to produce high quality results that are flexible to change. The agile development manifesto values individuals and interactions over processes and tools, so any tools used in the process should make it easier for individuals to work together.