10 Top DevOps Tools for 2019

Brad Griffith February 12, 2019

DevOps Monitoring & Alerting
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DevOps is an agile and collaborative approach to the relationship between development and IT operations teams. A complete approach to DevOps takes five major processes into consideration: Communication, CI/CD, Configuration Management, Security and Monitoring & Alerting. It seems like new tools for each process hit the market all the time.

To help you refine your DevOps practices, we’ve identified ten of the most innovative DevOps tools in the market right now to comprise our list of the ten top DevOps tools for 2019.

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Communication

Slack

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Slack is one of the most widely used communications platforms in the tech sector, widely praised for its ease of use and mobile capabilities. Collaboration and transparency are the backbone of DevOps, and Slack is engineered to offer both in a flexible and easily integrated way. It’s often the most used tool in a DevOps arsenal.

One of the biggest DevOps advantages that Slack offers is the ability for developers and IT teams to collaborate with toolchains in the same environment in which they collaborate with team members. Most of our top tools can be integrated to post events within Slack for all to see, so you can get real-time responses from bots right alongside responses from co-workers.

You can even take Slack a step further with some more advanced Chatbot integrations that allow for users to interact with bots in a cognitive way. Chatbots can be trained to pull responses from the tech stack when asked contextual questions – no exact commands required.

Twilio

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Not all incidents can be resolved in chat. When teams need to get on the phone, Twilio offers outstanding live call routing features to get the right people talking, fast. Twilio’s Functions platform offers a serverless environment for building and running communication applications using lightweight, event-triggered pieces of code that run in the cloud. In addition to call routing, Twilio offers customizable SMS, video and chat features that developers use worldwide and provides broad transparency, useful for DevOps processes.

Twilio scales extremely well. If your team needs simple call routing, the platform can ensure an inbound call gets to the right responder. If your incident requires a phone tree, Twilio can escalate and re-route to teams. Inbound callers can be routed to a live call or to a voicemail as needed. And with their serverless environment, if your DevOps protocols change, you can easily adjust communications functionality without having to change any code.

CI/CD

GitHub

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As one of the most popular Git-based version control systems, GitHub allows software teams to easily collaborate when maintaining code change history and branch development. GitHub helps teams rapidly write and deploy code while informing others across the organization of code changes. DevOps teams can write code in sub-branches without affecting the master branch. Then, coupled with automatic testing, deeper visibility and code delivery functionality, teams can constantly deploy new features and services through the master branch while easily maintaining documentation.

Not only does GitHub allow teams to deploy quickly and reliably, but when something does go wrong, there’s a record of everything that changed. It allows you to easily rollback any deployments that cause service disruptions or errors. DevOps teams can quickly identify the issue and fix the code change that resulted in the incident, but also continue to write and deliver new code. For any DevOps team managing a CI/CD pipeline, GitHub is an essential tool for success.

Jenkins

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Jenkins is an awesome tool for DevOps engineers looking to automate builds and maintain a CI/CD pipeline. Jenkins easily integrates with Git source control repositories – like GitHub – and allows you easily fetch code, automate builds and constantly deploy new services. Jenkins is highly customizable through an extensive plugin environment and automation server system, allowing you to use it as a simple CI server or a CD hub for nearly an project.

Jenkins’s main feature, Pipeline, helps you set up and define a CI/CD pipeline across a wide array of software development and delivery applications and tools. This way, you can automate numerous tasks, builds, and tests across the entire SDLC – helping your team deliver value faster and focus on higher-priority objectives.

Configuration Management

Puppet

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Puppet allows DevOps teams to define and deploy changes for any device from nearly any location. As a top DevOps tools for configuration management, Puppet helps teams consistently maintain the reliability, performance and functionality of a system’s operations – providing the flexibility and speed required to continuously deliver new features. You can easily automate and manage the inspection, delivery, and operation of your cloud, on-premise and containerized applications and infrastructure with Puppet – ensuring state and consistency across all integrated systems

With the numerous Puppet products – Discovery, Enterprise, Pipelines, and Insights – you can create a full-fledged DevOps-focused system for configuration management. From end-to-end, Puppet allows DevOps teams to optimize and maintain infrastructure and applications to drive speed, reliability and visibility across the entire SDLC.

Chef

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DevOps can sometimes struggle with configuring a large and often changing number of virtual machines, loading them with software and keeping them up and running. Chef allows DevOps engineers to view configuration management as a competitive advantage instead of a potential pitfall.

Chef Automate uses Chef, Habitat and InSpec to enable cross-departmental automation at every level, from legacy systems to cloud. They provide a common language and standardized environment to manage configurations across development, deployment and compliance. No matter how hairy your configurations get, you know that Chef has your back with a dynamic, stable environment.

Chef lets developers and engineers use the same tools and processes they work with on their applications in their testing environments as well. By turning configurations into code, infrastructure changes can move at the same speed as application deployment.

Security

Phantom

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DevOps teams need to incorporate security operations early into the software delivery lifecycle. Splunk Phantom is an essential security orchestration and automation tool for DevOps teams looking to work smarter, respond to security incidents faster, and build more defensible infrastructure. By combining playbook automation, case management and security infrastructure automation alongside other integrated IT and DevOps tools, teams can rapidly deploy and maintain secure systems.

Phantom Mission Control helps you centralize collaboration tools with event and case management functionality to efficiently track down security threats and rapidly manage incident response. Via a simple visual editor, you can leverage security action automation with Phantom Playbooks. Phantom is a DevOps go-to tool for teams looking to quickly execute security actions such as file detonation, device quarantine and incident collaboration – all in one place.

Threat Stack

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Threat Stack is a cloud-optimized monitoring and security solution. Threat Stack helps DevOps teams create observability into highly integrated infrastructure, applications, and workloads in order to quickly detect, diagnose and act on security incidents. Teams migrating services to the cloud or moving workloads to containers will heavily benefit from Threat Stack’s intrusion detection. Threat Stack continuously monitors for security anomalies and assesses risk for potential threats – empowering security and operations teams to better manage risk and compliance across their entire stack.

The aggregation of the infrastructure control plane, host, container, and orchestration layer information helps teams detect abnormal behavior before a security threat becomes a security breach. Because Threat Stack works across so many different technologies, it’s built for nearly any team operating multiple types of infrastructures. With Threat Stack in your DevOps toolchain, you can balance speed, reliability and security within one streamlined workflow.

Monitoring and Alerting

Splunk

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One of the primary challenges DevOps faces is pairing increasingly fast release cycles with an ever-higher quality of releases. This requires a holistic understanding not only of the quality of the application itself but also of the delivery pipeline. Splunk ITSI lets DevOps engineers monitor high-level health metrics and uses machine learning to help predict outages and release issues before they happen.

Splunk gives DevOps engineers a ton of insight into their data. Their platform spans silos to collect and analyze performance metrics on usage and availability and gives developers the tools they need to optimize for reduced MTTR, increased quality and reduced cost.

Splunk’s predictive monitoring capabilities place DevOps in an important business role as well, alongside other revenue generating teams. With the right monitoring data, DevOps teams can understand the business impact of their applications, find where they can deliver value and double down.

VictorOps

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As releases become more frequent and applications more complex, websites run the risk of breaking more frequently. In today’s hyper-competitive tech environment, downtime is deadly. Not only does downtime cost money in lost revenue, but it also can hurt business reputation and drag on internal morale. VictorOps is your key to reducing MTTA and MTTR when problems arise (and they will). We’re a full stack alerting tool with one goal: make on-call suck less.

When your monitoring tools alert to an outage, VictorOps aligns log management, monitoring, chat tools and more in a single pane of glass to give a complete incident management view. When it comes time to fight fires, context is key. We have the personalized on-call escalation capabilities to get the right outage information to the right teams quickly. We integrate with all of the tools in our top ten of 2019 list, as well as hundreds of other major players in the DevOps space. Plus, our mobile app frees developers and engineers from being chained to their laptops when on-call.

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