10 Open Source Tools for DevOps

Posted September 6, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey

To be sure, the list of open source tools for DevOps is growing. Why? Because DevOps itself is growing, and open source is a natural choice for this development methodology.

First coined around 2009, the term DevOps refers to an approach to IT that emphasizes collaboration between the development and operations groups. It arose out of the agile software development movement and applies some of the same principles to the application lifecycle management (ALM) process. DevOps is difficult to define because it's more of a movement or a philosophy than a rigid set of rules or practices. Organizations that employ DevOps are characterized by a high degree of cooperation, few internal "siloes," heavy use of automation, continuous testing and integration, and faster development and deployment of applications.

In the time since DevOps was first imagined, its popularity has increased tremendously. In fact, a RightScale survey found that 74 percent of organizations and 81 percent of enterprises say they are using DevOps.

In order to support DevOps, organizations generally deploy a number of different tools, and many of the top DevOps tools are available under open source licenses. This slideshow looks at ten that are particularly popular or interesting. Many of them automate the process of deploying or managing infrastructure, which is one of the key ingredients to a successful DevOps implementation. All are open source and worth checking out if your organization is interested in DevOps.

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