Revolutionizing Software Development With Cloud-Native DevSecOps

Cloud-native DevSecOps integrates the principles of DevSecOps—emphasizing security within the DevOps cycle—with cloud-native technologies for applications built using containers and microservices, enhancing application lifecycle management (ALM), development efficiency and security. These methodologies have significantly transformed the landscape of software development and release lifecycle, presenting a streamlined approach to overcome traditional challenges. This approach is crucial, especially when the objective is to achieve rapid and frequent development cycles.

How it Works

At the core of this transformation is the implementation of robust governance mechanisms within a cloud-native environment. The goal of implementing DevSecOps should extend beyond using containerization technologies, such as deployment of applications, data, machine learning and generative AI across both cloud-native and multi-cloud environments. By standardizing roles and permissions, we can significantly reduce the chance of errors and inconsistencies during code movement, leading to a more managed and regulated process. This minimizes the risk of release failures due to code mismanagement. It allows users to assign and track work items, making it easy to monitor sprint work daily and produce metrics for the project’s build and release status. Users can generate reports within the tool itself, which highlight the project’s progress and any issues or delays, eliminating the need for manual tracking with spreadsheets. These reports can be shared with clients to ensure transparency and keep them fully informed on the project’s status.

What Does the Process Look Like?

The cloud-native approach under the DevSecOps model enhances the integration of security scans, including containers, and as part of build pipelines and test automation for testing the code. By automating and streamlining all pipelines using pipeline-as-code for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices, development teams can incorporate authorization checkpoints and policies at crucial stages. This not only secures the release process but also ensures that only approved and validated code progresses through the pipeline, thereby reducing the potential for deployment failures.

One of the perennial challenges in software development is the inadequate tracking of releases, dependencies and processes. Here, DevSecOps and cloud-native architectures offer a solution by providing robust tools for monitoring and managing cloud platform resources. This improves oversight and enables teams to effectively track the entire release process, better identify issues, and reduce delivery disruptions caused by overlooked dependencies or poorly managed processes.

DevSecOps cloud-native practices extend to infrastructure automation, addressing the challenges of manual deployment processes that are prone to errors and delays. Through infrastructure-as-code (IaC) tools, infrastructure components such as servers, networks and storage can be provisioned and configured programmatically. This not only ensures a consistent and reliable deployment of infrastructure but also accelerates the delivery of applications, enhancing efficiency and reducing the risk associated with manual infrastructure management.

Impact of DevSecOps

Organizations report a significant improvement in the software development and release processes, marked by high availability, lower cost of ownership, enhanced security, and increased productivity across regions. Notably, there is an 85% reduction in unforeseen deployment failures, an 80% reduction in manual effort, and a 75% faster time to market, according to statistics from ITC Infotech research. These figures emphasize the efficacy of cloud-native DevSecOps in addressing customer challenges such as release failures, unclear roles and responsibilities, unauthorized code deployments and the time-consuming creation of reliable pipelines.

An agile DevSecOps approach that addresses challenges typically focuses on leveraging cloud solutions for quicker issue resolution, designing for scalability and efficiency with cloud-native technologies and implementing comprehensive security measures. This approach shows the significance of CI/CD, using infrastructure-as-code, prioritizing business needs and automating processes wherever possible. It also encourages cross-functional collaboration, strategic branching practices, development and release strategies and employing pipeline-as-code to monitor delivery and enhance revenue generation.

The transition to DevSecOps cloud-native practices represents a significant leap forward in the way organizations develop and deploy software. By embracing these methodologies, businesses can navigate the complexities of the digital landscape with greater agility, security and efficiency, ensuring that they remain competitive in an ever-changing market.

Swetha Yalamanchili

Swetha Yalamanchili is the Head of DevOps at ITC Infotech, specializing in multi cloud services for Data, ML, GenAI and strategic initiatives for digital transformation and innovation. She is skilled in assessing and designing the migration of legacy applications to cloud platforms. Swetha has a broad experience across industries like retail, hospitality, insurance, gaming, and transportation, focusing on architecting solutions that enhance efficiency and innovation. Swetha is an ISB certified Chief Digital Officer, an AWS Enterprise Architect and a Microsoft Azure Solutions Expert.

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