How to Leverage DevOps for IT Cost Optimization

Why should you turn to DevOps to reduce costs and streamline operations?

  1. Business processes automation increases enterprise-wide operational efficiency and resiliency.
  2. DevOps cycle itself essentially decreases costs by reducing engineers’ manual work and shortens time to market. It enables your teams to build, test, and deploy faster and with fewer errors.
  3. Fine-tuned CI/CD pipelines reduce redundancy for your teams and make your business more agile and flexible.
  4. Automated cloud infrastructures allow achieving sustainable cost reduction by optimizing the usage of cloud resources. With a cloud-native architecture, you can scale up and down cloud consumption on-demand.
  5. You can leverage DevOps as a Service (Managed DevOps) outsourcing model. It helps automate delivery processes, create cloud environments, improve team collaboration and productivity while paying far less than when doing it all in-house.

How DevOps Optimizes IT Costs

#1 Automate everything you can — CI/CD, business processes, and infrastructure

#2 Don’t neglect third-party services and software

#3 Optimize tools and resources

  • Analyzing the consumption of subscription-based services and their relevance;
  • Using discounts from a service provider;
  • Setting automatic hibernation/system shutdown for machines you don’t need running 24/7;
  • Choosing the right type of instance for cloud resources and deleting underused instances;
  • Moving the occasionally used storage to cheaper tiers;
  • Implementing alerts for when spend thresholds exceed the pre-established limit;
  • Checking up if hosting in a different region/zone can benefit your project.

#4 Containerize your applications

#5 DevSecOps — cover your security gaps

#6 Try out DevOps as a Service

Four actions to take to start optimizing your IT costs with DevOps

  1. Audit your processes, business goals, and resources to get a clear picture of what you’re using and what your operating expenses are. Then, initiate business impact analysis to discover the bottlenecks and map out the risk scenarios, seasonal lows and highs.
  2. Create a plan for your optimization journey and risk mitigation — define the problematic areas and the ways to improve them with the DevOps practices.
  3. Implement the changes and adapt your architecture. Assess your new capabilities and monitor your new stream of IT costs to see if the planning was successful and if there are any gaps you overlooked.
  4. Continue improving your optimization cycle — look for new services and tools that will help you reduce expenses even more while maintaining your infrastructure’s highest productivity.

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