What is DevOps, and why is it important?
Like many concepts, there is no official definition of what DevOps includes. A classic definition would be that DevOps is a set of best practices and ideas that combines software development tools, methods and software operations to improve the efficiency of all processes.
However, such a definition does not provide a full overview of the value that DevOps implementation can bring.
Despite of what many think, DevOps is not a set of technologies but rather a combination of best practices, a philosophy of how to streamline the development process so that user requirements are included in applications as quickly as securely as possible.
On the other hand, some think of DevOps as a kind of evolution of Agile software development since its principles fit perfectly with this project management methodology, in the sense that both seek to deliver value quickly and efficiently, breaking down the barriers that separate to development and operations teams.
These definitions (and many others) only demonstrate that DevOps principles are inclusive and versatile enough to adapt and even complement other methods and technologies that pursue common goals. Fortunately, one of the technologies that benefit the most from these principles is cloud computing.