There are a few key practices that help Alpha Net innovate faster through automating and streamlining the software development and infrastructure management processes. Most of these practices are accomplished with proper tooling.

Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery

Continuous integration in Alpha Net is a software development practice where developers regularly merge their code changes into a central repository, after which automated builds and tests are run. The key goals of continuous integration are to find and address bugs quicker, improve software quality, and reduce the time it takes to validate and release new software updates. Here at Alpha Net, Continuous delivery is a software development practice where code changes are automatically built, tested, and prepared for a release to production. It expands upon continuous integration by deploying all code changes to a testing environment and/or a production environment after the build stage. When continuous delivery is implemented properly, developers will always have a deployment-ready build artifact that has passed through a standardized Alpha Net Test process

Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as code is a practice in which infrastructure is provisioned and managed using code and software development techniques, such as version control and continuous integration. The cloud’s API-driven model enables developers and system administrators to interact with infrastructure programmatically, and at scale, instead of needing to manually set up and configure resources. Thus, our engineers can interface with infrastructure using.

Monitoring and Logging

We, at Alpha Net, monitor metrics and logs to see how application and infrastructure performance impacts the experience of their product’s end user. By capturing, categorizing, and then analyzing data and logs generated by applications and infrastructure, our engineers understand how changes or updates impact users, shedding insights into the root causes of problems or unexpected changes. Active monitoring is increasingly important as services, as well, and must be available 24/7 as application and

infrastructure update frequency increases. Creating alerts or performing real-time analysis of this data also helps us to more proactively monitor our services.

Communication and Collaboration

Increased communication and collaboration in Alpha Net is one of the key cultural aspects of DevOps. The use of DevOps tooling and automation of the software delivery process establishes collaboration by physically bringing together the workflows and responsibilities of development and operations. Building on top of that, our teams set strong cultural norms around information sharing and facilitating communication through the use of chat applications, issue or project tracking systems, and wikis. This helps speed up communication across our developers and operations, and even other teams like marketing or sales, allowing all parts of our organization to align more closely on projects and common goals.

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