Azure CI/CD Dev OPS pipeline integration and Automation

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Building CI/CD Pipeline with the azure dev ops

Every single change to your software goes through a complex change process on its way to being released. That particular process involves building the software, followed by the progress of these builds through various stages of testing and deployment. This process alone requires great collaboration between individuals and perhaps many teams. In current scenario, DevOps is being considered as the most efficient and effective method for software development.

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With the hike of DevOps, has come the new methods of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) and Continuous Deployment. The two pillars of successful DevOps practice are Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD). Traditional software development and delivery methods are swiftly becoming outdated. Historically, in the agile era, most companies would deploy software in monthly, quarterly or annual releases. But now in the DevOps age, weekly, daily or even multiple times in a day is the trend. Software as a Service (SaaS) is taking over the world where user can easily update applications within minutes. Sometimes users won’t even realize that things have changed or are changing in their software.

Software development teams have now started adjusting to the condensed delivery cycles by adopting automation across their software delivery pipeline. Everything is done so smoothly without any interruptions in a trice. In today’s article we’ll touch upon CI/CD/CD pipeline and DevOps – What are these terms? And how do they manage to help in meeting the increasing demands of the software product industry? Let’s find out !

Biztechnosys Genneve CI CD Pipeline Project

Biztechnosys has already worked on a CI CD Pipeline project for Genneve and successfully prepared a document explaining CI CD Pipeline configurations done for Genneve project. In that project we discussed about two different pipelines under release pipeline -

  1. For the Staging Environment deployed in a Staging Server VM
  2. For the Staging PaaS Environment created for PaaS configuration

For the VM pipeline to be configured, we need the VM to be deductible by the azure devOps. To make the VM available for the devOps, we created a deployment group for the VM. For doing the deployment in PaaS, we used the Azure App Service Deploy template. Ideally, we do the deployment in both CM and CD. But in this particular project of Genneve we did the PaaS build deployment on the CD app only and for CM app the unicorn sync was done. Thus, we created two different ways of deployment release pipelines pointed to the same CI build pipeline. Anyone can be chossen for the Continuous Deployment.

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Continuous Integration(CI)

Continuous Integration focuses on merging the work copies of individual developers together into a repository. Often, this task is done several times a day - perhaps as many as tens of times per day with a primary objective to enable early detection of integration bugs, which will eventually result in cohesion and enhanced development collaboration.

The aim of Continuous Integration is to filter integration into a simple, easily-repeatable everyday development task that will serve to reduce overall build costs and reveal defects early in the cycle. CI prevents integration problems often called as “Integration Hell” in early descriptions of XP.

Continuous Delivery (CD)

Continuous Delivery is an addition of Continuous Integration, in which the software delivery process is automated further to provide easy and seamless deployments into production at any time.

The motto of Continuous Delivery is to minimize the friction points that are intrinsic in the deployment or release processes. Generally, the execution involves automating each of the steps for build deployments such that a safe code release can be done in a trice.

Continuous Deployment(CD)

Continuous Deployment is an extension of Continuous Delivery so that the software build will automatically deploy if it clears all tests. In such a process, there is no need for a person to determine when and what moves into the production. Continuous Deployment is an intensified stage of automation, in which a build/deployment occurs spontaneously whenever a major change is made to the code.

The aim of Continuous Integration is to filter integration into a simple, easily-repeatable everyday development task that will serve to reduce overall build costs and reveal defects early in the cycle. CI prevents integration problems often called as “Integration Hell” in early descriptions of XP.

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