Accelerating the value of multicloud environments: A collaborative DevSecOps approach is critical
Integrated tooling from IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management helps eliminate silos and realize the promise of hybrid cloud for enterprises.
Cloud Native development is not so much about where you run your application, but more about how you develop it. It is an interesting moment in time for enterprise developers, as more emphasis shifts to application modernization and cloud native development. The responsibility is shifting to the application for critical success factors for hybrid cloud environments, including security, reliability, and manageability. I have found that these “interesting” challenges are best addressed by collaborative, cross-disciplinary DevSecOps teams that understand the entire software development lifecycle.
In this new environment, your role as developers is more demanding, and we all need better tools. You have increased responsibility for understanding and working directly with security engineers on governance and related management policies. You are being tasked with prioritizing service reliability, and the best practice is to address potential problems early in the application lifecycle. You also need to proactively detect and resolve potential issues with production environments before they have a negative business impact.
DevSecOps teams need integrated tooling that automates time-consuming, error-prone management tasks and delivers a consolidated view of resources, configurations, and applications. Teams must agree on the facts and use a single source of truth to proactively manage their hybrid cloud environments and address incidents in a timely, non-disruptive manner.
You won’t be disappointed if you check out what IBM and Red Hat have been working on in the multicloud, DevSecOps space. We understand the specific tooling requirements along with the overarching need to be open and flexible. IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management V2 delivers a set of open, pluggable tools that enable organizations to securely manage applications, no matter how they’re architected or where they’re deployed. With this latest solution, you can now collaborate with team members across security and operations to:
- Create, find, update, and deploy application resources across both VM and cloud native containerized environments — all on one console.
- Monitor application performance, such as availability and response time, regardless of where the application is deployed.
- Find the root cause of issues no matter how complex the hybrid microservices-based environment.
- Publish and check policy violations and vulnerabilities and get clear remediation suggestions.
Here are a few of the new features of V2 that I found useful and that you and the broader DevSecOps team will as well:
- ChatOps, a form of conversation-driven development, to address incidents and run actions and workflows by chatting in Slack.
- A declarative model to create Service Level Objectives (SLO) to measure and track reliability allowing developers to measure availability and performance as part of the development cycle (shifting left).
- Predictive insights that provide real-time performance analysis of your resources and that detect anomalies in the behavior of data using baselines created using machine learning.
- Global search to get a comprehensive list of resources from different sources, such as virtual machines and cluster resources, to facilitate diagnostic action and deploy changes.
Check out our IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management hub on IBM Developer for tutorials, articles, and more to get you started on establishing a collaborative DevSecOps approach.
Also, you can access video replays from the IBM Cloud Native Security conference to explore deeper topics around DevSecOps, application security, and data security.