Common questions when considering PWSLab

DevOps FAQ’S – your most common questions answered.

DevOps only applies to the technical guys in IT department, doesn't it?

Although DevOps implementation is frequently owned by the IT department, its culture must be embraced company-wide. For businesses to be competitive and take full advantage of DevOps benefits, the CEO, the heads of department, and the development and operations teams must all collaborate.

Our management doesn't really understand or support DevOps. What can I do?

One of the greatest threats to DevOps implementation is a misunderstanding. If key-decision makers do not have a broad appreciation of the subject, it can prove difficult to implement an end-to-end solution. To help managers understand, it’s important that a business approach is taken – simply providing information about DevOps tools is not enough. Better to adopt the mindset of the manager, focus on the business benefits, and really drill home the value of an end-to-end solution.

We are using JIRA (and/or Maven, Jenkins, etc) so we are already doing DevOps – aren't we?

DevOps spans all stages of the development lifecycle. While there are useful tools available (such as Maven, Jenkins, and GitHub) that can help support a DevOps environment, increase time-to-market, and create cost-savings, these tools themselves are purely focussed on development and not operations.

We are using Puppet (and/or Ansible, Docker, etc) so we are already doing DevOps – aren't we?

As above, for a solution to be called DevOps it must be implemented throughout all stages of the development lifecycle. Using tools like Chef, Puppet, and Ansible, which support IT infrastructure provisioning and configuration activities, is valuable. But they are limited to the operations side of the project and have limited impact on development.

We are a small organization – surely DevOps isn't cost effective for us?

It is a commonly held myth that smaller organizations cannot afford to implement DevOps. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it is often more beneficial for smaller organizations to adopt a DevOps solution as it enables them to be more competitive and scale up easily as they grow. What’s more, DevOps doesn’t require any complex or large investments, so cost-effectiveness is not an issue.

DevOps is an interesting concept – but surely there is simply no way to attain it.

The misconception that ‘true DevOps’ is unattainable is a frequently held myth. DevOps is an achievable reality which provides numerous benefits and can act as the catalyst to accelerate your organization’s digital transformation journey and drive cloud adoption forward.

We don't use agile – so why would we need DevOps?

Although DevOps and agile are terms frequently used together, they are not synonymous. DevOps processes can complement agile development, but DevOps is not reliant on agile and can support a range of operation models.

The key distinction between agile and DevOps is that agile is a method of software delivery, whereas DevOps refers to a culture that, when adopted, results in many business benefits.

DevOps doesn't support our legacy infrastructure –so why would it be on the roadmap for our new cloud-native apps programme?

DevOps is often regarded as a modern concept that helps forward-thinking businesses innovate. Although this is true, it can also help those organizations with long-established, standard IT practices and infrastructure in place. In fact, with legacy applications, there are usually big advantages to DevOps adoption. Appropriate DevOps software can blend the stability of legacy systems with the agility of new software releases to create a fast yet reliable application distribution service.

Questions regarding PWSLab

What does PWSLab mean?

PWSLab stands for PeerXP Web Services that handles the complete DevOps cycle (from design to deployment) of an organization.

Do you offer a solution for migrating data from GitHub, Bitbucket, SVN to PWSLab?

  • Import from Bitbucket, GitHub, anywhere
  • Want to start using PWSLab? You can easily import your repositories from Bitbucket, GitHub, Gitorious, or anywhere else, all in batch!
  • Migrating SVN to PWSLab – Contact Us

Does PWSLab supports groups of users?

PWSLab does support user groups which allow you to group projects into directories and give users access to several projects at once.

Does PWSLab provide a way to block project creation for certain users?

PWSLab admins can set a project limit for each user. If the limit is set to 0 the user cannot create any projects.

Which public cloud providers does PWSLab support?

PWSLab currently supports the following public cloud providers:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google Cloud
  • Digital Ocean
  • On-site installation

How are customers using PWSLab?

Our customers are using PWSLab in several innovative ways. Here are some examples:

  • Deploying and managing applications on one or more clouds
  • Gaining agility in dev-test, by deploying and operating existing traditionally architected application in containers.
  • Speeding up the software development process by providing self-service automated operations to their development teams.
  • Saving costs by running multiple applications on fewer cloud instances, and automating the scale-up and scale-down of cloud instances.
  • Creating an automated DevOps pipeline for continuous delivery of software.

Do blocked users count towards total user count?

No, only active users count towards total user count.

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