Questions & answers and audio interview by Outlook Series on Kovair Intelligent DevOps
Key Highlights of Kovair DevOps
- Supports cross-platform installation
- Supports multiple databases – Maria DB, SQL Server and Oracle fitting into the needs of organizations of all size
- Offers Task-Based pipeline supporting parallel tasks, stages of release and execution of one pipeline from another
- Supports distributed builds with multiple agents
- Supports shells and Windows command execution in pre-build steps
- Allows to manage pipeline execution from e-mail
- Supports notification on the build status
- Support Manual task for Approval at different stages
- Provides complete insight into release progress & process efficiency through real-time reports & dashboards
- Allows to do a continuous assessment of DevOps implementation through DORA metrics
Kovair DevOps Feature Map
Q 1. Welcome Akshay and Amit, Akshay, as the new CTO for Kovair, what is new with this Kovair Intelligent DevOps release?
Ans: Thanks Michael, with this new release which Amit Dasgupta who heads Product Management will describe in greater detail shortly, in a nutshell, this new release eliminates the need to switch to 3rd party tools for DevOps CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous delivery), it allows for WFH: work from home support with remote management via dashboards showing all the process metrics and statuses to be visualized in real-time, and provides remote control of workflow pipelines via email, with role-based policy controls, it supports multiple databases from SQL Server, Oracle, and MariaDB, across hybrid multi-clouds, and Kovair’s Workflow Process Engine is unique with Task-based models which supports concurrency, which is more representative of real-world teams as teams are likely working on multiple tasks concurrently.
Amit can add further details…Thanks…
Thanks Akshay for the brief introduction about Kovair DevOps. This new release of Intelligent DevOps brings in completely new dimension to the offering of Kovair DevOps with some unique and enriched capabilities like
- Providing email-based control of CI/CD pipeline facilitating users working from home to build, Manage & Monitor releases for better control & transparency.
- Allowing End-to-End pipeline orchestration without scripting. Provides facility to configure a combination of manual and automation tasks.
- Facilitating organizations to leverage the benefits of the Pay as You Go savings model of cloud usage
- Bringing all tools, processes and teams involved in the delivery process together in conjunction with Kovair Omnibus giving a complete control over the value stream.
- Allowing organizations to measure and optimize DevOps performance to maximize ROI through DORA as well as custom reports. Provides real-time reports and dashboards enabling continuous improvement by analyzing activities, spotting bottlenecks, and predicting risk in tasks and releases. Orchestrate all tools across the delivery pipeline and collect data from across your pipeline providing complete transparency to what’s happening, and build a solid foundation for automated governance.
Q 2. A year ago, Akshay we discussed Kovair’s Concurrent Multi-modal IT with DevOps, what is it, and is that approach still supported?
Ans: Yes, Michael. Gartner defined BiModal IT almost a decade ago describing Mode 1 legacy ALM (Applications Lifecycle Management) with the classic waterfall model and mode 2 with an Agile, DevOps model of development and test…with separation of teams, separation of goals, metrics, and business outcomes… Since most technology-based firms will typically have both legacy Applications mostly on-prem and newer Cloud-based systems using DevOps as well, the Bi-Modal approach is to divide and conquer !
Kovair is unique as Kovair supports Concurrent Multi-modal IT whereby common tools, common architectures and common teams can cohesively collaborate, as Kovair supports both legacy ALM and newer DevOPs development, with common metrics, common data lakes, common APIs, common platforms, common business goals… the DevOPs folks benefit from quality test and measurement approaches from the ALM teams, and the ALM teams learn from Agile approaches…hopefully leading to better optimal deployments, and more team synergies, and ideally this all one team!
With this new release, and the Concurrent Task-based Workflow Engine, it’s graphically shown where some teams can work on legacy ALM systems concurrently while other teams can work on DevOps systems, and how in the workflow these systems come together.
Perhaps Amit can describe how with this new release Kovair Intelligent DevOps in conjunction with Kovair Omnibus supports this concept of concurrent Multi-modal IT
Before getting into how Kovair supports concurrent multi-modal IT, let me give a brief about Kovair Omnibus the integration platform from Kovair. Kovair Omnibus is proprietary Enterprise Service Bus from Kovair which currently provides integration with more than 100 tools spanning across various phases of ALM, PLM, PPM, ERP, CRM and many more.
Kovair DevOps when used in combination with Kovair Omnibus, integrates tools & projects getting managed across various platforms like Windows, Linux, Kubernetes cluster or any cloud instance like Azure, AWS, Google cloud, etc, different technologies like Java, .NET, Python, Microservices as well as different methodologies like Agile, waterfall and hybrid.
Q 3. Akshay, What is Kubernetes and how does Kovair fit in?
Ans: Kubernetes from Google is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. It aims to provide a “platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts”. It works with a range of container tools, including Docker. Many cloud service providers offer a Kubernetes-based platform or infrastructure as a service (PaaS or IaaS) on which Kubernetes can be deployed as a platform-providing service.
- Essential features in Kubernetes:
- Interacts with several groups of containers
- Automates various manual processes
- Runs everywhere
- Provides Storage orchestration
- Supports Horizontal scaling
- Facilitates Container load balancing
- Automates rollouts and rollbacks
These are supported within Kovair’s toolset, including plug-ins for Microservices and Docker support, which can all be managed from the Kovair Process Workflow Engine, with status reporting in dashboards, role-based controls on who can launch the CI/CD deployments, with Work-From-Home controls.
Amit can describe the typical benefits of Kovair’s solution he has seen using this new approach.
In this release, we have also introduced the plugin for Kubernetes. With this plugin, users will be able to perform different operations like execution of generic commands, deploy & delete files, create namespaces as well as create delete and track jobs in Kubernetes cluster.
Q 4. How does Kovair’s Omnibus platform play a role in this release?
Ans: Kovair’s Omnibus platform supports all of the new DevOps Kubernetes solutions, by having a common software bus platform to over 100 3rd-party solutions, shared data lake offerings, supporting shared analytics, an API platform supporting REST interfaces along with Connectors to businesses own systems as well, leads to more collaboration between legacy ALM development and Agile DevOPs development, enabling this transition.
Soon we will see Kovair’s Omnibus act more and more as an Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service.
Amit can describe the typical benefits of Kovair’s Omnibus solution he has seen using this new approach.
In general, when we analyze any DevOps tool vendor, we see that generally they provide a complete automation from code check-in to deployment. After this release of Kovair Intelligent DevOps, Kovair now with a combination of DevOps & Omnibus offers womb to tomb development, test, release and deployment cycles with full visibility as well as total control of the “Pipeline” both automatically and manually. Kovair Omnibus also makes the development and IT processes much more efficient, removes lot of manual data movements and enables management reporting and analytics through the Kovair Platform including if required the deployment of its Data Lake capabilities. This capability of complete visibility allows organizations to measure flow through software delivery value streams. It provides a realtime insight into certain facts like
- How much value did we deliver?
- Where are the bottlenecks or corrective actions required?
- How fast and efficient is the delivery process?
- Is the capacity enough to meet all demands?
- Are the project priorities in-line with the business goals?
Q 5. Could you help connect the dots between APIs, Data Lakes and Software Busses with legacy ALM and newer DevOps Kubernetes solutions for our audience?
Ans: With this new release, more hybrid, hyper-converged solutions can result whereby legacy ALM developers may integrate with newer cloud-based services, and vice versa. As enterprises digitally transform their business they likely will have a mixture of legacy services and newer cloud-based offerings, on-prem and hosted, and by leveraging platforms like Kovair, can lead to better sharing of data analytics, better integration to 3rd-party solutions like CRM providers, and in the future potentially to newer AI/ML providers leading more adaptive services…as well newer business models from the Service Oriented Architecture hopefully leading to a value-centered IT department as opposed to being a Cost Center !
In this new world, businesses need to transform themselves, looking at contact-less services, web-based, mobile-based, or newer ekiosks for taking orders, and delivering services. I am sure American Airlines wishes they kept the Sabre System for Travel bookings and Sabre’s customer-facing spinoffs of Expedia and Travelocity. As businesses look to digitally transform themselves, solutions from software vendors like Kovair will become more and more important.
Amit can describe the typical benefits of Kovair’s solution he has
seen using this new approach.
Kovair is one single vendor who provides all types of products to facilitate what Akshay just mentioned. Kovair offers an ALM & PPM product, an integration bus-Omnibus which is connected to more than 100 tools including integrations with major PLM vendors like Siemens TeamCenter, Aras Innovator and PTC Windchill, Data Lake for centralized data store that can be hooked with any BI tool. With all these capabilities, Kovair plays an important role in the digital transformation journey of any organization. Kovair is well positioned to support enterprise smart connected products development needs enabling Model Based Systems Enterprise as Kovair can bi-directionally connect multiple enterprise tools like ALM-PLM, Systems modeling tools to PLM, PLM-ERP and PLM-PLM thus offering a powerful proposition by enabling Model Based Systems Engineering approach in Smart Connected Product Development.
Q 6. How would you advise organizations seeking to arrive at a new DevOps and Kubernetes mindset?
Ans: first the organizations need to come together with common goals, common business metrics, common training on common platforms. And by breaking down the silos and learning by doing, it all comes together. Kovair’s Intelligent DevOps solution can be a key enabler for this transition.
Championing from a legacy Lifecycle Process-based world to a newer Real-time Event-Driven world, where newer MicroServices are opened up, and newer services are provided.
thirdly, Forming teams with an Adaptive and DevOps-style Deployment Architecture with re-training of folks as needed on the legacy systems, but also bringing the next-gen folks to become aware of the legacy platforms, tools, and Q/A processes as well,
fourthly, Establishing next-gen Orchestration Frameworks for Services and Infrastructure using API Middleware, Agile developments tools, newer Software Bus middleware with adaptors to 3rd-party systems, with Real-time Diagnostics and Analytics, Test and Measurement metrics, that have business outcomes, with common business goals and rewards to drive change. In this new world, with role-based work-from-home development, managers can view dashboards of process status in real-time, and control the development release pipelines using email.
Finally automating feedback loops with Closed Loop Automation, AI/ML or Algorithmic solutions eventually to tune the services as needed. With Kovair’s Omnibus integrated solution to APM: Applications Performance Management solutions, or to Trouble Ticket systems, real-time feedback can occur within the process to improve the systems.
Perhaps Amit can describe the typical benefits of Kovair’s solution he has seen using this new approach.
Kovair do have integrations with different APM tools like AppDynamics, Dynatrace and New Relic as well as Robotic Process Automation tools like UiPath. Kovair is also establishing partnership with security tool providers like AppScan and Veracode. With all these integrations Kovair will allow organizations to achieve a closed loop automation covering the entire process from initiation of a release to its final deployment. Kovair with its integrations enables users to keep track of the execution status of an automated process, the associated jobs triggered following the execution and details about the jobs that are getting performed.
Q 7. When it comes to transitioning from legacy systems to newer DevOps based systems, what type of approach should be leveraged?
Ans: multiple approaches exist. From virtualization of the legacy solutions and taking it to the cloud, where vendors in the Micro-services/Virtualization space provide solutions, making it more Agile, leveraging common API solutions from vendors, leveraging software bus solutions, common data lakes, and common platforms… Kovair’s Omnibus platform, and Kovair’s REST API’s, can help in this transition making it more seamless…
Q 8. How about some next steps for CIOs?
Ans: Retiring the old siloed thinking of the past would be step 1, transitioning the teams to common goals, metrics, tools and platforms would be step 2, and leveraging the best of both worlds in each of the solutions and services deployed from legacy to next-gen… eventually figuring out if any of these can be offered as a service, leveraging SOA principles to not only internal groups but externally to transform from a cost center to a value center, and finally figuring out how to automatically adapt or tune the services with real-time metrics can be truly transformative!
With newer Open API’s that can be managed with security and resiliency in mind, using Kovair’s Omnibus as an example which supports this, newer innovations can result.
Q 9. Which Kovair products can be leveraged for concurrent Multi-Modal IT with DevOps and Kubernetes?
Ans: All of the Kovair solutions can play a role in Concurrent Multi-Modal IT, and with DevOps and Kubernetes this involves Kovair’s Intelligent DevOps enterprise solution that simplifies and automates execution and monitoring of real-time metrics. The core engine orchestration is done by the Kovair Omnibus Platform and Jenkins CI/CD tool, or with Kovair’s own CI/CD toolset. With the help of out-of-the-box adapters designed and developed by Kovair, you can establish a deep integration with Cloud-based deployments.
Q 10. Would you like to add anything to our discussion before we wrap up for today?
Ans: Yes, these are challenging times now but with newer solutions, and newer thinking, hopefully this will all be alleviated with better solutions from platform providers like Kovair as we discussed. Hopefully the result is better harmony within IT teams, and better business outcomes…
Hopefully this leads to newer Microservices with newer Contactless Digital Transformation of businesses, and newer innovations.
Q 11. Where can our audience get more information on the new Kovair DevOps solution?
Ans: Kovair.com…would be the best place to start!