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Jul 22 2015   9:10AM GMT

A DevOps periodic table of elements

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater


Oh goodness, not more DevOps spin is it?

A DevOps periodic table of elements?

Surely this can’t be anything more than another case of DevOps-washing i.e. contrived puff and fluff from a ‘tangential vendor’ sitting not that close to the core tasks of DevOps who wants to sneak up to the general level of industry comment.

In this case the ‘table’ as it is comes from XebiaLabs, a company that specialises in Continuous Delivery and DevOps tools.

Unlike other players hurriedly jumping onto the DevOps bandwagon, XebiaLabs claims to have been an active participant in the DevOps community since the ‘early stages’.

According to the firm, “XebiaLabs’ solutions include open, integrated tooling all the way across development, QA and Operations, helping globally distributed teams build a shared, accurate picture of all the systems they are building and running. Replace handover moments with shared visibility and responsibility for the entire system lifecycle, and empower team members through simple self-service options.”

In fairness, XebiaLabs does indeed do real DevOps.

You know what they say, if your DevOps capability toolset doesn’t include quantifiable tasks metrics and call stack analysis technology, then it’s probably spin, puff and fluff.

The table


What XebiaLabs has done is kind of interesting, it has grouped ‘elements of DevOps’ into categories and then provides colour-coded links to descriptive web pages which explain where they fall in the total DevOps process.

Categories INSIDE DevOps as noted here include:

  • Database
  • Continuous Integration
  • Deployment
  • Cloud / IaaS / PaaS
  • BI/Monitoring
  • Software Change Management
  • Repository Management
  • Configuration and Processing
  • Release Management
  • Logging (log management)
  • Build
  • Testing
  • Containerisation
  • Collaboration
  • Security

A link to a fully interactive full page version of the table is included here for your enjoyment.

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