With the rise of platform engineering concepts, independent DevOps toolchains used by enterprises are gradually evolving into more advanced and convenient DevOps platforms. Gartner released its first Magic Quadrant for DevOps Platforms. In this highly anticipated report, Alauda named as a Honorable Mention in this report, and Alauda is also the only one Chinese company mentioned in this report.
DevOps platforms provide comprehensive toolchain capabilities needed by various organizations. According to Gartner, “Software engineering leaders should evaluate DevOps platforms as a means to accelerate delivery of customer value”. Gartner is also saying in the report, “In 2020 and 2021, Gartner published a Market Guide for Value Stream Delivery Platforms. In response to growing client demand for a more thorough evaluation of this market, we have created this Magic Quadrant for DevOps Platforms to replace the Market Guide.”
We believe it is worth mentioning that, in addition to public cloud vendors and traditional DevOps vendors, leading global cloud-native companies are also emerged in the report, marking the significance of cloud-native as a core technology for building the next-generation DevOps platform.
DevOps Platform: The Best Path to Implementing DevOps
According to Gartner's definition, “DevOps platforms as those that provide fully integrated capabilities to enable continuous delivery of software using Agile and DevOps practices. These capabilities run the gamut of the software development life cycle (SDLC) and include product planning, version control, continuous integration, test automation, continuous deployment, release orchestration, automating security and compliance policies, monitoring, and observability. DevOps platforms support team collaboration, secure software development and measurement of software delivery metrics.
DevOps platforms simplify creation, maintenance and management of the components required for delivery of modern software applications. The prebuilt integration between different components of the platform reduces cognitive load and leads to improved visibility, auditability and traceability into the software development value stream. This end-to-end view encourages a systems thinking mindset and accelerates feedback loops.
Organizations use DevOps platforms to minimize tool friction resulting from complex toolchains, manual handoffs and lack of consistent visibility throughout the SDLC. This enables product teams to deliver faster customer value without compromising quality. The DevOps platforms market reflects the consolidation of technologies across development, security, infrastructure and operations to streamline software delivery.”
DevOps platforms are widely used in agile development, mobile application development, edge computing, cloud-native application development, and platform engineering scenarios. Gartner predicts that " By 2027, 75% of organizations will have switched from multiple point solutions to DevOps platforms to streamline application delivery, up from 25% in 2023. “
Why was Alauda recognized?
Alauda's ACP DevOps is an open DevOps toolchain integration and orchestration platform based on Kubernetes. It follows the concept of platform engineering and can integrate any DevOps tools preferred and familiar to developers. It combines with ACP's multi-cloud container management platform to deploy and run applications in various runtime environments. ACP DevOps fully leverages the open and flexible features of the ACP platform and its automation capabilities, resulting in higher service quality, lower development and operations costs, and faster delivery.
We believe the inclusion of Alauda and other cloud-native platform vendors signifies that application-centric cloud-native DevOps platforms will increasingly become the primary choice for enterprises to enhance development efficiency and optimize delivery quality.
Key Advantages of ACP DevOps Platform:
Open toolchain integration and orchestration:
Different from other platforms, Alauda doesn't develop any new DevOps tools but rather flexibly integrates various excellent open-source and commercial DevOps tools, accommodating existing and future tool selections. It covers the complete lifecycle of application planning, requirements, design, development, testing, delivery and operations, linking the tools across various DevOps stages to form a comprehensive and open toolchain. Enterprises can easily build, deploy and manage cloud-native applications on the platform.
Tailored DevOps best practices for users:
With the pipeline capability of ACP DevOps platform, the DevOps teams of enterprises can formalize their own DevOps best practices and processes, providing convenient and standardized platform support for their application teams. ACP DevOps also includes dozens of pipeline templates to meet different user scenarios. Furthermore, Alauda's DevOps professional consultants can help enterprises streamline their DevOps processes and create end-to-end DevOps best practices.
Support for multi-cloud environment, avoiding vendor lock-in:
Alauda's ACP DevOps platform, together with the ACP container management platform, offers cross-cloud and multi-cluster management capabilities, comprehensively managing various private environments, Kubernetes clusters, and infrastructure on public clouds. It effectively addresses the challenges faced by customers when using hybrid and multi-cloud environments, providing unified DevOps tools and processes.
Perfect embodiment of platform engineering design principles:
ACP DevOps platform aligns with platform engineering principles and provide self-service development portals for application teams. It assists enterprise platform teams in standardizing best practices in a platform-oriented manner, reducing the learning curve for application teams on underlying infrastructure and tools while ensuring compliance with enterprise process standards, allowing them to focus on business innovation.
As of now, Alauda ACP platform has served over 500 top global enterprise clients, spanning multiple industries such as banking, securities, insurance, telecommunications, manufacturing and energy.
In the future, Alauda will continue to enhance ACP as a more available, high-performance and reliable enterprise cloud-native success platform, helping enterprise clients successfully achieve digital transformation.
Source : Gartner®, Magic Quadrant™ for DevOps Platforms, Manjunath Bhat et al., 5 June 2023
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