Hiring DevOps engineers - tips & questions
DevOps is a methodology for the active interaction of development specialists and specialists in information technology services, and the mutual integration of their work processes to ensure product quality. It was designed to effectively organize the creation and updating of software products and services. It is based on the idea of the close interdependence of product creation and software operation, which is instilled in the team as a product creation culture.
Organizations that need frequent software releases may require DevOps. The daily release cycle can be much more intense for organizations that release several multidirectional applications.
What is DevOps?
The methodology focuses on the standardization of development environments, in order to quickly transfer software through stages that facilitate the rapid release of versions. Ideally, build and release automation systems should be accessible to all developers in any environment, developers should have control over the environment, and the information technology infrastructure should become more focused on the application.
The task of DevOps engineers is to make the software development and delivery process consistent with the operation, by combining them into a single team, which allows you to organize processes that can be further automated.
Why do businesses need DevOps?
Companies that use DevOps have reported significant benefits, including:
- significantly reduced time to market
- improved customer satisfaction
- improved product quality
- more reliable releases
- increased productivity and efficiency
- increased ability to create the right product through quick experimentation
DevOps is quite a new sphere. A skilled DevOps engineer must be a pro in many different technologies, so finding and hiring DevOps specialists isn’t simple. At the moment, finding any good, available employee from any IT field isn’t easy, much less a professional DevOps engineer. So, your best option is typically to hire a remote DevOps engineer from an outsourcing development company.
Technical background of DevOps engineers
When you hire a DevOps engineer, you should make sure they have the following skills:
- Knowledge of basic Linux administration (Centos, Debian, Ubuntu)
- Understanding of the software development process (Release Management, CI/CD)
- Experience with relational databases (RDB theory, SQL basics, PostgreSQL)
- Experience with RabbitMQ and Redis (up to the clustering of services)
- Ability to automate routine operations using one of the scripting languages (Bash, Python, Ruby)
- Knowledge of the basics of setting up web servers (Ngnix)
- Experience with at least one monitoring tool (Prometheus, Zabbix, New Relic, Grafana)
- Experience setting up a centralized log management tool (EFK/ELK, Loki)
- Experience with version control systems (Git preferred)
- Knowledge of configuration management tools (Chef, Ansible)
- Experience with CI/CD server processes and tools (CircleCI, GitlabCI)
- Familiarity with the concept of containerization (Docker, Docker-Swarm, Kubernetes)
- Ability to raise environments in cloud providers (AWS, GCE, DigitalOcean)
- Experience deploying orchestration systems on bare metal machines
DevOps Engineer’s Toolkit
- Gradle - an automatic build system, which is built on the principles of Apache Ant and Apache Maven, but provides DSL in Groovy and Kotlin languages, instead of the traditional XML-based form, for representing the project configuration. According to internally conducted tests, it’s up to 100 times faster than Maven.
- Git - one of the most popular, basic software development tools. It allows you to track the process of development and rollback if something goes wrong.
- Jenkins - allows you to automate parts of the software development process where human participation is not necessary, providing continuous integration functions. You can easily customize your continuous integration/development pipeline to better meet your needs.
- Docker - currently one of the most widely-used DevOps tools, it is the container platform that made containerization popular.
- Kubernetes - another popular solution that works with any container platform and allows you to group your containers into logical units.
Our experience with DevOps solutions
Evrone was founded over 10 years ago, and our team includes more than 120 IT professionals. We have developed and supported the infrastructures of a massive number of projects. We use DevOps methodology and tools for projects like WTCC and Humaniq, and we participate in professional DevOps conferences and meetups.
In addition, we created Vexor, a continuous integration tool. Initially, it was internally developed and designed for our own needs, but we felt that other teams had the same requirements. So, we developed a full product that has become a popular solution for other companies and developers.
What do you get if you hire a DevOps engineer from Evrone?
Since DevOps is so new, it can be quite difficult to find and hire a DevOps engineer. Not only are there very few of them available, but they are also incredibly expensive. DevOps engineers are valuable specialists who manage the core element of any project: the infrastructure. Dozens of people doing hundreds of hours of work with million dollar budgets depend entirely on the DevOps engineer’s skills. That’s why you never want to rely solely on a junior DevOps engineer, who is still learning and making mistakes.
If you need a qualified, professional DevOps engineer for your project, Evrone is the best option. You won’t have to waste valuable time looking for an available DevOps engineer and use up most of your budget paying their salary. Your infrastructure support needs will be covered by a skilled DevOps engineer, who is backed by our entire team of IT professionals. When you choose to partner with Evrone, you’ll be able to start development right away and know that you are paying for guaranteed results.
If you just want your product to work great and run smoothly 24/7, without the extra time, hassle, and expense of finding your own DevOps engineer, Evrone is a great choice. Let us know how to contact you, and we’ll be in touch soon to discuss your project needs.