DevOps vs SysOps – Understanding the Difference
Traditionally, businesses relied on hiring testers, DBAs, developers, network & system engineers and operators to run a successful systems operation. However, with the arrival of cloud computing, things have simplified for the development and admin teams. Nowadays, a cloud-enabled organization can cut back 20% of a DBA’s work, 50% of a system admin’s work and over 80% of a network engineer’s work.
This change forced system administrators to find newer avenues for their talent. In response, they shifted to aiding development of business centric applications, giving birth to a new category, the DevOps.
DevOps and SysOps are two mainstays of cloud computing. DevOps uses a continuous delivery model under which teams develop, write, test, and release application software in short time cycles. DevOps relies heavily on automation to make time cycles shorter and the releases more stable. On the other hand, SysOps delivery style is derived from a thorough set of guidelines for IT service management. The aim is to align business goals and IT services of an organization, and SysOps provides a baseline from where the design, execution and measurement can proceed.
DevOps engineer is an IT person who is a part of both development and operation means DevOps engineers work on code with developer team, oversee the code releases and also manages the deployment and operation processes. DevOps delivery model is based on coordination between development and operations team. DevOps engineers brings acceleration to the software development process managing development team and Operations team together. The DevOps approach goes unpredictable change as development and operations teams sit together and finds a good change to address the consequences. It improves business value and customer experience with new services. DevOps operations is centralized around infrastructure, but it is taken care of by using the latest automation tools.
SysOps engineer is an IT person who administrates cloud services and tasks relayed to the software development process. SysOps delivery model is based on ITIL (Information technology Infrastructure library). SysOps engineers are the system administrators who manages all the key responsibilities of the IT operations in a multiuser environment. The SysOps approach provides risk free continuation of services, and it goes consistent change and it is not so flexible to change. It streamlines system processes already in place. After the advancement of cloud computing SysOps (System Operations) has become a popular terminology for professionals who are responsible for multi-user environments/systems. SysOps operations is centralized around infrastructure but it is taken care by using more individual level.