DevOps is part of the changing face of today's IT department, which is grappling with cloud, mobility and other trends that affect the traditional way that applications are designed and deployed. Traditional practices and barriers are breaking down, and DevOps tools and practices may be the answer to some of IT's new challenges.
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DevOps tools can help configure systems and ensure consistent, repeatable outcomes for IT systems. For example, keeping a handle on virtual data centers or adding control to cloud services can be achieved with DevOps tools.
IT admins will likely need some knowledge of DevOps, whether it's rudimentary or becomes a primary goal of your job. See how much you know -- and need to know -- about DevOps.
This was first published in April 2013