DevOps Explained: Five Levels of Understandingby@oliveremeka
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DevOps Explained: Five Levels of Understanding

by Oliver IfediorahOctober 3rd, 2023
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DevOps is a journey, and depending on your level of expertise and familiarity with technology, your understanding of it can vary. At its core, DevOps is about collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement. Whether you're a child, teenager, adult, professional, or expert, DevOps plays a crucial role in shaping the way software is developed, deployed, and maintained in today's technology-driven world.
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Hmm.… What a fitting name from those tech people who are always trying to be cool, right? As if the casual work clothes don’t do that enough already. Lol..

Well it turns out there’s more to this acronym than some bespectacled people just trying to sound cool. And if you’re reading this article, you’re probably more interested in this concept than just how quirky it sounds.

So, welcome, researcher; this article explains DevOps as clearly as possible for any audience level so anyone can share in the coolness of using such a techy term 😎. If you are a tech professional trying to get a good grasp of this concept or just someone who randomly stumbled upon this term on the internet, welcome to a new page of understanding.

DevOps, short for Development and Operations, is like a magic potion for software development and IT operations. It helps create and deliver software faster and more efficiently. In this article, we will embark on a journey to explore DevOps through the eyes of five different audiences: a child, a teenager, an adult, a professional, and an expert. Each level will delve deeper into DevOps, gradually building an understanding of its concepts and practices.

Level 1: Explaining DevOps to a Child

Let’s imagine that you're a curious 8-year-old who eats out a lot and has little knowledge of software development. DevOps is like running a restaurant. The developers are the chefs, and they create the meal (the software code). The operations team is like the waiters and waitresses who package the meal (software) in various utensils and deliver it to the visitors waiting in the eating area. DevOps is the teamwork that ensures that visitors get the meal they want as quickly and professionally as possible.

Basically, software chefs and deliverers work together to create a sophisticated software generation system known as DevOps.

Level 2: Explaining DevOps to a Teenager

Now, let's discuss DevOps with a teenager who can understand more abstract concepts. DevOps is like televised dance training where two parties - the leader (developers) and the dancers (operators) - entertain the audience (users). Developers write the code and add new features, like a dance leader generating new dance moves. Operations make sure the software runs smoothly, just like the dancers choreograph the dance moves expertly. DevOps is the music that keeps the dance synchronized, allowing updates and changes to happen without missing a beat.

As can be observed, this explanation separates the concept of DevOps from just the practice of it, i.e., the music is different from the dance moves. This is because while DevOps rightly describes the combined functioning of software developers and operators, it is not limited to just this factory-like system. A number of software tools known as DevOps tools have also been developed to enable even a single developer to be able to practice DevOps. These are known as DevOps Software, and an excellent example of such a tool is Aptible, which provides the infrastructure for packaging and deploying software so that a developer can practice DevOps while only focusing on the coding part.

Level 3: Explaining DevOps to an Adult

As an adult, you may wonder how DevOps impacts your daily life. DevOps is a set of practices and tools that bridges the gap between software development and IT operations. It's all about collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement.

Imagine you're building a house and you outsource it to a company to construct and maintain the house. The development team designs and constructs the rooms (software features), while the operations team maintains the house (keeps it running smoothly) over time. DevOps is the contract that ensures that this system runs seamlessly.

Now imagine that your house is a robot house that is capable of upgrading itself with new features you ask for while you live in it. DevOps can also be described this way. It introduces automation tools, like robots, that help build and upgrade the house (software) faster and with fewer errors, even after it has been released to the public.

So, to answer the question of how DevOps affects you as a user, continuous improvement means that as you live in the house (use the software), it gets better over time based on your feedback.

Level 4: Explaining DevOps to a Professional

Now, let's dive deeper into DevOps for professionals. At this level, you're already familiar with the basics and are seeking a more detailed understanding. DevOps is a software development system that follows the following principles;

  1. Collaboration: DevOps emphasizes strong collaboration between development and operations teams. This ensures everyone is on the same page, resulting in better communication and faster problem-solving.

  2. Automation: Automation is the heart of DevOps. It involves using tools to automate repetitive tasks, such as code testing, deployment, and server provisioning. This reduces errors and accelerates the development process.

  3. Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): CI/CD pipelines automate the testing and deployment of code changes. This means that whenever developers make changes, they are automatically tested and deployed to production if they pass all tests. This speeds up the release of new features and fixes.

  4. Monitoring and Feedback: DevOps teams constantly monitor software performance in real time. This feedback loop helps identify issues early and allows for quick adjustments.

  5. Infrastructure as Code (IaC): IaC treats infrastructure (servers, databases, networks) as code, allowing for easy and consistent provisioning and management.

  6. Microservices: DevOps often pairs with a microservices architecture, where applications are broken down into smaller, independent services. This allows for faster development and easier maintenance.

    Level 5: Explaining DevOps to an Expert

    For experts, DevOps is a complex and dynamic field that requires a deep understanding of various tools and practices. Let's explore some advanced DevOps concepts:

    1. DevSecOps: Security (Sec) becomes an integral part of DevOps (Dev), ensuring that security measures are integrated into the software development and deployment process.

    2. Containerization and Orchestration: Technologies like Docker and Kubernetes are used to package and manage applications and their dependencies, making it easier to deploy and scale applications.

    3. Infrastructure as Code (IaC) Tools: Experts are well-versed in IaC tools like Terraform and Ansible, enabling them to define infrastructure as code and manage complex infrastructure environments.

    4. Site Reliability Engineering (SRE): SRE is a discipline that combines software engineering and IT operations. It focuses on creating highly reliable and scalable software systems.

    5. Chaos Engineering: Experts may practice Chaos Engineering to proactively identify weaknesses in systems by intentionally introducing failures.

    6. Advanced Automation: Experts leverage advanced automation tools and techniques, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, to optimize processes and enhance predictive analytics.


DevOps is a journey, and depending on your level of expertise and familiarity with technology, your understanding of it can vary. At its core, DevOps is about collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement. Whether you're a child, teenager, adult, professional, or expert, DevOps plays a crucial role in shaping the way software is developed, deployed, and maintained in today's technology-driven world. The key is to start where you are and gradually deepen your knowledge as you progress through these different audience levels as a no-infrastructure platform for deploying and scaling software infinitely.