15 February, 2019
Improving data security through decentralized storage has been at the heart of blockchain technology since its inception. In virtually every industry that involves the use of sensitive information, blockchain offers solutions that speed up data processing while increasing the security of what’s being stored. As blockchain technology matures, the number of industries it impacts continues to expand.
Take software development, for example, where a guiding principle called DevOps aims to foster communication and oversight between development and operations teams so that deadlines, testing, release dates, and general visibility between team members is more constant and clear. Since DevOps is a model for operations rather than being explicitly technological, it’s easy to assume blockchain would have little utility in this area.
However, blockchain technology can improve software development by making development data accessible to any member on the blockchain. Essentially, instead of using the standard DevOps pipeline to test software for errors, certain errors can be automatically found and recorded, allowing all team members to observe and fix them before further development makes a given problem more difficult to solve.
One of the most important and widely adopted features arising from blockchain is the smart contract. Many industries currently use service-level agreements (SLAs) to guarantee that their product or service is functional and reliable to a certain degree, but it’s proven difficult to improve the speed and quality of the evaluation process for determining when and how a failure has happened.
On the other hand, service agreements stored on a blockchain could guarantee that a specific error is recorded and immediately observable, increasing the likelihood of a speedier solution. Smart contracts wouldn’t require users to navigate a given SLA, nor take the extra time to identify a specific problem since each issue is automatically recorded in each step on the blockchain.
As Adrian Daniels, field solutions architect for Chef Software, points out, blockchain technology helps industries move away from costly internal verification, development, and customer service systems by connecting each development point of data in a chain-like network for quick reference.
Blockchain applications for DevOps haven’t been widely talked about, but the idea is enticing and likely realistic. With blockchain development already surpassing expectations, it isn’t hard to envision a future where DevOps gains new efficiency.
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