4 Ways Cycle Can Immediately Help Your Business
Your team is busy and the feature list isn’t getting any smaller. With developers pushing harder to get things done quickly, more teams than ever are looking for a platform that can give them an edge.
That’s why developers and managers have turned to the Cycle platform. Cycle provides them an edge by adding automation and simplicity to the application lifecycle. From development all the way through production you can expect Cycle to:
Empower your developers, helping them take control and quickly administer operations tasks with the easy to use UI.
Standardize deployments and reduce infrastructure overhead without the need for heavy configuration scripts or trying to architect and budget for network needs, infrastructure requirements, and the dynamic nature of IP allocation.
Mitigate downtime risk, through powerful visibility and debugging tools, meant to make solving complex problems incredibly much simpler.
Cycle will make an immediate impact on your development team by empowering each member to quickly administer operations tasks through the UI. That means fewer bottlenecks and an increased focus on the core product.
In the DevOps book, “The Unicorn Project”, the protagonist Maxine is faced with an obscenely painful wait every time she tries to make progress on her assigned project.
Through an in-house group of conspirators that recruits her, she is able to be brought into a different project where the team works outside of the normal rule set and gets a substantial amount of work done. The book really speaks to the power of DevOps in a large organization with thousands of engineers where each team is responsible for their own piece of the total.
This is the model that many teams are adopting and it’s wonderful, but unfortunately for many teams achieving this is a bit of a reach. That’s due to the fact that they don’t have thousands or even hundreds of engineers.
The biggest problem that arises from engineers being spread too thin is the dreaded “we have someone for that” syndrome. This is what happens when a team of engineers breaks down their responsibilities in a way that causes everyone to be overly specialized. This can be amazing for a highly niche team, but spread the responsibilities across too many disciplines and someone being sick for a day can grind your operation to a halt.
Using Cycle completely removes the need to solve a huge part of your production puzzle by automating and simplifying the management and orchestration of your containers. That leaves you with a scenario where anyone on the team is a potential candidate for moving an issue onto the completed board, and keeps your hiring track focused on bringing complementary skills that drive your core product development further.
An abstraction layer shouldn’t require a specialist.
Developing new features for your core offering is what grows revenue. The combination of containerization and a platform like Cycle means your team doesn’t have to worry about the underlying infrastructure powering your applications. Your developers will spend more time on your product and less time on ours.
There’s a long checklist of configurations that would normally need to be in place for a deployment to be successful. A few things you’ll always need to know:
- Is the target cluster provisioned and available?
- How will the network topology be structured, and what public endpoints will be made available?
- Are all the technical documents and configurations done for this deployment to work?
In an effort to control all these factors, many teams move toward standardizing their deployments. This standardization can be a very difficult process to nail down, as some teams may want to use technology X for their needs, while technology Y could be helpful for a different deployment.
Cycle can help standardize deployments while still enabling customization across the board. Developers can still use their language of choice, the tools they’re familiar with, and whichever 3rd party integrations they desire. But, under the hood, Cycle is working to standardize all networks, deployments, and other mundane operational tasks to ensure everything stays consistent — regardless of the underlying infrastructure provider.
Operational overhead can be a bothersome hidden cost when managing cloud infrastructure. As your organization starts consuming more resources, it can be a daunting task to keep track of all servers across multiple providers. Additionally, monitoring those servers to ensure you’re getting your desired utilization levels can be a job on its own. Why should you pay for huge expensive servers when you might only be consuming 5% of the resources?
Developers using Cycle can make an impact on this overhead by centralizing your infrastructure management under a single pane of glass. You’ll easily observe metrics, see what’s currently deployed by cluster, and get an idea on usage — all without opening a console or a third party extension.
Your team can take advantage of this to quickly make confident data based decisions on your infrastructure.
Adding Cycle to your application management strategy can yield immediate additional functionality out of the box. The platform features robust monitoring visualizations as well as some useful tools for quick debugging and maintenance. These tools and graphs wonderfully lend themselves to ensuring your offerings and services are running as expected — and finding out what’s wrong when they’re not.
The instance console provides up to the second feedback of what’s going on in your instance. You can quickly tell if an application is acting as it should or is sending error messages. This allows you to take a quick glance at what’s happening without drilling down into your logs etc.
Dashboards help you get a quick view of the different things that need to be monitored in order to ensure your application and infrastructures’ health. Take a look at this environment dashboard, which shows all the services and the application are online and how many instances of each container is currently deployed.
You can quickly configure health check settings and commands to run on failure. Cycle will watch your instances and execute the commands if your container fails its health check a certain number of times. You can also tell Cycle to send an email or hit a webhook if the instance fails.
Redundancy is king. Deploy servers in different data centers and use the “High Availability” orchestration setting, Cycle will automatically spread your instances out across those servers. Click the “HA” checkbox on your services and spread those to multiple servers as well. The more redundancy you build into your deployment the more likely you’ll be to have zero downtime.
Migration and Scaling
When you see that you’d like to vertically scale your instance up or down, you can quickly migrate any instance using Cycle’s instance. If you anticipate the need for more or fewer instances you can easily scale your instance count to adapt and mitigate downtime risk.
We’re in the prove it economy now, and ready to step up to the plate.
Click the Get Started button at the top of the screen to sign up and we’ll give you the first 90 days on us. All you need is your provider credentials to deploy some infrastructure. We’ll have you deploying your first containers within an hour.
If you get stuck we have an awesome Slack community or you can reach us in-app by clicking the blue intercom icon located in the bottom right of the portal, docs, and website.
Have a great time and we can’t wait to see what you’ll build!