How to Deal with COTS Products in a DevOps World
The primary objective of DevOps is to increase the speed of delivery at reliable quality. To achieve this, good configuration management is crucial as the level of control at higher speed of delivery becomes more and more important (while riding a bike you might take your hands off the handle bar once in a while, but a formula one driver is practically glued to the steering wheel). Yet commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products often don’t provide any obvious ways to manage them like you manage your custom software. This is a real challenge for large organisations who deal with a mixed technology landscape.
In this article I will explore ways to apply modern DevOps practices when dealing with COTS products.
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