Introduction

As the world adopts blockchain technologies, your IT infrastructure — and its predictability — become critical. Many companies lack the levels of automation and control needed to survive in this high-opportunity, high-threat environment.

Are your software, cloud, and server systems automated and robust enough? Do you have enough quality control for both your development and your online operations? Or will you join the list of companies bruised by huge data breaches and loss o f control over their own computer systems? If you are involved in blockchain, or any industry for that matter, these are the questions you need to ask yourself.

Blockchain will require you to put more information online than ever before, creating huge exposures for organizations that do not have a handle on their security. Modern DevOps technologies, including many open-source systems, offer powerful solutions that can improve your systems to a level suitable for use with blockchain.

Are companies REALLY ready for Blockchain technology?

The answer to it is most of the companies are NOT and those who are need to audit or reevaluate whether they are. The reason is BlockChain puts data to public making it prone to outside attacks if systems are not hardenend and updated on timely manner.

Big companies such as Equifax had millions of records stolen, Heartland credit processing was hacked and eventually had to pay 110 million and Airbus A400M due to wrong installation of manual software patch resulted in death of everyone on on the plain. These are few of many such big companies that was hacked due to poorly implemented IT technology.

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked. According to a MIT technology review, hackers have stolen nearly $2 billion worth of cryptocurrency since the beginning of 2017.

Big Question: Why Companies are getting hacked ?

Blockchain itself isn't always the problem. Sometimes the blockchain is secure but the IT infrastructure is not capable to supporting it. There are cases where open firewalls, unencrypted data, poor testing and manual errors were reasons behind the hacking.

So, the question to ask is: Is the majority of your IT infrastructure secure and reliable enough to support Blockchain Technology ?

What is an IT Factory ?

IT factory as per Aaron Contorer, founder and Chariman of FP Complete is divided into 3 parts

  1. Development
  2. Deployment
  3. System Operations

If IT factory is implemented properly at each stage it could result in a new and better IT services leading to a more reliable, scalable and secure environment.

Deployment is a bridge that allows software running on a developer laptop all the way to a scalable system and running Ops for monitoring. With DevOps practice, we can ensure all the three stages of IT factory implemented.

But, the key to build a working IT factory is Automation that ensure each step in the deployment process is reliable. With microservices architecture ,building and testing a reliable containerized based system is much easier now compared to the earlier days.

The only way to ensure a reliable, reproducible system is if companies start automating each step of their software life cycle journey. Companies that are ensuring good DevOps practices have a robust IT infrastructure compared to those that are NOT.

DevOps for Blockchain

DevOps tools helps BlockChain better as it can ensure all code is tracked, tested, deployed automatically, audited and Quality Assurance tested along each stage of the delivery pipeline.

The other benefits of having DevOps methods implemented in BlockChain is that it reduces the overall operational cost to companies, speeds up the overall pace of software development and release cycle, improves the software quality and increases the productivity.

The following DevOps methods, if implemented in Blockchain, can be very helpful

1. Engineer for Safety

2. Deploy for Safety

3. Operate for Safety

4. Separate for Safety

5. Human systems

Despite keeping hardware and software checks, most the breaking of blockchain systems today has happened because of "People" or "Human Errors".

Most people try hacks/workaround to get stuff working on production with no knowledge on the impacts it could do on the system. Sometimes these stuff are not documented making it hard for the other person to fix it. Sometimes asking others to login to unauthorized systems by sharing credentials over calls paves a path for unsecure systems

To ensure companies must,

6. Quality Assurance

How to get there ?

The good news is "IT IS POSSIBLE". There is no need for giant or all-in-one solutions.

Companies that are starting fresh need to start at the early phase of development to building a reliable system by focussing on above 6 points mentioned above. They need to start thinking on all areas in the "Plan and Design" phase itself.

For companies who are already on production or nearing production does not need to have to start fresh . They can start making incremental progress but it needs to start TODAY.

Automation is the only SCIENCE in IT that can reduce errors and help towards building a more and more reliable system. It will in the future save money and resources that can be redirected to focus on other areas.

To conclude, FP Complete has been a leading consultant on providing DevOps services. We excel at what we do and if you are looking to implement DevOps in your BlockChain. Please feel free to reach out to us for free consultations.

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