Azure DevOps serves as an all-inclusive-service for your DevOps team to keep up with the current digital DevOps culture. Coherently plans your project with agile tools, manages your test plans from the web, versions your code with Git, and deploys your solution through an incredible cross-platform, and continuous integration continuous delivery (CICD) system, all while establishing traceability and transparency across your DevOps team. Additionally, Azure DevOps also supports collaboration of tools and even adds extensions and integrates with renowned devices such as Campfire, Slack, Trello, UserVoice, and more developing tailor-made solutions.
The significant advantage of the Azure DevOps is the flexibility, scalability, and the visibility it offers throughout the DevOps team without compromising the software quality. The five pillars of Azure DevOps that provide that exact benefits are briefly described below.
Five Cornerstones of Microsoft Azure DevOps
Azure Pipelines is a fully-featured CICD service, which works with your preferred Git provider and can be deployed in all the eminent cloud services. With Azure Pipelines service, organizations can automatically build and test your code project and provide access to other users. By availing the CICD service, organizations can also constantly and consistently test and develop the code and ship it to any target.
Azure Artifacts is a fully integrated package management that aids you to add packages to any pipeline from public or private sources with just a single click. In Azure Artifacts team size is insignificant, you can create and share Maven, npm, NuGet, and Python package feeds with teams of any size. Powered up by an enterprise-grade Azure SLA, Azure Artifacts provides a great deal of security. Every public source package you use is secured in your feed, and only the authorized user can delete it. Of all, Azure Artifacts offers you a free tier of 2 GB above that you will be charged for your actual usage. With the set limit, you can control the storage to reduce the cost.
Azure Repos is a set of version controls that supports you in code management. Version controls help you to keep track of any version of the code that is changed with snapshots. For instance, even when the developer fixes a single bug, the version control takes a snapshot of the file and saves it with which you can recall it later. With version control tracking your code history, your entire team is updated on the code changes.
With the sumptuous availability of tools in Azure board’s arsenal, software teams can now promote smooth project management. The tools may include native sport for Scrum and Kanban, customizable dashboards, and integrated reporting that helps you to scale your business as it grows. Moreover, by adding the work items of your project, you can seamlessly and securely track user stories, backlog items, tasks, features, and bugs in your project.
Azure Test Plans
With Azure test plans, you can run tests and log defects from your browser. By evaluating across your desktop and web pages, you can test your application, which gives you an upper hand in end to end traceability and quality for your stories and features. Also, by assessing your entire test cycle, you can capture rich scenario data during evaluation and make discovered defects actionable.
As of the pricing of Azure DevOps services, it is totally free for open source and small scale projects with a maximum of five users. For large scale projects, it depends on the number of users involved in the project.
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