2nd Watch Delivers DevOps Services To Accelerate Software Releases


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2nd Watch, a born-in-the-cloud solution provider based in Seattle, Wash., introduced on Thursday two internally developed services aimed at encouraging its enterprise customers to accelerate their adoption of DevOps processes.

The Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure partner created standardized frameworks for implementing continuous integration/continuous delivery pipelines and for rapidly deploying machine images on the two industry leading clouds, Jeff Aden, 2nd Watch executive vice president of marketing and strategic business development, told CRN.

"Customers definitely want the more agile processes within their organization. It's a pretty common theme with enterprises," Aden said. "What we've created is a couple of accelerators to start with that help companies evolve their organization and accelerate their development lifecycles."

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The 2nd Watch Modern Pipeline combine templates and processes with open source software, potentially saving customers 75 percent on CI/CD implementation costs, Aden said.

The service offers a standard framework that removes the need to stitch together multiple tools for automating the development and release process, speeding deployment of software pipelines to less than 60 days.

Customers can choose several popular DevOps tools to leverage within the 2nd Watch service, including Packer, Ansible, Terraform, Chef or Puppet.

The 2nd Watch Machine Image Factory speeds deployment of secure, customized machine images on AWS or Azure by up to 95 percent, Aden said.

That service also can leverage DevOps tools like Packer, Ansible, Terraform, Chef, Puppet, or native services from the two cloud leaders such as AWS CodeDeploy, CodeBuild, AWS Cloud Formation, and Azure Resource manager.

The Machine Image Factory maintains patching, release updates and security scans.

2nd Watch initially custom built both DevOps services for a select few customers. By productizing them, the solution provider can deliver the capabilities to a broader set of enterprises exploring agile software development, Aden told CRN.

The services give customers a way to test the DevOps waters—with the end goal of deploying code faster—without need for a disruptive business transformation project involving expensive consulting. The enterprises can prove the ROI before taking more ambitious steps toward broader transformation, he said.

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