In a world where “time is money,” automation is indispensable to drive a successful business.

It not only helps you in decreasing costs but also helps in improving your time to market, making you a great competitor and giving you a huge advantage in your business.

Lets us introduce you an excellent tool which will help you to automate your applications deployments: AWS CodeDeploy.

What is it?

It is a cloud hosted DevOps service offered by Amazon AWS. AWS CodeDeploy coordinates application code deployments to AWS EC2 instances or your servers which on-premises or both.

AWS CodeDeploy eliminates manual steps and coordination needed to deploy the code consistently on multiple servers. Using AWS CodeDeploy your DevOps workflow becomes easier, and it CodeDeploy gives you the capability to release new features rapidly, avoid downtime during application deployment and handle the complexity of updating your applications.

With the automation of your application deployments, you can eliminate these problems and easily deploy your code to the target environment whether it comprises of one instance or thousands of them.

Benefits

In the exciting and constantly changing world of DevOps, AWS CodeDeploy is fast becoming an essential tool to make your applications evolve quickly and meet your costumers’ needs.

AWS CodeDeploy offers a lot of advantages and benefits for DevOps teams – but in this article, we will focus on just three mains ones which we believe are the most important:

Portability and flexibility

What DevOps teams and enterprises really love about AWS CodeDeploy is that it is platform and language agnostic, so it does not require significant application refactoring.

Its flexibility allows you to work with any application, and deploy it using CodeDeploy’s framework.

It does not lock you into any particular technology – you can easily rip out the CodeDeploy framework if later you decide to move away from it. AWS CodeDeploy integrates with other tried and tested tools like Git which is an excellent distributed source control system and Jenkins – which is an excellent continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment framework.

This portability, flexibility, and extensibility make AWS CodeDeploy an indispensable tool in the DevOps teams’ tool chest.

Rolling upgrades

AWS CodeDeploy provides you the visibility of your code deployments instance by instance, giving you the capacity to do a rolling update across a group of target servers, so that an update can be deployed to a specific number of instances for testing purposes. Once the testing is successful the deployments can be rolled out to other servers as well.

This makes AWS CodeDeploy a much superior choice if you want to avoid any downtime or system inconsistencies while the code is being deployed. This makes sure that while the code is being deployed – your customers do not experience any downtime and the upgrades are transparent to them.

With Deployment Health Tracking you can check the success of each instance update so that in the case of failure, you can identify the exact instance and script which is experiencing failure.

For DevOps teams, this ability to predict, control and see what’s going on in their DevOps pipelines is crucial, since if there is any problem, they can save time by seeing right away what happened and why things went wrong.

On-Premises Deployments

You don’t have to worry if you are building a hybrid cloud! AWS CodeDeploy allows you to coordinate and update this on-premises instances by creating Deployment Groups.

It is equally intelligent about identifying failures which occur on the on-premises systems, and you can monitor the state of your on-premises instances directly from the CLI or AWS CodeDeploy administration console.

Even though you have to pay if you want to update your on-premises instances using CodeDeploy (only $0.02 per instance), this is a good option for coordinating deployments across multiple clouds and/or on-premises systems.

We hope..

this gave you a glimpse of the benefits and advantages which AWS CodeDeploy brings to the table. Go ahead and sign up for your free AWS account and start building some kick ass deployment pipelines with this incredible tool.