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Build or Buy? Self-Service DevOps Platform Engineering

Learn about the pros and cons of self-service vs DIY with staffing, cost, security, and compliance.

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Prepared by EMA

By Chris Steffen, Managing Research Director and Ken Buckler, CASP, Research Analyst Information Security, Risk, and Compliance Management


Key Takeaways

Traditional security practices have become more complex with the shift to microservices and the public cloud. However, microservices are difficult to configure and secure, and cloud infrastructure adds further complexity with dynamic scalability and failover requirements. The pros and cons of using a developer self-service platform versus a do-it-yourself platform. 

This includes:

  • The expanding need for DevOps with microservices    
  • DevOps staffing requirements - and its cost
  • Securing DevOps and meeting compliance requirements
  • Manual requests vs. self-service on rails

Ultimately, it's important to consider both the benefits and drawbacks of each option and make an informed decision that aligns with the organization's goals and needs.


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