Azure Devops Server

Azure DevOps is an approach that enables organizations today to deliver their software developments at a faster pace. All the complex operations of the development process can be efficiently and effectively handled by Azure DevOps. So, if you have a Software Development or a DevOps team, and you want them to have an integrated and collaborative environment to perform all the planning, integrations, and tracking effectively, this is what you need. In this article, you learn about the basics of Azure DevOps along with the necessary things you must know about Azure DevOps Server.

What is Azure DevOps?

Azure DevOps refers to a DevOps platform that has a set of processes to develop a collaborative approach and help diverse teams when it comes to planning and delivering products at a less turnaround time. The platform helps developers, project managers, and other related stakeholders to make an impact by improving their overall software development processes.

There are two ways in which you can use Azure DevOps, one is Azure DevOps Server which was traditionally called Team Foundation Server (TFS) and the second one is Azure DevOps Services which was traditionally known as Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS).

Now that you know about Azure DevOps, let’s learn about Azure DevOps Server.

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What is Azure DevOps Server?

Earlier known as Team Foundation Server (TFS), Azure DevOps Server is an on-premises version of Azure DevOps. The on-premise version provides relevant tools to manage the project and build management and provides version control, text execution, collaborative application development, and reporting. Stakeholders choose Azure DevOps Server when they need data to stay within their network and require any amends of XML definition files. 

Three major things that Azure DevOps Server brings to the table are:

  • Update rollouts are under your control
  • Outstanding security
  • A long and an elaborate knowledge base

Now, that you know about the on-premise version of Azure DevOps, let’s have a look at the SaaS version, i.e. Azure DevOps Services.

What is Azure DevOps Services?

Earlier known as Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure DevOps Services is a Software as a Service version or the cloud offering of Azure DevOps. Being on the cloud, it provides a highly scalable and reliable hosting service which can be monitored 24/7 by the operations team. 

Azure DevOps Services enable you to access several deployment servers along with easy integration with GitHub Enterprise. Above all, you can start using Azure DevOps Services for free and start tracking your work using a combination of methods like Scrum, Kanban, etc.

Some of the major reasons why Azure DevOps Services is preferred are:

  • You don’t have to worry about hardware maintenance
  • Freedom from infrastructure vulnerabilities
  • Quick and easy setup with great security
  • 3-week delivery cycle of new updates features

After you have learnt about both Azure DevOps Server and Azure DevOps Services, let’s have a look at the possibilities of server installation in Azure DevOps Server. 

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Server possibilities when installing Azure DevOps Server

There are three possibilities for servers when it comes to installing the Azure DevOps Server. Before you go on to learn those three server installations, it is important to understand that these topologies depend on the usage, strength of users, volume of data required, geographical availability of the team, and availability. 

Single Server Installation

Single Server Installation is suitable for less number of users, usage, and data. Also, there are just two tiers in a single server, a Data tier and an Application Tier.

Single Server Installation

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Dual Server Installation

Dual Server Installation is one that is well suited for comparatively more load, more users, data, and usage. Here the Data Tier and the Application Tier are separated. Furthermore, if there is a chunk of data and more power is needed by the Data Tier, a Dual Server can be used. 

Dual Server Installation

Multiple Servers Installation (Complex Topology)

Finally, if the load is at its peak in terms of users, data, and usage, you require a complex topology or a multiple server installation. Hare, the Azure DevOps Servers are hosted on SQL Server Club to keep up with chunks of data. There is a TFS Build Farm that has agents installed which is required to take care of a huge number of builds and pipeline executions.

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By now you would have understood all you need to begin with Azure DevOps and Azure DevOps Server. You began with learning the basics of Azure DevOps and then checked the two ways to use Azure DevOps. Post that you checked the basics of Azure DevOps Server and Azure DevOps Services. Followed by that you went on to learn about the three ways of server installation in Azure DevOps Server according to a load of data, users, and usage. 

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Saritha Reddy
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