First DevOps, Now NoOps?

Consider what could be possible if you’d fully automate the “Ops” aspect of DevOps.


IT professionals are ever on the hunt for methods to enhance and speed up application development and deployment. However, IT teams often find the silo between developers and IT operations too much of a barrier. “DevOps” is a collaborative approach that aims to remove some of the friction between the two. The method brings developers and Ops teams together to collaborate and cooperate. DevOps can improve software quality as well as result in a product that more closely aligns with expectations. However, various difficulties in implementing and maintaining DevOps processes have created space for a new approach: “NoOps.”

What’s the Point of NoOps?

NoOps, in theory, fully automates the operations part of an IT environment, making it unnecessary to manage the software with an on-premises operations team. It works via automated systems such as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Function as a Service (FaaS) to reduce or eliminate the need for operations expertise. Developers can then concentrate on writing and improving code to include processes formerly relegated to operations, such as infrastructure, security, and management. Of course, there’s no silver bullet, and like any software development methodology, NoOps has both benefits and challenges.

Optimal Use of Development Time

NoOps automates an IT environment, reducing friction between infrastructure and developers and saving time. This frees developers to focus more on developing applications.

Less Human Error

NoOps reduces or eliminates the need for manual intervention in operations functions. This degree of automation theoretically prevents human error.

100% Cloud Environment

Utilizing PaaS, serverless computing, and the cloud-enable automating Ops maintenance and monitoring. With cloud-based infrastructure, developers also don’t have to be as concerned with development resources and distributions.


Serverless computing gives developers a pay-as-you-go option. They only pay for the resources and services they use and the time it takes to complete a project. Reducing idle time helps control the budget.

Increased Productivity

NoOps’ continuous development model gives developers and operations teams the freedom to place more effort on their own specialized tasks, increasing their productivity.

NoOps Cons

Increased Workload for Developers

Taking on new responsibilities, such as infrastructure and costs, will inevitably wind up in the hands of developers.

Demand for New Security Resources

In the absence of Operations professionals, the security team would need to expand to handle tasks like identity governance, access control, and more – all while dealing with cyber threats and incident response.

Lack of Compatibility

Not all applications will be compatible with every PaaS solution, so NoOps isn’t a universal approach. Furthermore, in situations where an enterprise owns a dedicated data center, implementing cloud-centric NoOps could be problematic. Many companies may also struggle with transitioning to this high degree of automation.

What is the Future of NoOps?

Looking forward, NoOps could be a boon to start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Product as a Service companies. It will help them get products into the testing pipeline and bring products to market more quickly,

Further into the future, though, “intelligent Ops,” using artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline software development and management, will most likely supersede NoOps.

An End or an Evolution?

Because DevOps has become a go-to method for many large-scale development processes, it will be difficult to immediately replace it with the NoOps approach. Development teams may benefit most from selecting elements of NoOps to enhance their processes rather than making a 180.

Consider elements of the NoOps as a step in evolution that you can take when you’re ready and when they’ll benefit your operations.

Kelly Allred

Kelly Allred is a contributing editor for DevPro Journal.

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Kelly Allred
Kelly Allred is a contributing editor for DevPro Journal.