June 4th, 2024 - Matt Krauser, Strategic Sales Executive

Effortless DevOps Efficiency: How Cycle Provides A Foundation That Solves 80% of DevOps Problems On Day 1

In the world of DevOps, engineering organizations are constantly seeking solutions that can simplify operations, reduce overhead, and accelerate development. While a number of container orchestration platforms exist, their complexity and high maintenance demands often leave engineering leaders seeking alternatives.

This is where Cycle comes in. Cycle’s LowOps container orchestration and infrastructure management platform is designed to get your team to 80% efficiency from day one. This allows your team to focus on the 20%, or the things that matter most to your business.

Why 80% on Day One Matters

In today's DevOps landscape, the sheer number of tools and solutions available can be overwhelming. The CNCF Landscape, for example, includes hundreds of tools across six categories:

  • Provisioning: Tools required for the foundational infrastructure upon which cloud environments and supporting technologies function.
  • Runtime: Tools necessary to run containers in cloud-native environments.
  • Orchestration & Management: Tools to orchestrate and manage containers, applications, and resources.
  • App Definition & Development: Tools that enable applications to send and store data, and tools needed to build and deploy applications.
  • Observability & Analysis: Tools that help monitor applications and alert stakeholders of any issues.
  • Platforms: Platforms that bundle multiple functionalities and tools, helping configure and fine-tune multiple tools to help organizations adopt cloud-native technologies more easily.

With so many options, DevOps teams face decision fatigue and increased complexity. Cycle’s opinionated platform reduces the need to make numerous decisions about DevOps tooling by bundling essential functionalities into one streamlined solution, cutting costs associated with managing multiple vendors and allowing your most expensive asset—your people—to focus on the 20% that truly matters to your business.

Increasing Your Bus Factor

There are countless ways to do things in DevOps, and when a key developer or DevOps expert leaves, their unique setups can leave the team scrambling to understand and maintain those processes. By standardizing the 80% of DevOps tasks that are common across every organization, Cycle helps prevent anti-patterns and wrong ways of doing things, ensuring that your team can continue to operate smoothly even if a key team member departs.

Focus on Your Unique 20%

Almost every organization faces some of the same time-consuming DevOps challenges, such as routine tasks like system updates, backups, and monitoring. Cycle allows you to spend your time on what matters most—your unique 20%. This means your developers and DevOps engineers can work on the innovative, strategic tasks that drive your business forward, rather than being bogged down by the routine 80%.

For example, a gaming company might prioritize low latency to ensure a smooth and responsive user experience for players worldwide. Similarly, a healthcare organization might be more concerned with compliance and data security. In fintech, the focus might be on transaction speed and reliability, ensuring customers can execute financial operations quickly and accurately.

While each industry has its own set of priorities and challenges, Cycle empowers your team to concentrate on the 20% that truly makes a difference, while we handle the routine 80%.

Here’s how Cycle achieves this:

Simplicity and Focus

Cycle was built with a clear focus on essential features that most companies need, avoiding the bloat of unnecessary capabilities. This opinionated design ensures that organizations can leverage the power of container orchestration without the steep learning curve and maintenance overhead of other platforms.

Automatic Updates

Keeping systems updated is crucial for both security and operational efficiency. Unlike the cumbersome update processes of many other orchestration environments, Cycle delivers updates automatically, every 10 to 14 days, without any user intervention. This ensures that your infrastructure is always up-to-date with minimal effort.

Multi-cloud Portability

True to its vendor-agnostic approach, Cycle enables seamless multi-cloud portability. The platform supports AWS, GCP, Equinix Metal, Vultr, and more, allowing you to move container instances across providers effortlessly. This flexibility ensures that you are not locked into a single vendor and can optimize your infrastructure as needed.

Conclusion

Cycle is designed to streamline DevOps, reduce technical debt, and enable organizations to focus on what they do best—innovating and delivering value to their customers. While standardizing the 80% is something we believe is extremely important, we also understand that every organization is unique and has different needs. While we provide a highly opinionated platform, we also offer the flexibility and customization needed for you to take control of your DevOps journey and focus on the 20% that is most important to your company.

If you're looking for a simpler, more efficient alternative to complex container orchestration platforms, we’d love to chat with you about Cycle. With automatic updates, multi-cloud portability, and developer-friendly approach, Cycle promises to transform the way you manage container orchestration and infrastructure management for the better.

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