One of the key factors that gives devops staying power and enables far-reaching influence is its flexibility. As we have illustrated throughout this book, there is no one way of doing devops; it does not require a particular piece of software or process, nor is it limited to web startups.
There are certain stories (Netflix and Etsy) that tend to be repeated as examples of successful devops implementations. These are not all-inclusive when it comes to ways that organizations can use the four pillars of effective devops to improve their productivity. While organizations like Etsy, which is well-known for its cultural and technical practices, certainly have important stories to share, we deliberately shared a wider range of stories than only those traditionally told in devops circles. The diversity of stories we have examined in no way nullifies the importance of devops, but rather is key to understanding its significance in the way we work and the industry as a whole.
When people tell stories about devops, they often talk about silos. A common trope is that of development and operations teams so siloed off from each other that they barely communicate at all, let alone collaborate effectively, and one thing that people look for is how to break down those silos. We prefer to think of devops in terms of a more constructive metaphor, rather than a destructive one.
Rather than silos, we view different teams or organizations ...