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Overview and Concept

DevStack is a tool for cloud developing. Its purpose is to

  • reduce time spent with troubleshooting of local development environments and dependency management,
  • help developers concentrate on what's important,
  • save costs on making expensive local development machines obsolete,
  • keep the source code more secure.

DevStack in Software Development

There are 2 roles that make DevStack work: Developers and DevOps.

Developers are the end-users of DevStack, benefiting from its features. DevOps provide centralised and streamlined configuration templates that create the benefits for developers.

How DevStack fits in your team

DevStack Architecture

DevStack has a distinct architectural setup when compared to other Cloud Development Environment (CDE) solutions.

Here are some of the key distinctions.

Environment typeDevStack's environment is a fully capable VM, meaning that you're not limited in how you set it up. The developed software can run directly on the VM, you can also use containers or Kubernetes.The development environment consists of a single container. If the developed software can't run in that container it can't be part of the development environment.
IDE supportDevStack supports any IDE in its default mode. An SSH capable IDE is only needed if DevStack is configured for maximum securityThe IDE client needs to be SSH compatible to communicate with the IDE backend in the CDE container.
Direct accessDevStack allows for SSH access to the CDE and use of a CLI.Access is only possible through the IDE.

The setup DevStack uses

The setup traditional CDEs use. The software that is being developed is not part of the development environment in most CDE tools.