How to configure and use VSO or VSTS

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Visual Studio Online (VSO) is confusing term for many and seems like something related to development or IDE, but it’s not.

Probably because of its confusing term Microsoft has lately decided to change the name of service from VSO to VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services), now it’s better term and you can associate it with VSTF

What is VSTS (formerly known as VSO) ?

If you have ever come across TFS, then you can say VSTS is more advanced and cloud (SaaS – Software as a Service) version of the same.

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DevOps and Microsoft Azure

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In recent times, organizations have realized that the cost of managing resources in the cloud as the efforts are the same in managing resources, considering security configurations, and other configurations. Hence, IaaS was becoming difficult day by day with the evolution of PaaS. PaaS has evolved over the years and its approach is much wider, and its services include multiple programming languages such as Java, PHP, .NET, Python, and Ruby.

Why DevOps?

Cloud service providers are responsible for maintaining availability of the application and its resources. Over the years, PaaS has gained its momentum and many organizations have realized that there are less complexities and less management overhead involved in it. With new technology and evolution in organization practices, PaaS is headed towards maturity. Nowadays, aPaaS is getting popular. An Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) provides features to design, develop, deploy, and manage an application life cycle, enabling effective resource utilization, agility, and faster time to market. While we are considering organization’s best practices or culture, DevOps has also gained momentum in recent times along with PaaS. PaaS and DevOps culture are breaking a lot of barriers in the traditional culture of IT.

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