PipeOps was designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind. The platform offers a range of powerful features that allow you to easily manage and scale your cloud infrastructure.
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We all have that 10-year-old who always has a special conversation with her 80-year-old grandmother, who is very far away. The perfect solution a busy parent or guardian can give is to connect them on a platform such as WhatsApp.
After all, WhatsApp is designed to be user-friendly and accessible to people of all ages. Including both 10-year-olds and 90-year-old grandmothers. The interface is intuitive and straightforward, with large buttons and simple text instructions.
PipeOps is designed with ease too. Just as using WhatsApp is as simple as sending a text message, so is PipeOps, if you can send texts, photos, and videos to your friends and family with ease while using the WhatsApp platform.
It should also be true for every software engineer and small team with little to no DevOps/Cloud Engineering expertise who want to build, deploy, and manage applications and databases.
The PipeOps platform has been designed as a no-code tool for cloud deployments & infrastructure management; they make setting up and managing your cloud infrastructure as easy as deploying to Heroku, so you can focus on what matters, which every developer would say is building your product and serving your customers.’
The inspiration for PipeOps could be traced back to what began as a casual kitchen conversation with three friends who are the co-founders at PipeOps.
Of course, something must have sparked such an exciting conversation…for some folks to gang up and say they want to make the cloud accessible (in terms of cost & ease of use) for software engineers and startups with no DevOps Expertise is an expensive trajectory.
The co-founders Samuel Ogbonyomi, Alex Idowu, and Taye Joseph worked at Flux as Head of Design, Frontend Engineer, and Head of Security, respectively.
The idea for the PipeOps project was birthed, coupled with specific events that took place sometime in 2020, which were majorly influenced by their experience at Flux.
A few months after they launched Flux, the team released a Crypto Feature that was highly sought after by users; this resulted in an increase in traffic that their infrastructure on Heroku could not handle. In addition, the app was barely running—and they needed to scale, and so much urgency was tied to this…..like they needed to do it fast!
“PipeOps was designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind.”- Samuel Ogbonyomi/ Co-founder, PipeOps.
Unfortunately, no one on the team was skilled in DevOps/Cloud Engineering. Eventually, they met Alex, a Cloud Engineer with over 12 years of experience, at an event in Lagos. Alex could solve their infrastructure problems, but they needed resources to be able to afford him.
But the team didn’t give up; they preached the Startup Dream to him just to convince him to join them. A couple of days later, Alex successfully Migrated the Infrastructure from Heroku to AWS. This whole experience ignited the kitchen conversations that started as an inspiration for PipeOps.
“We help you set up, manage, monitor, and scale your cloud environment”- Ogbonyomi/ Co-founder, PipeOps
The team is purposeful and driven guys who have come together to build something people truly want and allow it to ultimately grow to the point where it’s acquired for hundreds of millions of dollars, where everyone in the core team cashes out.
Nevertheless, the goals remain; PipeOps is here to offer a range of powerful products and features to help users build, deploy, and manage their applications and databases.
Samuel Ogbonyomi, co-founder who is saddled with Visual Design, also Alex Idowu, co-founder, is responsible for the Infrastructure and Overall Tech Stack and Taye Joseph, co-founder, plays the role of Frontend Design and API Consumption.
Samuel believed that relative to other cloud services, Heroku, over the years, has been seen as ‘easy to use’ by software engineers and even used to be seen as ‘affordable’. However, he stated, for reasons best known to them, Heroku is not as affordable anymore and does not handle infrastructure scaling the best.
In the words of Samuel, he added that Heroku does not scale well. Basically, when you need to scale on Heroku there's an exponential increase in your cost but with PipeOps, they offer the best of both worlds
Seven features of PipeOps were designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind that would allow you to easily manage and scale your cloud infrastructure, but the team chose to share nine powerful features, which include:
Build, configure, scale, monitor…there is more.
The team has revealed that the nine listed above are just some of the many features that PipeOps has to offer, they believe these are the most important and known, but there are more that can be included.
In addition, the platform provides a lot of automation and ease of use, which can reduce the risk of errors and minimize the time and resources required to set up and manage cloud infrastructure.
The team are not done cooking, as they have stated that they got some pretty unique features coming up; just to reveal one prominent feature:
In a Q&A with SAMUEL, Co-founder & Visual Designer PipeOps, speaking on behalf of the other team members, shared his thoughts with us, and the following conversations ensued:
Q: “Would you please share the project’s design process with us? How was it for you?”
A: “Designing PipeOps was super challenging initially, particularly because I am mostly clueless about DevOps. Of course, I had to research existing solutions, but for the most part, the countless sessions with Alex helped bring me up to speed. The Design process I employed was hugely unorthodox just because of how fast we needed to move. We did not even have time to set up a Design System.
As things are, I AM THE DESIGN SYSTEM 😂. Ultimately, we tried to ask the right questions every step of the way and find the right answers either through research or user interviews (however casual).
The goal was to make PipeOps super easy to use by abstracting the perceived complexities of DevOps/Cloud Engineering in any way possible, beginning from our choice or words in our copy.”
Q: “How did you arrive at the name PipeOps?”
A: “PipeOps is short for Pipeline Operations.”
Q: “How does PipeOps work?”
A: “It takes less than 5 minutes to deploy your project:
Q: “What distinct feature does PipeOps have compared to other products?”
A: “We pride ourselves in how easy it is to use PipeOps. It’s so easy to Provision servers and deploy apps on PipeOps that my Grandma can do it.”
Q: “What’s the pricing system PipeOps?”
A: “At the moment, PipeOps offers two Pricing Tiers, Developer Tier and Startup Tier.”
Q: “How is payment made?”
A: “Subscription is made via Card Payments.”
Q: “Is PipeOps for everybody?”
A: “We try to make PipeOps as inclusive as we can, but ultimately PipeOps is designed to help Software Engineers and small teams with little to no expertise in DevOps/Cloud Engineering.”
Q: “How can we access this product?”
A: “Head on to our website and sign up https://pipeops.io”
Q: “How can feedback on the product be shared with the team?”
A: “We have a feedback widget attached directly to our landing page and console dashboard for everyone to drop feedback easily.”
Q: “What are the best ways to reach the team?”
A: “You can reach us via Intercom on the platform. You can get us via Twitter and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/pipeops
PipeOps can be compared to a smooth and well-oiled machine, while a bad deployment platform can be compared to a broken-down and clunky vehicle. With PipeOps, you can expect a seamless, efficient, and effective process for deploying and managing data, just like how a well-oiled machine runs smoothly and efficiently.
On the other hand, a bad deployment platform can be frustrating and slow, with frequent breakdowns and issues similar to a broken-down vehicle. With a bad platform, you may struggle to get your data where it needs to go and experience roadblocks and delays.