An icing on the cake for customers who prefer to self host, Microsoft recently launched the first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The DevOps Server 2019, being optimized for customers as mentioned above, mainly delivers the code base of Microsoft Azure DevOps. Self hosting customers usually are the ones who require a guaranteed isolated instance of the DevOps as they need a run on-premises version or because the system requirement is in regions wherein a hosted version of DevOps is not available.
The new Azure DevOps server includes the latest Azure DevOps user interface which is fast, clean and contains numerous advanced features, following the evolution of Team Foundation Server. In addition to the existing support for SQL server, Azure DevOps Server 2019 includes support for Azure SQL enabling organizations to use their own data center to self host Azure DevOps using an on- premises SQL server. This self hosting can also be done in the cloud which lets customers utilize the premium Azure SQL capabilities and performance to the fullest. This release has raised the bars and Azure DevOps is now the provider of best in class hybrid-cloud development collaboration capabilities through which the customers can self host in the cloud, install on- premises or make use of the globally available Microsoft hosted service which also gives the benefits of automatic scaling and updates simultaneously.
The new release management interface which makes it easier to manage how the deployment is taking place is also a part of the Azure DevOps server 2019. The end to end traceability is an added feature which makes it quite an effortless task to monitor the details of the deployments. Customers using TFS 2012 or a later version can directly upgrade to Azure DevOps Server 2019 without any hassle while those on TFS 2010 or older might need to go through some interim steps before they can actually uograde to the latest released version.