Building an Internal Development Platform (IDP) – DIY vs. Turnkey Platform

Building an IDP – DIY vs. Turnkey Platform

Mar 19, 2024
Building an Internal Development Platform (IDP) – DIY vs. Turnkey Platform

Before jumping into what is better for you let's discuss what an IDP is. IDP a.k.a Internal Development Platform is the new buzzword that is storming the tech world these days. As the name suggests: it is not just a set of tools but a comprehensive platform to streamline workflows, enhance collaboration, and accelerate software development.

But why do we need an IDP platform when we are already happy with all the different tools at our disposal? That is exactly what an IDP addresses. It offers a unified platform for different tasks like code version control, continuous integration and continuous deployment, container orchestration, and resource management. In other words, you create a standardized platform for all of your developers in one integrated platform which eliminates the need for said developers to switch between disparate tools and interfaces which significantly boosts productivity.

Some of the other benefits of an IDP:

  • Consistency
  • Container Orchestration
  • CI/CD
  • Monitoring and Observability
  • Version Control
  • Infrastructure Management

Now that we know what an IDP exactly is, what it does, and what is the benefit of using an IDP, let's discuss what you need to build your Internal development platform.

Some of the things that you need to take care of while DIY. You will be using different open source tools to create a platform, in other words creating a Frankenstein monster which will then need to be supported and updated with new features which becomes a huge undertaking in terms of resources and investment. Some of the things that you need to keep in mind while building your development platform.

  1. Selecting your cloud provider
  2. Network configuration
  3. Container Orchestration
  4. Resource provisioning
  5. Storage and Database setup
  6. CI/CD pipeline
  7. Container registry
  8. Monitoring and Observability
  9. Logging and Tracing
  10. Integrations with developer tools
  11. Security measures
  12. Support and maintenance
  13. Documentation

The story does not end here. Each of these steps requires hours of investment and as we all know by now time is money. The amount of resources that you need to invest becomes so big at the end of the planning that you start rethinking if your decision to create your IDP was the correct decision.

This is exactly where we come in as a turnkey platform provider. We are well aware of the investment that is required to build a development platform. We have done all the hard work so that you don’t have to do it again. We provide you with the best enterprise-level container management platform. But it is not just a container management platform: it's a full-blown IDP.

Some of the features of Cocktail Cloud:

  • CI/CD integration
  • Monitoring and Observability
  • Infrastructure management
  • Container orchestration
  • GPU management with time slicing and multi-instance capabilities


As applications and development cycles continue to get convoluted, long, and complicated we can get an idea of how indispensable these platforms could become in the future. These platforms provide us with resources to manage the entire software development lifecycle, from code creation to deployment and beyond. 

By adopting an IDP you unlock developer productivity, enhance collaboration, and ultimately deliver higher-quality software to their customers. In conclusion, using an IDP could just give you the edge over your teams which could propel your organization to newer greater heights.

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