Go Prime Time with Kubernetes: Scale Deployments with XebiaLabs

| March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Regardless of which container platform you use, managing container configurations and deploying applications is no trivial matter… at least not when you’re dealing with more than a few. Whether you’re migrating existing projects to container platforms or building native applications, there are thousands of combinations of properties, application settings, and environment settings to manage. So maintaining the necessary scripts, although manageable initially, will grow to be all consuming.

Kubernetes has won the “container wars” for now, but even deploying onto this powerful platform at scale isn’t as easy as 1-2-3.

Using the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform, you can go prime time with Kubernetes and deliver software at enterprise scale.

Using the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform, you can go prime time with Kubernetes and deliver software at enterprise scale.

Managing Secrets, Pods, Namespaces, ReplicationControllers, and Services on the Kubernetes container cluster manager involves complex processes and dependencies, especially as you deploy hundreds of applications, thousands of times a month. The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform simplifies the use of Kubernetes across all your environments, whether cloud-based or on-premises, accelerating adoption and maintaining process consistency as you scale.

Application Release Automation with XebiaLabs Helps You Optimize and Scale Kubernetes

Recognized by industry analysts as a leader for Application Release Automation (ARA), XebiaLabs uses a declarative, model-based approach to describe your applications, containers, and environments. You simply specify what container you want to deploy where, and it automatically generates and executes all release and deployment steps; you do not need to specify the order. XebiaLabs handles the complete process, including asynchronous tasks such as create/delete operations for resources.

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The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform automatically creates Kubernetes Pod(s), ReplicationControllers, and Services on the Kubernetes container cluster manager as part of a consistent, repeatable deployment process you can use for any environment. Its unique modeling approach manages all aspects of your Kubernetes deployments, as well as deployments to any other platforms that may be involved in your release process.

Microservice Deployments: Complexity Removed!

Deploying microservices onto the Kubernetes orchestration platform is often attempted by scripting out your deployments for each and every one. You may even have a CI job for each microservice. But as you scale to achieve multiple complex deployments, how do you manage all of these relationships? How do you make sure things happen in the right order? How do you reliably roll back after a failure?

Microservice deployment scripts will quickly propagate across the organization, becoming impossible to manage and maintain as you grow. XebiaLabs manages all your configuration and deployment details out of the box, from Kubernetes Secrets, Pods, and Namespaces to cloud configurations to mainframe deployment plans. It manages configurations and deployments at scale, and easily supports multiple environments where Kubernetes is used for cloud deployments and datacenters alike. And in the future, as platforms continue to evolve, XebiaLabs makes it easy to migrate and deploy to whatever comes next.

The Big Picture: Moving Beyond Deployments

2018 is the year of DevOps, and enterprises are embarking on a DevOps transformation. It’s not just about deployments, whether Kubernetes, cloud, or mainframe. You have a whole release pipeline to consider. XebiaLabs also takes care of many other essential DevOps pipeline functions, automating the complete pipeline, providing detailed visibility at every stage, addressing core compliance and security requirements, and applying DevOps intelligence to guide you on a journey of continuous improvement.

Release orchestration is a core foundation of ARA and a key component of any successful DevOps strategy. XebiaLabs lets you plan, automate, and analyze your release pipeline from end to end, managing and reporting on both manual and automated tasks. Your teams can start running existing release plans in minutes, and will quickly be able to identify bottlenecks, reduce errors, and lower the risk of release failures.

In addition, compliance and security considerations play a key role in how software is built, especially for enterprises in highly regulated industries such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, and government. If you choose to script your deployments, you’ll also have to script additional internal processes to address security, audit, and compliance needs. XebiaLabs handles these important processes for you for every deployment, ensuring required procedures are consistently followed, documented, and easy to prove. Teams get the freedom to release software quickly… while following established and automated compliance processes and maintaining control.

The long and short of it: containers don’t manage themselves, and the enterprise release process involves a lot more than deployments. If you want to go prime time with Kubernetes and deliver software at enterprise scale, the XebiaLabs DevOps Platform will help you reach your goals.

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Rob Stroud

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Rob Stroud is Chief Product Officer for XebiaLabs and a recognized industry thought leader in DevOps and Continuous Deployment. Before XebiaLabs, Rob was Principal Analyst for Forrester Research, Inc., where he helped large enterprises drive their DevOps transformations and guided them through organizational change. As VP Strategy and Innovation for IT Business Management for CA Technologies, Rob developed the strategy and product portfolio for products within multi-billion dollar markets.