Container architectures featuring Kubernetes, Docker, or other container tools make a lot of things simpler. At the same time, companies face significant challenges to retain their initial efficiency gains as they scale across many applications and environments. How do they apply the same management, process, security, and compliance standards that are mandatory for typical enterprise infrastructures?
Container-based applications require the same release process as all your other applications. In fact, virtually all of the common problems enterprises face - getting software through a release pipeline and deployed to multiple environments - stay the same. They may even get more complicated as applications evolve to rely on more and more microservices and more and more containers - across dev, test, staging, and production environments.
The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform is designed to scale application releases and container deployments, applying the industry’s best release orchestration to complex container scenarios. It lets you handle multi-container and hybrid deployments - and multiple interdependent release pipelines - with ease.
More configuration and scope to manage
Containers require extensive configuration, especially when used in Production - and container configuration management approaches don’t always fit enterprise needs for pipelines, versioning, and encryption.
Extensive scripting is mandatory
Automating container deployments requires scripts, which are expensive to create and expensive to maintain. And scripts don’t come with rollback, security, or reporting.
Securing development practices (DevSecOps)
Containers introduce security concerns such as the use of secure base images; and they require the same security measures as legacy technologies, such as preventing unauthorized code changes from making it into Production.
No support for release activities other than deployment
Deployment is only part of the release process - container technologies don’t cover organizational needs. Managing the containers is not managing the release!
No out-of-the-box orchestration or dependency management
Containers work well for companies doing frequent releases and/or microservices, but you need an orchestration or management platform to coordinate releases and ensure dependent services are released and deployed together in each environment.
Deployment to legacy platforms
Most organizations have a hybrid environment and need to orchestrate and manage releases to all types of platforms as a single unit, regardless of technology; many are also taking a lift-and-shift approach to legacy applications.
Platforms change all the time
APIs, command-line tools, and other integration points change, which means more script maintenance work and more changes to your teams’ way of working.
Centralize configuration for all container formats
Prevent duplicate work by centralizing configurations for various container formats and orchestration platforms and take advantage of flexible, cross-environment configuration management mechanisms.
Model-based deployments and release templates
No scripts required - automatically generate deployment and release plans for the complete pipeline. Rollbacks are automatically built in.
Bake compliance and security into the release process
Ensure compliance procedures are followed and logged. Combine automated and manual security checks for powerful control over container configurations, and take advantage of role-based security to prevent unauthorized releases to sensitive environments.
Release orchestration that integrates manual and automated steps
Manage end-to-end pipeline orchestration that accounts for both the technical and organizational parts of your release process. Involve technical and business stakeholders in the process.
Manage complex releases, dependencies, and microservices
Orchestrate complex releases and centralize management of both technical and functional dependencies, whether you’re working with a microservices architecture or with traditional applications.
Unified approach to releasing and deploying applications
Simplify release orchestration and migration to new platforms by standardizing release and deployment processes; ensure that deployments are fast and reliable, no matter the platform.
Prepare for the future by standardizing today
XebiaLabs’ plugins insulate you from platform changes by staying abreast of the latest evolution in APIs and integration requirements. Migrate to new platform versions on your schedule, without losing time.
The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform provides the most advanced deployment automation available today, automating and standardizing complex deployments to any target environment. It automatically manages complex multi-container and hybrid deployment scenarios, integration with your CI/CD pipeline, environment-specific configuration, and more. XebiaLabs lets you orchestrate multi-container deployments - and deployments to any target - smoothly and consistently.
The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform lets you automate, orchestrate, and get visibility into your release pipelines at enterprise scale. It allows you to easily define and run delivery pipelines for multi-container, microservice, and hybrid scenarios, with templates for decoupled release trains, coordinated master and subreleases, and other advanced release patterns.
XebiaLabs works on top of - and integrated with - container management platforms, which serve the important role of managing multiple containers running on many different nodes. The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform orchestrates containers as part of the complete application delivery pipeline, from code checkout to running in live production and everything in between, including deployments to container and other environments, manual tasks and approvals, and promotion of releases across stages, from test to staging to production.
"Managing Kubernetes 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."
- Robert Stroud, XebiaLabs Chief Product Officer and former Principal Analyst for Forrester ResearchLearn More
"With XL Deploy we were able to automate the deployment process end-to-end. Deployments can be repeated more readily in other environments, and deployers do not have to spend so much time on administrative tasks."
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