Scale Enterprise Deployment of Containers with XebiaLabs

Manage complex deployments and release processes

With Scale Comes Complexity

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.

Bust the Myths
  • Scale up to deploy thousands of containers in a repeatable and secure way
  • Standardize release and deployment processes across teams, applications and platforms
  • Centralize application and configuration data to avaid platform lock-in

Managing Containers in the Enterprise

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.

Common Container Challenges

XebiaLabs Solutions

COMPLEXITY GROWS AT SCALE

MODEL AND MANAGE THE COMPLEXITY

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.

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.



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.

Model-based deployments and release templates
No scripts required - automatically generate deployment and release plans for the complete pipeline. Rollbacks are automatically built in.



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.

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 PIPELINES ARE OUT OF SCOPE

BEST-OF-BREED RELEASE ORCHESTRATION

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!

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.



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.

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.



PLATFORMS ARE FOREVER SHIFTING

STANDARDIZED PROCESS FOR ALL ENVIRONMENTS

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.

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.



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.

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.

Standardize Container Deployments

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.

Essential for Microservices and Complex Releases

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.

Spotlight on Kubernetes:
Scaling Containers with XebiaLabs

"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 Research

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Essential Functionality for Enterprise DevOps

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Hybrid deployments

The reality is, enterprises have hybrid environments: all have a mixture of containers, virtual machines, and traditional environments. It will be a long time, if ever, before any company is 100% container-native for all their apps. In the meantime, enterprise teams need a deployment model that automatically adjusts for any environment.

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Compliance, security, reporting, audit trail, and process enforcement

These crucial enterprise capabilities are missing entirely from today’s containers and frameworks. The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform makes sure your processes are followed and logged, and that compliance, governance, and security are enforced for all apps and components... as well as for new deployment targets as they come online.

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Dependencies and complex process management

As applications are broken into smaller chunks, it’s critical to manage the relationships between all services and components. Container and microservices architectures have many more moving parts and often involve more releases, so there is a much stronger need for release and deployment platforms that manage dependencies, give a holistic view of what’s happening in your process, and handle the details.

The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform is ideally suited to manage advanced release processes such as release trains.

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Visibility

With so many moving parts, you need an integrated view of what’s going on where and when, both for release processes and deployment artifacts. The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform provides unique visibility across your entire deployment process and container landscape, as well as up-to-date release and deployment status. This insight improves communication and collaboration and helps you find and fix problems quickly when they occur.

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Standardization of release and deployment processes

With XebiaLabs, you know your release processes will be followed and rules will be enforced; you’ll be able to ensure that deployment processes are followed across all deployment targets, from containers to mainframes. And using XebiaLabs’ acclaimed deployment model, you can be sure your deployments will work automatically and repeatably — regardless of whether you introduce new targets.

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Collaborate across the enterprise

The XebiaLabs DevOps Platform includes a friendly UI that works for business users and highly technical users alike, giving all teams the up-to-date information that they need to work together. A shared platform means that everyone can implement Application Release Automation best practices, no matter what their role.

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"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."

- Ronald Bosch, Group Manager, Air France-KLM

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