The need to deliver applications faster is near-universal, even in organizations that traditionally are perceived as risk-averse. As the foundations of DevOps, continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) are essential to application delivery in most organizations. Together, CI/CD tools and processes automate building and testing applications on every code or configuration change, then trigger a sequence of workflows that deliver the application to production.
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One of the luxuries of my job is that I get to speak to and work with a range of IT people employed by U.S. federal and state government agencies. That range includes DevOps engineers, developers, sysadmins, database administrators, and security professionals. Everyone I talk to, even security professionals, says that IT security and compliance can be imprecise, subjective, overwhelming, and variable—especially in the federal government.
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Red Hat OpenShift 4.1 offers a developer preview of OpenShift Pipelines, which enable the creation of cloud-native, Kubernetes-style continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines based on the Tekton project. In a recent article on the Red Hat OpenShift blog, I provided an introduction to Tekton and pipeline concepts and described the benefits and features of OpenShift Pipelines.
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Join us for the next online DevNation Live on Thursday, July 19th at 12pm EDT for Container pipeline master: Continuous integration + continuous delivery with Jenkins, presented by Red Hat principal technical product marketing manager for Red Hat OpenShift, Siamak Sadeghianfar.
In this session, we’ll take a detailed look into how you can build a super slick, automated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) Jenkins pipeline that delivers your application payloads onto the enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift. You see how zero-downtime deployment patterns can be part of your release process when you are using a container platform based on Kubernetes.
Automating your build, test, and deployment processes can improve reliability and reduce the need for rollbacks. However, we’ll show you how rollbacks can be handled too.
Register now and join the live presentation at 12pm EDT, Thursday, July 19th.
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A new release stream of Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is now available: JBoss EAP continuous delivery (JBoss EAP CD).
JBoss EAP CD provides rapid incremental releases of new JBoss EAP capabilities approximately every quarter and is delivered only in Red Hat OpenShift image format.
What does this new JBoss EAP CD release stream mean for developers?
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It’s been a while since Red Hat released version 3.3 of OpenShift Container Platform, this version is full of features.
Continue reading Using Pipelines in OpenShift 3.3+ for CI/CD
Automated testing is one of the hardest, but also the most important thing to get right when doing Continuous Delivery or DevOps. Recently Aslak Knutsen and I hosted a webinar with the title “Continuous Development with Automated Testing”. The webinar had quite a few viewers (and maybe that was one of the reasons that the demo in the webinar didn’t exactly go as planned.)
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So here’s are deal: We’ve created what we’re calling “PaaS-Containers” in our IT production environment. It consists of core technologies like RHEL Atomic Host, Kubernetes, and Docker along with supporting CI/CD components like Jenkins together as part of an offering that supports the end-to-end automated deployments of applications from a code-commit event through automated testing and roll-out through multiple environments (dev, QA, stage, prod). Oh, did I mention that it’s also integrated with our enterprise logging and monitoring as well as our change management process and tooling so that we have a complete audit trail?
Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon – they see the benefits of rapid deployment, atomicity, enabling business capabilities faster through technology. But as we learned in the 90-day initiative to get it stood up and an existing application deployed on it, all applications aren’t ready for containers and some may never be based on their current architecture.
Here’s what we think about the deployment options in an enterprise context that allows us to enable innovation while managing enterprise risk…
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A few short months ago, I was managing an operations team at another firm. There had been a sea change in executive leadership over the summer, and the DevOps transformation that I’d helped to kick off was quickly being unraveled by the sorts of executive shenanigans that can ensue when a C level departs and leaves an opening. I was open minded to a change in scenery and got the call of a lifetime from a Red Hat recruiter.
You see, I’ve been involved in the Linux community since around 1998. I helped grow the Triangle Linux Users Group in its early years, and served a term on the steering committee as Vice Chair. When the community was looking for an enterprise class Linux distribution without the cost of a subscription model, I joined the cAosity project (now gone) and helped deliver CentOS to the Linux community. Open Source was in my DNA, and living in the Raleigh area the success of Red Hat was always right there for me to admire. “Someday I’d like to work there,” I often thought to myself.
This DevOps thing has gotten a lot of traction with me. I’ve been a volunteer co-organizer at Triangle DevOps, and have even given a few public talks on the subject, too.
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