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Designing and Operating DevOps Workflows to Deploy Containerized Applications With Kubernetes

Published: 06 January 2020


Running containers in production requires automation and management of manifest files, repositories and infrastructure. To help I&O technical professionals harness the agility benefits of DevOps, this research offers best practices for building and operating deployment pipelines with containers.

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  • Prework
    • Select Kubernetes Container Orchestration Approach
  • Step 1: Embrace Version Control to Manage Artifacts
    • Version-Control Artifacts in Code and Image Repositories
    • Tag and Label Consistently to Add Meaningful Metadata
    • Select, Configure and Maintain Container Image Registries
    • Guidance
  • Step 2: Design Delivery Pipelines
    • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
    • Understand How Application Code Becomes a Running Container
    • Automate and Orchestrate Image Builds Using Continuous Integration
    • Unit Testing and Functionality Verification
    • Security, Compliance and Validation
    • Guidance
  • Step 3: Assign New Roles and Responsibilities
    • Recognize Roles and Responsibilities for Dev and Ops
    • Implement Platform Ops to Offer a Shared Container Platform
    • Guidance
  • Step 4: Automate the Process for Infrastructure Updates and Upgrades
    • Container Infrastructure Management Requirements
    • Container Orchestration Autoscaling
    • Guidance


Tony Iams

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