Gartner Research

Designing and Operating DevOps Workflows to Deploy Containerized Applications With Kubernetes

Published: 06 January 2020

ID: G00451326

Analyst(s): Tony Iams


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.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • 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

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.