Gartner Research

Designing and Operating DevOps Workflows to Deploy Containerized Applications With Kubernetes

Published: 06 January 2020

ID: G00451326

Analyst(s): Tony Iams

Summary

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

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