Overcoming roadblocks and achieving continuous delivery
What is the Solution?
The advantages of deploying an enterprise app to Kubernetes supersede the shortcomings that your team faces, leaving you with no alternative other than figuring out a way to overcome these shortcomings. The key is to automate your complete CI/CD pipeline. But, by just saying that you need an automated CI/CD pipeline, does not make all your app delivery delays vanish. For a smoother and faster delivery to Kubernetes, you need an approach that can streamline the process, keeping in mind these specific considerations.
- Automation: Automation of the containerization process is the first step towards a smooth app delivery. The need to manually create Docker images for every single app service should be eliminated.
- Standardization of process: In order to reduce delays caused while trying to accommodate each custom process and tool, there needs to be one process standardized across teams for delivering applications to Kubernetes.
- Self-service delivery experience for developers: All the delays caused due to the DevOps friction can be eliminated if service-centric delivery is enabled by letting developers handle the DevOps configuration all by themselves.
Having all these considerations fulfilled will offer the level of automation in app delivery that most enterprises hope to achieve.
An enterprise can either have a very efficient DevOps team to enable this level of automation or seek the help of an app delivery platform that is purpose-built to offer these features for a smooth delivery process to Kubernetes. There are several app delivery platforms designed just for the purpose. Platforms like HyScale, Codefresh, and OpenShift are some of the options worth exploring.
Depending on the landscape of the enterprise application and the capabilities of the team, you need to act fast and make a decision of how you want to smoothly deliver containerized applications to Kubernetes.