Kubernetes Continuous Delivery

Modern Kubernetes CD for Modern App DevOps Teams

Traditional software development methodologies can be cumbersome and require cross-team collaboration oftentimes leading to delays and quality risks. Modern CD approaches often used alongside DevOps, Agile, and automation, aim to describe a modern development workflow that teams adopt in an attempt to improve quality and productivity.

What is Continuous Delivery?

Continuous delivery (CD) is a software development practice where code changes are automatically prepared and can be reliably released to production at any time. When properly implemented, it enables building, testing, and releasing software faster with higher quality. By allowing more incremental updates, it also helps reduce costs, time, and risk to applications in production.

Pipeline Overview

A continuous delivery pipeline is an implementation, or set of steps code changes go through, where builds, tests and deployments are automated as a release workflow.

CD Benefits

Increase development velocity, improve software quality, and improve developer productivity by automating the software release process and infrastructure deployments from code development to production deployment, you ensure efficient resource utilization.

Kubernetes CD & GitOps Made Easy

GitOps is an efficient approach to cluster management and application delivery leveraging Git as a single source of truth. Being declarative provides better standardization, accelerates deployments, and ultimately, improves productivity and operations. With Rafay’s GitOps Service, you can:


Build a multi-stage pipeline for both applications and clusters in minutes

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Sample K8s Operations POC Test Plan

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Kubernetes CD FAQs:

What is the purpose of continuous delivery?

Continuous delivery is a software development practice where code changes are automatically prepared and released to production. The primary goal of continuous delivery is to make software deployments painless, low-risk events that can be performed at any time or on demand, ideally that are undetectable to users.

What tools exist for Kubernetes CI/CD?

• The Argo Project is a comprehensive group of tools to help you orchestrate all of your container-native workflows.

Flux is a tool for keeping Kubernetes clusters in sync with sources of configuration (like Git repositories), and automating updates to configuration when there is new code to deploy.

Spinnaker is an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that provides application management and deployment, enabling you to release software changes with high velocity and confidence.

Tekton is a Kubernetes-native open source framework for creating continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) systems.

Jenkins X is built on the open source Tekton project, leveraging its framework for flexible, portable CI/CD systems.

CircleCI is an open source CI/CD tool built for integration into your version control system.

High-level steps to set up CD in Kubernetes?

1. Install project dependencies
2. Run unit tests
3. Build a container image
4. Push the image to container registry
5. Automate Kubernetes deployments