FAQ: Armory Primer

Apr 3, 2017 by Armory

Before you begin: Read our Stages of Software Delivery Evolution Infographic to understand which stage your company currently falls into.

 

What is Spinnaker?

Spinnaker can be seen as a cloud-first approach to software deployments. Many companies may be using older technologies like Chef or Puppet, which were effective in the mutable world inside your data center. The big differentiation is that Spinnaker is optimized for cloud deployments utilizing continuous integration, deployments and delivery to improve your end-user’s experience with your product and service. A list of Spinnaker features can be found here.

Below is a table from Wikipedia that explains other tools attempting to address this.

What is Armory?

We are an enterprise-grade version of Spinnaker – providing you with Safety, Security, and Velocity when using Spinnaker for cloud deployments. Our goal is to make Spinnaker and your deployments as streamlined and safe as possible.

Why can’t my engineers just use Spinnaker themselves?

They can – but it’s a question of efficiency. Your engineering team’s time is valuable, and we can all agree that it is better for your company if your engineering team is writing code instead of making sure that their code is deployed safely and securely to the end-user. Put simply, we help you put Spinnaker into operation so you can just use it. In fact, we are willing to run a Proof of Concept with you to show how it can benefit you!

Additional features and services we provide compared to the open source version are:

Who’s responsible if Armory Spinnaker fails?

Armory provides an enterprise-grade version of Spinnaker that includes enterprise support. If Spinnaker fails, Armory will work with your engineers to determine the root cause of the issue. Sometimes the cause is cloud-account specific and not something Armory can fix (since Spinnaker runs in your VPCs). After any outages, Armory will run a post-mortem process with your team to identify the root cause of failure and how to avoid that in the future.

Who are your customers?

Armory’s focus is on providing value to Global 2,000 companies with complex deployment challenges. Our customers range from Global Fortune 100 corporations to high-growth startups proactively investing in making confident deployments and velocity a core competency.

How long would it take me to implement Armory if I made a decision today?

We are invested in your company’s success with our product and are willing to run a Proof of Concept with an engineering team at your company.

It typically takes 1-2 days to stand up Armory Spinnaker in High Availability and configure your first application to deploy to production. However, the full implementation and adoption of Armory Spinnaker will depend upon the complexity of your application setup and the ease of provisioned access to setup certain resources within AWS (ie. networking and permissions).

This is a manager’s guide to Armory Spinnaker. You can find further information at
our website here.

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