Software Deployment Resilience
Software deployment resilience is essential for any organization that requires scalable, high-performance, and reliable software. Software deployment has often been considered one of the toughest parts of the entire software development lifecycle. Development teams need to consider both deployment and rollback processes when accounting for resilience, but it’s not easy to predict what could cause an issue.
What is Software Deployment Resilience?
A resilient software deployment process is one where your users don’t experience any problems, disruptions, or outages during deployments. Resilient software deployment systems do not cause users to experience degraded performance and can easily and automatically roll back to a previous state.
The deployment stage is where software can start to encounter serious issues with load, security, configuration, logging, monitoring, backward compatibility, and more. Because of all of these potential issues, making your deployment process resilient is not easy. Not only might you have to potentially make changes to in-production software while users are trying to use it, but you have to ensure that you can quickly recover from mistakes and issues quickly while trying to speed up time to deployment.
Deployment resilience is the outcome of well-automated and tested systems, with the ability to quickly adapt to changes without disruption or to recover from failures automatically.
Organizations that focus solely on business objectives might be missing out on the benefits of resilience. By aligning their security and reliability efforts with the business strategy, organizations can not only achieve better business outcomes, but also seize the advantage in the race to cyber resilience.
What is the Problem with Software Deployment Resilience?
Many organizations encounter problems and constraints with the ability to increase the scalability and resilience of their software deployments. Some of these challenges include:
- Dependence on insecure or unstable hardware or software
- Difficulty deployment to multiple environments in a reliable, stable way
- Open Source unpredictability or licensing issues
- Lack of developmental skills or experience in advanced deployment capabilities
- Organizational reluctance to add automation or deployment tools
What is the Solution to Software Resiliency Challenges?
Solve deployment resilience and stability issues via advanced deployment strategies and reliable deployment software. To achieve software deployment resilience, organizations need to invest in people, processes, and technology.
- Decouple dependence on insecure or unstable hardware or software
- Invest in tooling that allows for deployment to multiple environments in a reliable, stable way
- Invest in advanced and automated deployment capabilities that help developers
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One of the largest technology companies in the world relies on Armory’s Scale Agent plugin for deployment resilience and security. Scale Agent for Spinnaker and Kubernetes uses decentralized and dynamic account management to enhance security and empower individual teams to manage permissions for their specific clusters. Scale Agent decouples Kubernetes service accounts from applications to provide better security and resilience.
How Does Armory Help with Software Deployment Resiliency?
Gradual rollouts are one of the best ways to increase software resiliency. Whether your organization chooses canary deployments, blue/green deployments, or rolling deployments, you need the people, processes, and technology to carry out these deployments efficiently and reliably.
In addition to deployment, your team also needs the ability to roll-back any software that has been deployed across multiple environments to provide the least amount of disruption or issues for your users.
Armory offers an array of cloud and on-premise deployment solutions that will help your team take advantage of these advanced strategies and improve software deployment resilience:
- Blue/Green Deployments
- Canary Deployments
- Rolling Deployments
- Automated and Multi-Environment Rollbacks
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What Benefits Does Software Deployment Resilience Offer?
Organizations that can conquer issues of software deployment resilience reap many business benefits.
- Improved trust and brand loyalty from users
- Lowered costs and resource consumption
- Fewer instances of downtime and faster time to resolution
- Better software quality and availability
- Increase flexibility and agility
Who Benefits from Resilient Software Deployment?
When organizations invest in software deployment resiliency strategies including people, processes, and technology, the entire business benefits.
- Less time spent investigating failure.
- Increased efficiency and more time developing and coding new features
- Fewer manual steps and fewer human errors
Business and Operations
- Reduced human errors and failure frequency
- Increased ability to automatically rollback and recover from deployment failures
- Fewer manual steps and increased efficiency through automation
- Minimized business and operational impact from deployment failures
Deployments can be one of the most challenging parts of writing software. To do them well, you have to walk a tightrope between consistency in application behavior and avoiding application downtime. Depending on what your software does, you will find that you err on one side or the other. However, regardless of which position is better for your organization, getting your deployments right and making them resilient, will make it much easier to deliver software to your end users with a minimum amount of difficulty.
Improve software deployment resiliency at your organization with Armory’s solutions for advanced deployments and rollbacks.
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