- A/B Testing
- Blue/Green Deployment
- Canary Release
- Chaos Engineering
- Code Review
- Configuration Management
- Continuous Testing
- DevOps Culture
- Feedback Loop
- Immutable Infrastructure
- Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
- Infrastructure Monitoring
- Post-Mortem Analysis
- Repository (Repo)
- Shift Left
- Smoke Testing
- Source Code Management (SCM)
- Version Control
- Virtual Machine
Blue/Green Deployment is a release strategy where two separate environments, blue for the current version and green for the new version, are used to manage releases. The blue/green approach allows for zero-downtime deployments, rollback capabilities, and controlled testing, reducing risks, costs, and disruptions. Tools like Spinnaker, Kubernetes, and AWS support blue/green deployments, integrating with continuous delivery pipelines, monitoring, and automation, driving agility, quality, and efficiency in modern software delivery.
- Objective: To update application versions without causing service disruptions.
- Scope: Transition user traffic from the existing ‘Blue’ environment to a new ‘Green’ environment after successful testing.
- Advantage: Minimizes operational impact during software releases, enhancing user experience and system availability.
Feature Rollout and A/B Testing
- Objective: To test new features or changes by exposing them to a subset of users.
- Scope: Deploy the new feature set in the ‘Green’ environment, while keeping the ‘Blue’ environment as the control group, and then route a subset of traffic to ‘Green’.
- Advantage: Enables data-driven decision-making based on user engagement and performance metrics.
- Objective: To easily revert to a previous application state in case of errors or issues in the new release.
- Scope: In the event of a problematic deployment in the ‘Green’ environment, revert user traffic back to the stable ‘Blue’ environment.
- Advantage: Provides a safety net for quick rollback, reducing downtime and mitigating risks.
Database Schema Evolution
- Objective: To manage complex database changes without affecting application availability.
- Scope: Use the ‘Green’ environment to apply database schema changes and migrate data, keeping the ‘Blue’ environment as the rollback option.
- Advantage: Isolates potentially disruptive database changes, allowing thorough validation before affecting end users.
Environment Drift Management
- Objective: To maintain consistent configurations between development, staging, and production environments.
- Scope: Regularly clone the ‘Blue’ environment to form the ‘Green’ environment, thereby ensuring configuration consistency.
- Advantage: Minimizes issues stemming from environment drift, thereby facilitating smoother deployments and reducing debugging time.