Continuous delivery is an automated process that gives you control over your software and infrastructure deployments. With it, you time your releases to meet your business requirements. You’re not hampered by slow, often faulty, manual processes.
Continuous delivery needs a collaborative relationship among all of a project’s stakeholders. When used for modern, full-stack deployments, such a culture is called DevOps. The open, direct communication advocated by DevOps means that everyone involved, such as developers, operations teams and managers, work together to clearly define the code’s purpose and requirements. DevOps also reduces the number of handoffs, which cause delays and wasted effort.
Technologically, you need an automated deployment pipeline. You can think of the pipeline as a series of stages, or quality gates, that each run automated tests whenever you make a change to your code. When software passes the tests in one stage, it is promoted to the next stage. Your confidence in the software’s functionality and stability increases as the code moves through the pipeline. By the time you reach the final production stage, you know you can safely release your latest feature, improvement or bug fix to the world.
With continuous delivery, you will:
- Deploy software quickly. DevOps and automation greatly increase the speed of your deployments.
- Reduce risk. Continuous delivery encourages many small releases rather than infrequent, large releases. Small releases have less chance of going wrong and are easier to fix if there are problems.
- Get feedback faster. Because your software is released quickly and frequently, you’ll get timely feedback on your changes.
Jump-start your adoption of continuous delivery with Chef Automate. Chef Automate provides an automated workflow that encapsulates a set of DevOps principles Chef has defined and refined over its years of experience working with enterprise customers.
Chef Automate lets you manage changes to both infrastructure and application code, giving your operations and development teams a common platform for developing, testing, and deploying cookbooks, applications, and more. If each of your teams has a different way of deploying software, with their own scripts and hardware, unify the release process with Chef Automate.
Chef Automate accelerates the adoption of continuous delivery and encourages DevOps collaboration. It provides a proven, reproducible workflow for managing changes as they flow through the pipeline from a local workstation, through automated tests, and out into production.
Chef Automate handles many types of software. Use it to:
- Upload new and updated cookbooks to the Chef server that manages your infrastructure and applications
- Publish new and updated cookbooks to a Chef Supermarket installation
- Release source code or build artifacts to a repository such as GitHub
- Push build artifacts to production servers in real time