What should you look for if you want to architect an enterprise-scalable continuous delivery solution?

One of the main things you need to do is have automation processes that can be templatized. This means creating automation in such a way that many teams can consume them while still being consistent.

It’s also important to have a standard place to store and manage our deployable assets or artifacts. Many enterprise-level continuous delivery tools will have their own artifact management system built in, so that’s something to consider when looking for a solution.

Make your life easier by replacing automation scripts with plugins or automations. When you do this, you will no longer have to be responsible for maintaining the scripts and how these deployments work. You’ll be able to rely on the plugin vendor for the upgrades and enhancements of these plugins, which means you don’t have to keep up with every new version of all the tools that you’re integrating with.

Make sure you coordinate deployments across tiers. Some applications can have upward of 50 components, so having orchestration among them is very important.

When selecting a deployment tool, think about the types of deployment you’ll want to handle – each of these requires extra coordination. If you’re just using open source tooling, you’ll have to script that coordination yourself, which can often be fragile and difficult to do.

Don’t forget about security and take into consideration role-based access control. Ensure that the person who requests the approval isn’t the one who is doing the approval.

Lastly, make sure your continuous delivery system is audit-friendly. A good continuous delivery solution should be able to help you with the who/what/when/where/how of deployment automation so you can trace changes from code all the way to production knowing exactly what servers were updated, what versions of those deployable assets were put out there on the target servers, and who did it.

Watch the video below to get more advice on setting up continuous delivery for the enterprise.

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Further Reading
Secure DevOps  /  August 7, 2020
Adding Security to Continuous Delivery
By: Brian Stump, Product Specialist
HCL Launch, together with AppScan on Cloud (ASoC), gives us the ability to automate control of our application security within our overall DevOps lifecycle, including automation, reporting, and release management.
Secure DevOps  /  August 4, 2020
Boost performance with agent relay caching in HCL Launch
By: Hayden Schmackpfeffer, Senior Developer
HCL Launch is designed for the enterprise, of course, and provides features that help you grow while remaining performant.
Secure DevOps  /  July 24, 2020
Making upgrades easier in HCL Launch
By: Max Bellin Warren, Software Developer
HCL Launch is built with a lot of features to make sure your deployments run smoothly. One recent update improves the upgrade experience.
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