GitLab Updates Approach to Integrating DevOps Workflows


GitLab today took the wraps off a major update to its continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform that embeds analytics tools in workflows to identify the root cause of inefficiencies, among other additional capabilities.

David DeSanto, senior director for product management at GitLab, said that capability is part of an ongoing effort to include value stream analytics within the core GitLab 14 platform as an alternative to acquiring and deploying a separate platform. There are also additional charts and dashboards that enable DevOps teams to uncover bottlenecks over time.

In addition, GitLab announced it is extending the security capabilities of the platform by adding integrations with open source Semgrep and Trivy vulnerability scanning tools as part of an effort to enable organizations to embrace DevSecOps best practices within workflows. GitLab has also added support for the fuzz testing tool it gained via the acquisitions of Fuzzit and Peach Tech to enable DevOps teams to test application security more thoroughly along with making available additional dashboards to track security metrics.

As part of an effort to enable organizations to better secure their software supply chains, GitLab has also added support for immutable pipeline definitions that can’t be altered without specific levels of permissions being granted. That capability also enables DevOps teams to more easily achieve compliance with any number of regulatory frameworks, noted DeSanto.

The company is also adding a pipeline editor that provides access to a visual tool for creating, managing and visualizing pipelines. That tool is designed to both make DevOps more accessible to novices and provide experienced DevOps teams with an alternative tool for managing pipelines in a way that doesn’t require them to write additional code.

Finally, as part of its comprehensive approach to DevOps, GitLab is also making available agent software for Kubernetes clusters to eliminate the need for organizations to acquire a separate DevOps platform to build and deploy cloud-native applications based on microservices constructed using containers. The company now provides IT organizations with the option of crafting a GitOps workflow for Kubernetes using either an agentless or agent-based approach.

Gitlab is betting that, as DevOps continues to evolve and mature, more organizations will prefer to replace the various tools they need to integrate themselves with a platform that lowers the total cost of DevOps. Gartner is forecasting that, by 2023, 40% of organizations will have switched from multiple point solutions to a DevOps value stream delivery platform to streamline application delivery, versus less than 10% using such a platform in 2020. Today, only 10% of organizations are employing such a platform, according to Gartner.

There should also be many more organizations employing DevOps workflows to build applications. Organizations of all sizes now realize how dependent they are on software to drive a wide range of digital business transformation initiatives. The rate at which that software can now be securely developed and updated, in many cases, goes to the heart of their ability to compete. The issue is finding a way to achieve that goal without constructing a platform that ultimately takes time and resources away from building secure software.

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