Unlimited Staging Environments with Kubernetes

Erik OstermanCI/CD, Cloud Technologies, Meetup0 Comments


Last week we had the pleasure of listening to David Huie present at the DevOps Mastermind at WeWork Promenade. David is an infrastructure engineer at Dollar Shave Club, where he’s helping DSC shave the world using Kubernetes. He presented how they’ve achieved the Holy Grail of QA automation: running “Unlimited Staging Environments with Kubernetes.”

Problem

In modern micro-services architectures, there is a serious need for ad-hoc staging environments since it’s often infeasible for developers to run the entire stack on their laptops. At the same time, static staging environments can be difficult to scale as an organization’s infrastructure and engineering team grow.

Solution

To counter this effect, Dollar Shave Club created a Kubernetes-based system to enable an unlimited number of environments, bounded only by the capacity of the underlying Kubernetes cluster running some 38 nodes! At its core, is an Open Source project called Furan which rapidly builds Docker containers in Docker (DnD). Using their CI/CD system and an in-house tool called Amino, they are then able to automatically spawn environments composed of many independent projects, where each project is pegged to a specific version (e.g. branch or tag).

Outcome

The company is able to iterate much faster which has sped up application delivery at DSC.

About the Speaker

Prior to joining Dollar Shave Club, David’s worked at Splice, NationBuilder, and Yelp. David has a degree in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College.

Follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidhuie

Slides

Slides from the presentation are below. We’ll be posting video & transcripts shortly.

Unlimited Staging Environments with Kubernetes

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