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Increase App Confidence Using CI/CD and Infrastructure As Code

Published on November 11, 2020

Angel Rivera

Increase App Confidence Using CI/CD and Infrastructure As Code


About the Talk

Ever run code changes through CI/CD and everything passed clean and green in the pipeline checks, then experience undetected critical failures in the live target environment post-deployment?

This scenario is very common and impacts many teams and organizations, even teams with the most rigorous testing practices. In most cases, this behavior can be eliminated by running basic smoke tests on the application live in their target environments. Smoke testing apps in target environments will expose unwanted patterns/behaviors and provide a solid understanding of how the application will perform.

This talk will discuss the advantages of implementing smoke test patterns into CI/CD pipelines using Infrastructure as Code (IaC).

What You’ll Learn

  • How teams can leverage automation to ensure apps are tested live in target environments.
  • How to leverage Infrastructure as Code to provision Kubernetes clusters, deploy apps, and test live then destroy all the resources created in a single CI/CD pipeline run.


About the Presenter

Angel Rivera is a Developer Advocate at CircleCI. He started his career as an US Air Force Space Systems Operations specialist in Cape Canaveral AF Station where he realized his passion for technology and software development. He has extensive experience in the private, public and military sectors and his technical experience includes military/space lift operations, technical writing, software development, and SRE/DevOps engineering. He also has a wealth of experience in defense and federal sectors such as contracting, information systems security and management.

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