KubeVela Releases 1.1: Reaching New Peaks in Cloud-Native Continuous Delivery

Tags: KubeVela, Kubernetes, DevOps, CI/CD, Continuous Delivery, PaaS

By KubeVela Maintainers


This is the first open source project in CNCF that focuses on the full lifecycle continuous delivery experience from abstraction, rendering, orchestration to deployment. This reminds us of Spinnaker, but designed to be simpler, cloud native, can be used with any CI pipeline and easily extended.


The latest DORA survey [1] shows that organizations adopting continuous delivery are more likely to have processes that are more high quality, low-risk, and cost-effective. Though the question is how we can make it more focused and easy to practice. Hence, KubeVela introduces Open Application Model (OAM), a higher level abstraction for modelling application delivery workflow with app-centric, consistent and declarative approach. This empowers developers to continuously verify and deploy their applications with confidence, standing on the shoulders of Kubernetes control theory, GitOps, IaC and beyond.

KubeVela latest 1.1 release is a major milestone bringing more continuous delivery features. It highlights:

Multi-environment, multi-cluster rollout: KubeVela allows users to define the environments and the clusters which application components to deploy to or to promote. This makes it easier for users to manage multi-stage application rollout. For example, users can deploy applications to test environment and then promote to production environment.
Canary rollout and approval gate: Application delivery is a procedural workflow that takes multiple steps. KubeVela provides such workflow on top of Kubernetes. By default, Users can use KubeVela to build canary rollout, approval gate, notification pipelines to deliver applications confidently. Moreover, the workflow model is declarative and extensible. Workflow steps can be stored in Git to simplify management.
Addon management: All KubeVela capabilities (e.g. Helm chart deployment) are pluggable. They are managed as addons [2]. KubeVela provides simple experience via CLI/UI to discover, install, uninstall addons. There is an official addon registry. Users can also bring their own addon registries.
Cloud Resource: Users can enable Terraform addon on KubeVela to deploy cloud resources using the same abstraction to deploy applications. This enables cooperative delivery of application and its dependencies. That includes databases, redis, message queues, etc. By using KubeVela, users don’t need to switch over to another interface to manage middlewares. This provides unified experience and aligns better with the upcoming trends in CNCF Cooperative-Delivery Working Group [3].

That is the introduction about KubeVela 1.1 release. In the following, we will provide deep-dive and examples for the new features.

Multi-Environment, Multi-Cluster Rollout

- name: example-multi-env-policy
type: env-binding
- name: staging
placement: # selecting the cluster to deploy to
name: cluster-staging
selector: # selecting which component to use
- hello-world-server
- name: prod
name: cluster-prod
patch: # overlay patch on above components
- name: hello-world-server
type: webservice
- type: scaler
replicas: 3

Below is a demo for a multi-stage application rollout from Staging to Production. The local cluster serves as the control plane and the rest two are the runtime clusters.

Note that all the resources and statuses are aggregated and abstracted in the KubeVela Applications. Did any problems happen, it will pinpoint the problematic resources for users. This results in faster recovery time and more manageable delivery.

Canary Rollout, Approval, Notification

vela addon enable istio

Then, users just need to define how many batches for the rollout:

- type: rollout
targetSize: 100
- replicas: 10
- replicas: 90

Finally, define the workflow of canary, approval, and notification:

- name: rollout-1st-batch
type: canary-rollout
# just upgrade first batch of component
batchPartition: 0
- revision: reviews-v1
weight: 90 # 90% to the old version
- revision: reviews-v2
weight: 10 # 10% to the new version
- name: approval-gate
type: suspend
- name: rollout-rest
type: canary-rollout
batchPartition: 1
- revision: reviews-v2
weight: 100 # 100% shift to new version

- name: send-msg
type: webhook-notification
url: <your slack webhook url>
text: "rollout finished"

Here is a full demo:

What Comes Next

For more project roadmap information, please see Kubevela RoadMap.

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  1. KubeVela Addon: https://github.com/oam-dev/catalog/tree/master/addons/example
  2. Cooperative Delivery Charter: https://github.com/cncf/tag-app-delivery/blob/master/cooperative-delivery-wg/charter.md

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