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Version: v1.3

Introduction

What is KubeVela?

KubeVela is a modern software delivery control plane. The goal is to make deploying and operating applications across today's hybrid, multi-cloud environments easier, faster and more reliable.

Key Features

  • Deployment as Code

    Declare your deployment plan as workflow, run it automatically with any CI/CD or GitOps system, extend or re-program the workflow steps with CUE. No add-hoc scripts, no dirty glue code, just deploy. The deployment workflow in KubeVela is powered by Open Application Model.

  • Built-in security and compliance building blocks

    Choose from the wide range of LDAP integrations we provided out-of-box, enjoy multi-cluster authorization that is fully automated, pick and apply fine-grained RBAC modules and customize them per your own supply chain requirements.

  • Multi-cloud/hybrid-environments app delivery as first-class citizen

    Progressive rollout across test/staging/production environments, automatic canary, blue-green and continuous verification, rich placement strategy across clusters and clouds, fully managed cloud environments provision.

KubeVela vs. Other Software

KubeVela vs. CI/CD (GitHub Actions, GitLab, CircleCI, Jenkins, etc.)

KubeVela is a continuous delivery platform that works at downstream of your CI process. So you will reuse the CI process you already adopted, and KubeVela will take over CD process by empowering it with modern application delivery best practices, such as declarative deployment plan as workflow, hybrid/multi-cloud resource provision/binding, security and compliance, and much more. It natively supports GitOps if you want.

Feel free to check the Integrating with Jenkins or GitOps documentation for more details.

KubeVela vs. GitOps (ArgoCD, FluxCD, etc.)

KubeVela adopts your GitOps process and improves it by adding multi-cluster/hybrid-cloud capabilities:

  • KubeVela has a user-friendly workflow that allows you to extend, re-program or share any of your delivery process, including security and compliance flows.
  • KubeVela regards multi-cloud/hybrid-environments app delivery as first-class citizen, it provides rich deployment strategies across clusters and clouds with fully managed cloud environments provision.

KubeVela vs. PaaS (Heroku, Cloud Foundry, etc.)

KubeVela is not a PaaS, but you can use it to add PaaS-like features to your application delivery process:

  • A simple deployment abstraction for the developer
  • A catalog of possible customizations(addons), managed by the platform team
  • On-demand staging or development environments

Using KubeVela is a good way to get many of the benefits of a PaaS (developer productivity and peace of mind), without giving up any flexibility to take full control over your infrastructure and tooling.

KubeVela vs. Helm

Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes that provides package, install, and upgrade a set of YAML files for Kubernetes as a unit.

KubeVela as a modern software delivery control plane can naturally deploy Helm charts. For example, you could use KubeVela to define an application that is composed by a WordPress chart and a AWS RDS Terraform module, orchestrate the components' topology, and then deploy them to multiple environments following certain strategy.

Of course, KubeVela also supports other encapsulation formats including Kustomize etc.

KubeVela vs. Kubernetes

KubeVela is a modern application delivery system built with cloud native stack. It leverages Open Application Model and Kubernetes as control plane to resolve a hard problem - making shipping applications enjoyable.

Welcome onboard and sail Vela!

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