Infrastructure management

With the rise of DevOps and SRE approaches, infrastructure management becomes codified, automatable, and software development best practices gain their place around infrastructure management too. On one hand, the daily tasks of classical operations people changed and are more similar to traditional software development. On the other hand, software engineers are more likely to control their whole DevOps lifecycle, including deployments and delivery.

GitLab offers various features to speed up and simplify your infrastructure management practices.

Infrastructure as Code

GitLab has deep integrations with Terraform to run Infrastructure as Code pipelines and support various processes. Terraform is considered the standard in cloud infrastructure provisioning. The various GitLab integrations help you:

  • Get started quickly without any setup.
  • Collaborate around infrastructure changes in merge requests the same as you might with code changes.
  • Scale using a module registry.

Learn more about how GitLab can help you run Infrastructure as Code.

Integrated Kubernetes management

GitLab has special integrations with Kubernetes to help you deploy, manage and troubleshoot third-party or custom applications in Kubernetes clusters. Auto DevOps provides a full DevSecOps pipeline by default targeted at Kubernetes based deployments. To support all the GitLab features, GitLab offers a cluster management project for easy onboarding. The deploy boards provide quick insights into your cluster, including pod logs tailing.

Learn more about the GitLab integration with Kubernetes.

Runbooks in GitLab

Runbooks are a collection of documented procedures that explain how to carry out a task, such as starting, stopping, debugging, or troubleshooting a system.

Read more about how executable runbooks work in GitLab.