Harness GitOps-as-a-Service Released
September 15, 2022

Harness announced the general availability of fully managed Harness GitOps-as-a-Service to enable enterprise continuous delivery (CD) workflows for application and infrastructure deployments.

Harness GitOps-as-a-Service brings enterprise controls to GitOps deployments with governance, reliability, and visibility at scale.

Developers face the growing complexity of application development in microservices architecture with the demand for even more frequent application deployments. GitOps uses Git— the most widely-used modern version control system in the world today— as the single source of truth for container-based continuous integration and continuous deployment, allowing development teams to increase velocity and improve system reliability. However, most existing GitOps solutions today lack the controls, visibility, security, and scalability required by enterprise customers.

Harness GitOps-as-a-Service, built on the popular Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-incubated open source Argo CD project—delivers the lightning fast deployments and lightweight operation developers love, and takes it to the next level with enterprise-grade security, governance and scale.

Key capabilities include:

Deploy with confidence at scale:
- GitOps-as-a-Service makes it easy to scale across an organization because the entire set up process can be orchestrated in a declarative manner.
- The addition of pull request pipelines makes it easy to propagate changes across multiple services and environments without having to individually manage each deployment by adding a layer of pipeline orchestration on top of standard GitOps deployments.

Control over governance and security, with Harness's OPA (Open Policy Agent) integration:
- Policy-as-Code to create, manage, and enforce policies across software delivery processes, governing pipelines, and deployments
- Includes audit trails, fine-grained role-based access control (RBAC), and unified SSO

Centralized Visibility and Management:
- Custom reporting and dashboards with visibility that allow teams to manage and view all deployments directly
- Developer teams can drill down into granular service and environment details to check the status of services and monitor deployment health

Flexibility:
- GitOps-as-a-Service lets developers start with a hosted Argo CD solution or they can bring their own Argo CD instances

"GitOps is becoming the industry paradigm for continuous software delivery, providing a solution for developers who have struggled to identify a frictionless deployment solution. While many organizations like the convenience of GitOps and Argo, they must meet security and governance requirements that Argo does not provide," said Jyoti Bansal, CEO and co-founder at Harness. "Harness GitOps-as-a-Service delivers on our promise to provide the most comprehensive CD solution available to developers, including security, governance and scalability, without tradeoff."

Harness GitOps-as-a-Service expands on the foundation laid with Harness GitOps™ earlier this year, building a layer of pipeline orchestration on top of a standard GitOps approach and adding centralized management for full visibility into multiple services and Kubernetes clusters. Harness GitOps-as-a-Service is available with the Harness Continuous Delivery (CD) module at no additional cost.

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