Implementing and Optimizing Preview Environments in Kubernetes


In the fast-paced world of software development, Kubernetes stands out as an essential tool, particularly in the realm of IT outsourcing services. This second article in our series dives into the use of Kubernetes for creating and managing dynamic preview environments, an integral component in modern software development processes.

The Evolution of Software Development with Kubernetes

Kubernetes is revolutionizing software development by offering a robust platform for various aspects of the software lifecycle, including the creation of isolated environments for feature testing. These environments enable developers to test new features in settings that mirror the primary development setup.

Streamlining the Development Process with GitHub Actions

Our workflow integrates GitHub Actions to automate crucial tasks in software development. These actions handle building and tagging Docker images with each new commit to a Pull Request, followed by pushing them to a registry, maintaining an agile development cycle.

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Jira-Driven Branch Naming Conventions and Automation

In our software development process, we utilize Jira for task and epic management. Each epic created by the project manager is assigned a unique number. We use this epic number as the basis for naming branches across various components of our application, such as the back-end, front-end, and any microservices. This consistent naming convention ensures that our preview environments accurately reflect all changes made across different parts of the application, facilitating comprehensive testing and integration.

ArgoCD and ArgoCD Image Updater: Automating Kubernetes Deployments

ArgoCD, a key GitOps continuous delivery tool, automates the deployment process in our Kubernetes setup. Complementing this, the ArgoCD Image Updater extension periodically checks the registry for new image versions. Upon detecting updates, it automatically adjusts our Helm chart's GitHub Pull Request, ensuring that our applications always run the latest image versions.

CloudNativePg: Enhancing PostgreSQL Database Efficiency in Kubernetes

CloudNativePg significantly optimizes the management of PostgreSQL databases within Kubernetes. It enhances efficiency by rapidly restoring databases from backups stored in Amazon S3 buckets, leveraging Kubernetes' native features for automated scaling and high availability, and optimizing resource utilization for database instances.

Implementing Dynamic Environment Management with AWS Controllers

The AWS Controllers for Kubernetes (ACK) manage AWS resources, such as S3 buckets, directly from Kubernetes. This integration is essential for handling static assets in each preview environment. With ACK, we automate the provisioning and management of these resources, ensuring each environment is self-contained and equipped with necessary assets.

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Addressing OAuth2 Authentication Challenges with a Custom Kubernetes Controller

Our Kubernetes setup faced unique challenges with OAuth2 authentication, especially with third-party limitations on updating redirect URIs. We developed a custom Kubernetes controller that intelligently routes authentication requests, ensuring the same redirect URL functions across all preview environments.

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Best Practices for Managing Kubernetes Environments

  • Consistent Naming Conventions: Essential for streamlined automation in software development.
  • Automated Backup and Restoration: Crucial for data integrity in software development.
  • Resource Optimization: Key for maintaining efficiency in software development, particularly for software outsourcing providers.
  • Security and Compliance: Paramount in all areas of software development.

The Future of Preview Environments in Kubernetes

The ongoing evolution of Kubernetes promises to enhance its capabilities in managing preview environments for software development outsourcing. Future advancements will likely improve scalability, security, and usability.


The integration of Kubernetes with tools like ArgoCD, ArgoCD Image Updater, CloudNativePg, and AWS Controllers offers a comprehensive framework for creating and managing dynamic preview environments. This setup ensures thorough testing of new features, maintaining agility and efficiency in software development. In our next article, we will explore advanced Kubernetes features and best practices, highlighting its applications in various sectors of software development and IT outsourcing services.

Stay tuned for our next installment as we continue to explore the transformative role of Kubernetes in software development and IT outsourcing services.

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