Read here to know how is Continuous Delivery different from Continous Deployment!
CI/CD are the two popular acronyms used in the DevOps world. CI stands for Continuous Integration, a basic DevOps practice in which developers merge code changes into a central repository where automated builds and tests run. But what about CD? CD can either mean Continuous Delivery or Continuous Deployment. Here’s more on Continuous Deployment vs Continuous Delivery. Let’s take a look!
What is Continuous Delivery?
Continuous Delivery is the automation of steps to securely and quickly deploy changes into production. It is actually an extension of continuous integration since it automatically deploys all the code changes to the testing and/or production environments after the build stage. Besides automated testing, DevOps teams have an automated release process and teams can deploy applications at any time simply by clicking a button.
What is Continuous Deployment?
Continuous Deployment focuses on the automation of the software for getting deployed across environments or clusters. Any software built has to pass different environments, from non-prod to the staging environment and finally to the production. Continuous Deployment focuses on the path of minimal resistance to get the software into the needed environment(s).
With Continuous Deployment, every change that passes all the different stages of the production pipeline is released to the users. There’s no human intervention, and only a failed test will prevent a new change to be deployed to production.
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What’s the Difference between Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment?
Simply put, Continuous Integration is part of both continuous delivery and continuous deployment. The major difference between Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment is that Continuous Deployment focuses on the actual deployment, and Continuous Delivery focuses on the release and release strategy. Continuous deployment is like continuous delivery, except that releases happen automatically.
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