Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:35

GitLab 14 released bringing modern DevOps in one platform


GitLab Inc today released version 14, the next iteration of its application, providing a complete DevOps end-to-end platform.

The major new features GitLab 14 brings are increased development velocity, built-in application security for risk mitigation, and visibility into DevOps success.

GitLab states its platform is so complete that global organisations can advance their DevOps adoption, replacing all kinds of disparate technologies and toolchains with GitLab by itself.

The organisation's recent 5th annual DevSecOps report found 60% of developers are releasing code twice as fast as ever before because of DevOps. This fact, and the rise of remote work over the pandemic, means the need for a modern DevOps platform is apparent.

“With the rise of remote work and increased focus on digital transformation, businesses today are grappling with siloed teams and pressure to deliver secure software at extraordinary speeds to compete within the market,” said Scott Williamson, Chief Product Officer at GitLab. “With the product innovation leading up to GitLab 14 and our product plans for the future, we will continue to work to push the industry forward by providing a modern DevOps Platform in a single application so companies can bring together their teams in one place enabling them to innovate and accelerate their software development processes.”

GitLab allows teams to use one tool for source code management (SCM), continuous integration (CI), and continuous delivery (CD) making teams more efficient and productive with streamlined collaboration.

Key focus areas and development features include the pipeline editor and GitLab Kubernetes agent.

Instrumenting systems to surface meaningful metrics is difficult and time-consuming, but GitLab’s CI/CD dashboard, deployment frequency charts, and monitoring means organisations will gain confidence in their ability to drive team performance and competitive advantage. The tools give visibility on lead time for changes, change failure rate, deployment frequency, time to restore service (collectively known as the DORA4 metrics), and supporting value stream analytics that identifies and breaks down bottlenecks.

New and upcoming metrics and reporting features include value stream analytics, deployment frequency charts and monitoring, and CI/CD efficiency.

GitLab's platform also empowers development teams to efficiently create secure code, security teams to have better visibility into security risks, and compliance teams to have audibility from the first line of code written through to deployment in production.

New and upcoming security and compliance features include Fuzz testing, security dashboards and vulnerability reports, compliance pipeline configurations, and modern vulnerability scanning.

GitLab 14 is available now for both SaaS and on-premises customers.

Contributor George Tsiolis

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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