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The diagram shows a general overview of the GCP projects, Jenkins CI/CD toolchain and Bitbucket code repositories and how they are integrated within the deployment pipeline.

  • This designs explains the version control systems in Bitbucket

This system allows developers to keep track of the changes in CESSDA software development projects, and enable them to collaborate on those projects or tools. There are two types repositories to be used in the CI/CD process; component and Deployment repositories.

Component repositories are software modules or Microservice projects that are version controlled. The component repository also contain the Dockerfile which builds the Docker image for the module or project.

Deployment repository contains the scripts that run the deployment and also contains some secrets used in the setting up Microservices on clouds.

This design separates the repositories containing the application software (which may be made Open Source at some point) from those containing the deployment scripts and other sensitive elements (which will remain private with write access restricted to the CESSDA Platform team only).

  • The design also explains CESSDA’s CI/CD automation in Jenkins.

Jenkins offers a Continuous Integration or Continuous Delivery environment for source code repositories using pipelines, as well as automating other routine development and deployment tasks. In this design, an upstream job would be created to parametrize the component repository and Deployment repository to form a pipeline that compile, builds, builds images, deploys to development and staging environments as seen in Deployment_Pipeline. Jenkins deploys automatically into the development and staging environments. Jenkins also gives a seamless and more robust way to integrate the entire toolchain for build, test, and deployment.

  • Google Kubernetes Engine GKE

In this design, there are four clusters in total; three for various environments (development, staging and production) in the CI/CD process and the other one (management) which hosts and runs the tools used in the build, testing and deployment process.

GCP Main Project Structure