The Five Minute Production project has evolved into ⛅🌱 Cloud Seed.
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The objective of the Five Minute Production (5MP) incubation project is to make (non-k8s) deployments trivial for GitLab users. This includes, but is not restricted to, AWS and Google Cloud as deployment targets.
Before 5MP is deeply embedded in GitLab user experience, we must introduce 5MR (Five Minute Review-Apps). 5MR allows non-k8s users to deploy their Review Apps on AWS or Google Cloud.
Building 5MR will let us ship fast and verify the maturity of the pipeline with a test pool of existing Review App users.
Additionally, Review-Apps as a Service (without Kubernetes) is a top backlog item for Incubation Engineering. Focusing on 5MR allows us to make progress across multiple incubation projects.
The original 5MP usage needed manually creating AWS keys and adding them as
Project :: Settings :: CICD variables. This is fine, and will continue to be an acceptable way of functioning.
However, it would be nice if this manual process could be simplified and automated. Thus we would like to offer an option to
Setup AWS Creds or
Setup Google Cloud Creds in the
Group :: Settings :: CICD settings which would make it possible to simplify and automate.
The original 5MP usage required manually
include-ing the pipeline in the project
.gitlab-ci.yml file. This is fine, and will continue to be an acceptable way of functioning.
However, would be nice if this manual process could be simplified and automated based on the model first introduced in the
Secure :: Config section. This means an option is added to
Project :: Settings :: CICD where the maintainer presser a button and an MR is automatically created which appends the relevant lines in the
.gitlab-ci.yml pipeline definition.
We will strip down the original 5MP pipeline to its base-elements and use that for 5MR. Review apps don't need VPCs, Subnets, Resource Groups, Managed Email Service and the likes.
The expectation is that the user brings their own AWS/GCP keys. However someday hosting might be a service offered by GitLab. Let's see.