Concourse for PCF

Automate Testing and Deployment of Your Software and Platform

Modernize how you deliver your cloud-native software with Concourse for PCF. Model and visualize your build & delivery process as a pipeline. Automate build steps that run in isolation for dependable results. Interact with a wide variety systems in your pipelines. Teams that run Concourse deliver their software with high frequency and predictable quality.

Build with Dependable Results

With Concourse, each build-run is clean. Pipelines run the same way locally, and in any cloud. Your unit tests work the same as build runs. Easily switch cloud providers.

Release Software with High Velocity

Practice test-driven development and continuous delivery by automating your testing and release process with every commit. Help your team find and resolve issues faster.

Deliver like a Cloud Native

Add a “release to production” pipeline. Ensure setup tasks happen consistently. Automate regression testing. Simplify consumption of hotfixes and minor releases. Always keep your software up to date!

Concourse Overview

Concourse is an open source continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) system designed for teams that practice test-driven development and continuous delivery. Teams automate delivery of their software as pipelines which execute testing, packaging, and deployment as often as every commit. Concourse pipelines are configured via YAML, which can be versioned controlled as part of the project code. Pipelines can scale to projects of any complexity. Pipelines are displayed visually to show the status of build runs. Concourse provides dependable, repeatable results that behave the same in any Concourse deployment, on any cloud. Concourse provides a wide variety of predefined integrations with external systems, and an open approach for defining custom integrations. Teams that adopt Concourse deliver their software reliably and with high velocity.

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Integration Features

BOSH-releases based on curated versions of the Concourse open source project.

Deploy within a separate BOSH Director independent from PCF environments.

Automate build and delivery of applications in PCF or between multiple deployments.

Automate operational lifecycle processes for multiple PCF deployments including installation, update, and monitoring of Cloud Foundry components.

Each “team” defined within an instance of Concourse for PCF counts as one Service Instance (SI) of Pivotal Services Suite for PCF.

“Before Concourse, we had trouble keeping all of our environments consistent, and that led to a poor developer experience. If an app pushed in one environment but failed to stage in another because the Java buildpack was different, that’s a poor developer experience and that’s something that would slip through the cracks before we brought in Concourse.”

Josh Stone, Senior DevOps Platform Engineer, Verizon

How it Works

Concourse for PCF is a BOSH-release deployed by an independent BOSH director. This is because Concourse for PCF is used for both application and platform operation CI/CD processes that can span across multiple PCF deployments.

Follow instructions for preparing a cloud environment for a BOSH deployment. Prepare your manifest to reflect the configuration you want to deploy, and then bosh deploy the latest version of Concourse for PCF from network.pivotal.io.

A few options to consider are:

  • Whether you want to install a load balancer and scale up to multiple web components to handle heavier usage.
  • Use the default configuration for an internally managed database, or to connect to an externally managed database.
  • Whether you want to encrypt the database
  • Whether you want to use Vault for credential management
  • How to configure authentication and authorization: (Concourse-managed, GitHub managed, or Cloud Foundry UAA-managed)

Whenever you want to update Concourse or change your deployment configuration, simply redeploy with BOSH again after downloading the latest version of Concourse and updating your configuration manifest.

Once you are deployed and your team authentication is set up, Concourse is available to your teams to begin building their delivery pipelines.

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