Harness Product Update | November 2021

Find out what we've been up to in November!

It’s all in a hard day’s work! Or in our case, a month :D

Even with the holidays, we were able to get 2 huge features out for Feature Flags - and, of course, are making ship happen for the coming weeks/months with interesting updates to CI, CCM, and FF. Pretty cool stuff, right? 

Speaking of stuff(ing), we hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that you were able to spend time with loved ones. 🦃  We’ll see you next month!

New Features

CD

Custom Dashboards

We recently rolled out the capability for users to build robust dashboards for all their deployments using Harness Continuous Delivery. With this capability, users can define their own dashboards, are able to set alerts for the metrics, share the dashboards and easily download/export the data as well. This feature is behind a feature flag. Reach out to our customer success team to try it out!

November 2021 Product Update Custom Dashboards

Access Control for Actions on Manual Intervention 

We added the capability to perform actions on manual intervention for users based on the permissions they have for the corresponding workflow or pipeline. Users with rollback permission only will now be able to perform the rollback action on manual intervention, and users with execute workflow/pipeline permissions will have the ability to abort/continue the workflow execution when it is paused on manual intervention.

Support for Kubectl Version 1.9.2

We now support kubectl 1.9.2 for kubernetes deployments. This is available behind a feature flag. Please reach out to our customer success team to try it out!

Feature Flags

Feature Flag Pipelines 

Ever tried to manage the release of an individual feature? You probably had to schedule the release, go through an approvals process, update lots of tickets, and verify its behavior. And chances are you had to use a different tool or workstream for each. Feature Flag Pipelines change that. All of the above steps (and then some) can be easily stitched into a single feature release workflow and completely automated so all you have to do is code the feature and press “Go.” There’s a Monopoly joke in there somewhere.

November 2021 Product Update: Feature Flag Pipelines

Git Experience for Developers 

A Harness mainstay has always been the ability to work in the application UI or in code, knowing that either way, everything stays in sync. Now this is a reality in Harness Feature Flags as well. Developers can use YAML, GitOps, and config as code to build feature release pipelines, giving developers the flexibility to work with their preferred workflow. For customers using more than just Harness Feature Flags, it also means that the entire SDLC can now be in Git - versioning, audits, build, & release. Happy coding!

November 2021 Product Update: Git Experience

Harness University

New Modules and Courses: 

We have new courses now available at Harness University.

Harness CIE Basics: ​​This course will introduce Harness CIE and walk you through the features, creating a pipeline and using testing intelligence.

Introducing our New Harness Platform Solutions track and its first course: 

Harness Pipelines with CI/CD: This course will create a build pipeline using Harness CI Community for a nginx application and deploy it to a Kubernetes cluster using Harness CD.

Harness University Live:

  • December 13th and 14th 2021: Harness Fundamentals, 9am-12pm PST.
  • December 15th and 16th 2021: Harness Administration, 9am-12pm PST.

To register for December and beyond, view our Live Events calendar

Notable Mentions in the Press

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars & New On-Demand Content 

Looking Ahead

In the next few weeks/months, here’s what’s coming at ya: 

CI

  • Support for AWS EC2 Windows & Linux Instances as Build Infrastructure - Customers will be able to use EC2 machines as their infrastructure in CI stages in case, for example, they need to use windows machines or run Docker commands directly.
  • .Net Support in Test Intelligence - Customers will be able use Test Intelligence with their .Net applications in order to optimize and reduce their unit test execution time. 
  • License View - Users will be able to track their license terms and consumption through the License view in the Harness UI. 

CD

  • Optimizing Helm Chart Polling and Manifest Collection - This will enable customers to use manifest sources in the build workflows and also reduce the polling time for newly-created Helm charts.
  • Support for Non-Containerized Deployments in Azure - Looking to do traditional deployments? You will soon be able to do that! We are expanding our Azure support to include traditional (non-containerized) deployments.
  • Multi-Region and Multi-Cluster Support - Soon, users will be able to set up cloud providers using their Rancher endpoint and credentials, and Harness will use these to perform their Kubernetes deployments on multiple regions and clusters using the same workflow.

FF

  • Proxy Relay - Need to cache your flag state locally in case of outages or for compliance purposes? You’ll be able to do that soon!
  • Public APIs - A big part of making life easier for developers is giving them the tools to work in code. With APIs, they’ll be able to make changes and pull data using API calls in combination with the UI.

CCM

  • Filter by Tags for AutoStopping - Customers will be able to filter managed resources by tags while creating new AutoStopping Rules.
  • Azure VM Inventory Management - Customers will be able to manage their inventory of Azure VMs with dedicated OOTB BI Dashboards, which will include cost, utilization metrics and associated tags.

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