What is GitOps?

GitOps is a set of best practices applied to a workflow reconciling a declared system state or configuration according to data stored in a git repository. These practices leverage a source control system like Git as the “single source of truth” and extend this practice to applications, infrastructure, and operational procedures.

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Existing processes for infrastructure configuration management can face challenges such as configuration drift, failed deployments, relying on a system's previous state for success, missing documentation, or unknown development history. Adopting a GitOps workflow can help alleviate these issues.

GitOps is a paradigm that can be applied to a workflow to help manage an application and cloud system infrastructure. It gives organizations several advantages such as better coordination, transparency, stability, and reliability of a system. Operating in a close loop ensures the current live state of a system matches against the desired target state, specified in the git repository.

GitOps Use Cases

Continuous delivery of application configurations

Applying Progressive Release strategies

Rolling out infrastructure to Kubernetes

Deploying to multiple Kubernetes clusters

Quick disaster recovery

Synchronizing secrets

Detecting configuration drift

Introducing secure separation of concerns

GitOps Benefits



Instant rollout and rollback


Self-documented code (Infrastructure as Code)


Increased stability and reliability

How Your Teams Benefit?

Business Team

Engineering Team

Platform Team

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