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Reformation of Deployment Cycle for Bosch Classic Cars Portal

Introduction

“No future without a past” as they say at Bosch Classics, which is the central hub for the German vintage car drivers community.

Designing and developing Bosch Classic Cars web portal, the K&C team assisted in consolidating more than 19 000 old car fans in order to foster the social mission of Bosch Group, along with providing vintage car drivers with numerous offline and online services of the Bosch Automotive division.

The challenge

The ever-expanding user base of Bosch Automotive Tradition required a highly responsive web solution with frequent updates. K&C architects and programmers had to figure out how to integrate the new portal organically into the legacy web environment of Bosch, as well as how to make frequent updates in the most efficient way.

Where DevOps arrived

The traditional manual approach of Bosch Automotive Tradition of deployment and operation made frequent portal updates difficult, having neither DevOps infrastructure nor continuous integration principles for optimization of the application deployment process. The K&C team clearly realized that such a multi-data source system as the Bosch Classic Cars portal required rapid responses to different logic changes. DevOps techniques provided the opportunity of increasing the release frequency along with improving the deployment process stability at the same time.

Solution

When the general approach to the project was approved with the client, K&C started the implementation. K&C programmers began with reviewing the existing server infrastructure, figuring out what alterations were to be made in order to implement the continuous integration practices.

It was necessary to integrate the following servers:
QUALITY ASSURANCE SERVER
DEMO SERVER FOR USER ACCEPTANCE TESTING
PRODUCTION FAILOVER SOLUTION

The CI and auto testing technologies corresponded directly to both the requirements of the client and K&C’s own vision of how the project should be realized. In contrast to the client’s traditional practices, the safe deployment technologies used by K&C have reduced the “go-to-market” period by an order of magnitude. The following practices were implemented:

Automated backups
Zero downtime (blue-green) deployment and instant rollback
Multiple containers for running the product components

Applying such DevOps technologies as Docker, Git, Jenkins, and Artifactory allowed K&C to achieve significant speeding up of update releases, in addition to much better detecting and fixing of bugs through automated tests and freeing resources for other development goals appeared as a positive result.

What both parties achieved

The adaptation of the new release process took about a month. As a result of DevOps implementation, K&C was able to significantly reduce deployment time and introduce a staging environment for three-level acceptance testing.

From a business perspective, implementation of DevOps allowed to deliver a flexible, responsive, and reliable, like a German car, web portal capable of meeting all users’ expectations.

Being an expert in advanced DevOps technologies, K&C has demonstrated a trusted partnership to Bosch Automotive Tradition, and its ability to follow the newest trends in web development. Since both parties were satisfied with the project results, the cooperation between companies continues today.

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