Q1 2022 product retrospective - Last quarter's top features
The first quarter of the year has now come to an end, and many exciting things happened here: new features, the start of our V3, new team members, and an exciting team retreat! Today, I will highlight the most exciting features that were shipped from the first of January until the thirty-first of March, so fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the ride! 💜
Albane TonnellierApril 4, 2022 · 4 min read
Albane started as a Product Owner at Qovery and moved to a Product Marketing Manager position, so you can say she is all about the Product.See all articles
We started the year strong by supporting Bitbucket on top of Github and Gitlab, which were already available. Just connect to your Bitbucket account via the Qovery console, and you will be all set up to deploy your Bitbuckets repository.
If you want more information or know what has been done in the first part of January, here is the changelog published at that time.
Sticky session parameter for applications
The rest of January was mainly used for the beginning of the V3, which required much preparation on the Frontend side as we decided to move from Angular to React, but we had the time to develop the sticky session. Highly requested by some of our users, when the sticky session (also called “persistent session”) is activated, you will be redirected by the load balancer to the same instance each time you access the application.
For more insight on the end of January, here was the changelog posted at that time.
Choose/Edit database accessibility
The first part of February was much more split between enhancement of the V2 and the considerable work on the V3, so we had more time to deliver some pretty cool stuff (and you can see it from the changelog that was much longer to read and write).
Here is one useful feature: You always wanted to define the accessibility of our database so that you can control who has access to it? Or have you already created a database but want to change its accessibility? We made it possible!
When you create your database, you now can choose between public or private in the database creation modal and change it after the creation; head to the database setting modal and switch the accessibility from public to private or vice versa.
Wait, did you hear about this feature already? I hope so because, on top of being mentioned in our 10th changelog, there are also a few articles about it, such as “Three ways to easily manage many Kubernetes clusters” or “Kubernetes: how to isolate your production from staging”.
You got it, there are plenty of resources about this fantastic feature, but to summarize, if you want to manage more than one cluster in your organization, you can isolate your “production” from “development” or manage more than one cluster in your organization so that you can improve your infrastructure costs, multi-cluster is for you!
Just head to the “cluster tab” of the organization settings, click on “add cluster”, and let the magic happen.
Here is even a small live demo of what it looks like in the console:
Terraform provider for Qovery
Ok, my goal was to present you with only one essential feature per changelog; however, let’s break the rules because even though this one is also part of the 10th changelog, I couldn’t just add it to the lists of “others”.
Would you like to keep track of the changes across the configuration of your clusters, applications, and databases? Search no more; the Terraform provider for Qovery is here for that!
If you want to go the extra mile on the subject, I’d recommend you to read this article that will tell you all the science behind it.
Deployment rules at “project level”
Time flies when you are in good company! Deployment rules at “project level” were part of the 11th changelog, which was still a usual two weeks sprint but split into three weeks as we had our fantastic team retreat in the middle (if you feel like watching how cool we are, here is a video that has been recorded during our team retreat in the south of France).
Now, what would you want to use Deployment rules at “project level”?
Let’s get straight to the heart of the matter: infrastructure cost! You can now start or stop multiple environments at specific times or on particular git events at the “project level" to optimise those costs. To do that, head to “Project page” > “Settings” > “Deployment tab”, then create, edit or delete your deployment rule. Nb:
- If multiple rules are applied to one environment, the highest rule in the list will be applied to the environment.
- The rules created will be applied only to new environments. Already existing environments are not impacted.
If you want to know more about deployment rules, we have complete documentation to answer your questions.
Cancel an environment building
And it’s a clap 🎬, the last changelog in date to end the quarter well, and we decided to finish with this efficient and straightforward feature here that was highly expected! If you have a building in progress or a building queued (service or environment) and don’t want to deploy it anymore, you can now cancel it, so you don’t lose time and resources.
- Breadcrumbs in console navigation bars
- Display user information
- Add credentials during cluster creation
- Recommendations on the articles page
- Specify buildpack language
- Improve feedback after setting update
- Improve environment and services deployment status visibility
- Import environment variables and secrets
- Do not send emails on cluster upgrade success/fail
- Specify environment mode
- Generate API tokens for users (API only)
- Identify default cluster
- Optimize Monorepository builds/deployments
- New onboarding flow
Do you want to know what’s next? You can find our progression in the Changelog section of our website where we post every two weeks.
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