We’ve learnt over the last 1-2 years that there are many different kinds of Kubernetes cluster and ways of setting up things like Ingress, DNS, domains, certificates which leads to complexity in the current jx create cluster and jx install commands.
Plus its now recommended to use tools like Terraform to manage all of your cloud resources: creating/updating Kubernetes clusters, cloud storage buckets, service accounts, KMS etc.
We found we had lots of different bits of install logic spread across all kinds of different ways of installing (e.g. jx create cluster, jx install, the use of the –gitops flag together with the different ways of managing production secrets - that were hard to test and keep solid.
Users often struggled with understanding how to easily configure and override things; or upgrade values after things have been installed.
So we wanted to come up with a new cleaner approach which worked for every kind of installation and provided a standard way to extend and customise the configuration via Jenkins X Pipelines and Helm style configuration.
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