The Problems with GitOps — And How to Fix Them

The Problems with GitOps — And How to Fix Them

In here, you'll see the problems with GitOps and the way to fix them. GitOps is a way to manage the state of systems, through definitions of the desired state stored in Git. But for this post, we’ll focus on what needs fixing.

GitOps is a way to manage the actual state of systems, through definitions of the desired state stored in Git. You probably already know what GitOps is and all its benefits. If you don’t, please watch What Is GitOps And Why Do We Want It?. For this post, we’ll ignore the good and focus on the bad and the ugly.

In a follow-up post, I will argue that GitOps as an idea is great, but that we are not even close to having that idea be useful in a practical sense. I will even go as far as to say that there is a lot of work to be done and that we need to hit the reset button. For now, let me focus on the issues we are facing with GitOps.

Let me give you a summary of the issues:

  • GitOps is misunderstood.
  • GitOps is NOT only about Kubernetes.
  • GitOps tools are NOT promoting GitOps principles.
  • We are often not even able to apply GitOps principles in GitOps tools.
  • We do NOT have the tools that reflect changes happening inside clusters in Git.
  • Observability is immature.
  • There are no well-established patterns.
  • The connection between Continuous Delivery and GitOps is not yet well established.
  • Running GitOps at scale is challenging.
  • Managing secrets is a big issue.

Let’s now go down the rabbit hole and see the pain we are facing when adopting GitOps.


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