GitLab: Helping customers accelerate digital transformation

About GitLab

As an all remote workplace, GitLab offers a single application for the entire DevOps life cycle, from project planning and source code management to CI/CD and monitoring. GitLab is also a Google Cloud Technology Partner.

Industries: Technology
Location: United States

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Rackspace Technology
As the first premier managed services partner for Google Cloud, Rackspace Technology helps customers get the most from the agility, flexibility, and scalability the cloud offers. With Rackspace Managed Services, your Google Cloud deployment is managed by certified experts and supported 24/7/365.

Intel
Intel Corporation, a Google Cloud Technology Partner, is known for being a market leader and one of the world’s best-known chip producers, but Intel does much more. Harnessing the capability of the cloud and the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges.

Google Cloud and Rackspace Technology, enabled by Intel technologies, are helping GitLab solve for velocity, enabling customers to build and release their software products faster.

Google Cloud results

  • Gives GitLab customers the ability to ship code faster, scale bigger, and run seamlessly
  • Improves performance and uptime for hosted GitLab.com services
  • Satisfies increasing customer demand for cloud-native architectures

1.5x improvement in deployment speed on the service level

Most companies today are software companies, leveraging their data to create apps that enhance the customer experience. Integrating software development with IT operations (DevOps) can enable companies to move faster and release high-quality software more often. However, DevOps can be complex, especially if development and operations teams are using disparate applications.

More than 100,000 organizations around the globe turn to GitLab, a single application spanning the entire DevOps life cycle. By enabling concurrent DevOps, GitLab allows customers to plan, build, test, and ship their best software faster.

“We partner with Rackspace Technology because we have the utmost respect for the way they treat customers. We also know that many of our customers will need a managed services partner for their cloud journey. Rackspace has the scale, the skills, and the culture to help our customers get to where they need to be.”

Brandon Jung, Vice President Alliances, GitLab

GitLab offers its users two deployment choices: a software-as-a-service offering hosted by GitLab called GitLab.com, or a self-managed instance that can be deployed on-premises, in the public cloud, or almost anywhere. GitLab sought partners that could provide superior hosting, service, and support to provide a better hosted option. The company decided to move its hosted GitLab.com service from Azure to Google Cloud enabled by Intel 2nd gen Xeon Scalable Processors, opting for always-on support and service from Rackspace Technology, a managed services partner for Google Cloud.

“We partner with Rackspace Technology because we have the utmost respect for the way they treat customers,” says Brandon Jung, Vice President Alliances at GitLab. “We also know that many of our customers will need a managed services partner for their cloud journey. Rackspace has the scale, the skills, and the culture to help our customers get to where they need to be.”

“Working with Google Cloud and Rackspace Technology lets us offer customers three essential capabilities for digital transformation. We help customers develop and quickly ship their software, Google Cloud makes sure that their code can run, scale, and stay available, and Rackspace provides the support engine for the entire platform.”

Brandon Jung, Vice President Alliances, GitLab

Three essentials for digital transformation

Since GitLab moved its GitLab.com service to Google Cloud, performance has improved, security is enhanced, and availability increased by 61 percent. To make it easy for self-managed users to set up Kubernetes for GitLab in the public cloud, GitLab announced native integration with Google Kubernetes Engine, giving users a simple way to deploy applications on Google Cloud with just a few clicks.

“Kubernetes is a big deal to developers, and Google Cloud gives us a really good underlying infrastructure and a consistent platform to deploy to,” says Jung. “Without Google Kubernetes Engine, shipping and securing code would be a much more difficult process than it is today.”

GitLab and Google Cloud are aiming to lower the barrier of adoption for customers looking to architect scalable, cloud-native solutions. With this goal in mind, GitLab is also giving customers an easy-to-use front end to Anthos, a hybrid and multi-cloud platform based on Kubernetes. Customers can now deploy workloads to Anthos using the same GitLab-based developer workflows they’re already familiar with, helping them build and modernize applications even faster.

“Working with Google Cloud and Rackspace Technology lets us offer customers three essential capabilities for digital transformation,” says Jung. “We help customers develop and quickly ship their software, Google Cloud makes sure that their code can run, scale, and stay available, and Rackspace provides the support engine for the entire platform.”

Connecting the world’s largest all-remote company

GitLab is the largest all remote company in the world, pioneering a new way of working that many other successful companies are now embracing. It carefully chooses technology partners that can help enable and empower GitLab’s collaborative culture. To allow employees and contributors in 50 countries to collaborate and feel part of the same team, GitLab uses G Suite, relying on Docs to structure meetings, co-edit documents, and share information.

“We’re a global 24/7 company, and we work asynchronously using G Suite,” says Tina Sturges, Manager of Partner and Channel Marketing at GitLab. “That’s some of the beauty that we have, and it’s a big part of why we’re successful. We can have people in all these countries, across multiple time zones, and it all just works.”

Rackspace further fosters the all-remote team collaboration for GitLab, as it provides its services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and anywhere necessary globally.

“Our GitLab.com instance is the largest GitLab instance in the world, and it runs seamlessly on Google Cloud. Rackspace Technology can help any customer build, ship, and patch like we do, because they see it every day at scale. If they can do it for us, they can do it for you.”

Brandon Jung, Vice President Alliances, GitLab

Managing the largest DevOps environments

In today’s world, business success is inextricably linked to successful software development, which requires the ability to execute on a vision rapidly and reliably. Running GitLab instances on Google Cloud with Rackspace Managed Services gives companies a proven way to accelerate their development velocity at enterprise scale. No matter where a company is on their cloud journey, Rackspace Technology can help them scale on Google Cloud.

Says Brice Wilkinson, GitLab’s account executive at Rackspace: “Rackspace Technology can help companies of any size accelerate their digital transformation, consolidate technical debt, and realize more value from Google Cloud. They won’t be bottlenecked, because they have a partner like Rackspace that’s ready to help.”

“Our GitLab.com instance is the largest GitLab instance in the world, and it runs seamlessly on Google Cloud,” says Jung. “Rackspace Technology can help any customer build, ship, and patch like we do, because they see it every day at scale. If they can do it for us, they can do it for you.”

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About GitLab

As an all remote workplace, GitLab offers a single application for the entire DevOps life cycle, from project planning and source code management to CI/CD and monitoring. GitLab is also a Google Cloud Technology Partner.

Industries: Technology
Location: United States

About partners

Rackspace Technology
As the first premier managed services partner for Google Cloud, Rackspace Technology helps customers get the most from the agility, flexibility, and scalability the cloud offers. With Rackspace Managed Services, your Google Cloud deployment is managed by certified experts and supported 24/7/365.

Intel
Intel Corporation, a Google Cloud Technology Partner, is known for being a market leader and one of the world’s best-known chip producers, but Intel does much more. Harnessing the capability of the cloud and the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges.