5. Use a Single Docker Image For All Deployments

Date: 2020-07-07




We currently build an individual docker image for each deployment (dev, stage, and prod) that contains the proper data for that environment. It would save time and testing if we only built a single image that could be promoted to each environment and loaded with the proper data at startup.


We will use a Kubernetes DaemonSet to ensure that a data updater pod is running on each node in a cluster. This pod will keep the database and l10n files updated in a volume that will be used by the other bedrock pods to access the data.

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This change means that bedrock will be more simple to run because each pod will no longer need to be responsible for keeping its data updated, and so it will run only the bedrock web process and not also the updater daemon. It also means that there is a risk of a bedrock pod being run on a node that hasn’t had the updater pod run yet, so there would be no available data. We will handle this by ensuring that bedrock won’t start when the data isn’t available, and so k8s will not send traffic to those pods until they’re successfully up and responding, and will keep trying to start pods on the node untill they succeed.