GitLab 13.0 released with Gitaly Clusters, Epic Hierarchy on Roadmaps, and Auto Deploy to ECS

Iteration is the key to resilience

GitLab is enabling IT and business teams to adapt, respond, and thrive. Iteration is the key. To do so you must collaborate rapidly, optimize for efficiency, and automate processes to handle security and compliance while you focus on delivering business value. GitLab 13.0 can help you iterate quickly and with greater insight. At the same time, access to Git repositories is critical, and we have enhanced our Gitaly cluster for high availability Git storage to ensure there are always multiple warm replicas ready to take over if an outage occurs.

Rapidly collaborate and respond across the entire team

GitLab builds upon capabilities that help with collaborative development, reporting, organizing, and managing work. Version control is foundational to collaboration and, with 13.0, we have added version control for snippets. To manage more complex projects, 13.0 allows you to view the epic hierarchy on your roadmap, view how your epics line up with your various milestones, and add a single or multiple milestones to your releases while alerts upon closing an issue with open blockers help you focus on critical path items.

Designers are an important part of the development team. While working on one of the most popular new features, the dark themed web IDE, we learned how to pull designers in to collaborate more closely. At the same time, we moved Design Management to core recognizing users who are designing products as individual contributors.

Optimize for efficiency

As many businesses strive to be more responsive and efficient, GitLab helps streamline existing software development processes. New features aimed at efficiency include things like simplified deployment to Amazon ECS and a new consolidated list of alerts that provides a single interface aggregating IT alerts originating from multiple sources. In addition, Terraform users will rejoice. GitLab 13.0 lets you review the summary of terraform plan in Merge Requests and use GitLab as an HTTP Terraform state backend.

Trust your processes and don’t sacrifice security or compliance

GitLab helps businesses embrace security and compliance controls end-to-end in the software development lifecycle, reducing risk and freeing up resources to focus on business critical needs. Our Application Security Testing capabilities help you find and fix security vulnerabilities earlier and for these, GitLab was just named as a Niche Player in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing. Since Gartner’s evaluation of 12.4, we have added many new features. In 13.0 alone we’ve added the ability to scan REST APIs via DAST and a full commit history scan for secrets for even greater detection. More importantly, we have rearchitected the way we handle vulnerability objects. This enabled the ability to export vulnerabilities from the security dashboard and will unlock many more robust Vulnerability Management capabilities in the future.

In addition to security scanning, GitLab automates policies and, with 13.0, provides more granular control with new features such as setting a deployment freeze with the Freeze Period API to easily prevent an unintended production release during a specified period of time. To simplify audits, you can now filter search for instance-level audit events as part of a the larger epic.

Looking ahead

We are excited about our upcoming releases, particularly features that will help you:

Want to see the complete list of what’s coming out NEXT month? Our roadmap is transparent and always available for you to contribute!

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