CTOs: why use preview deployments for your team?

Preview deployments are temporary environments created for each code change or feature branch, allowing your team to review, test, and collaborate on changes before they're merged into the main codebase. Implementing this approach can streamline the development process, enhance collaboration, and mitigate risks.

Accelerated development cycles

By enabling faster feedback loops, preview deployments allow your team to identify and address issues more quickly, ultimately speeding up the release of new features.

Improved collaboration

Preview deployments foster real-time collaboration among team members, ensuring that everyone is on the same page and that the final product aligns with your organization's goals.

Reduced risk of bugs and performance issues

Testing features in isolation using preview deployments helps your team catch and fix issues before they reach production, minimizing the risk of introducing bugs or performance problems.

Simplified development process

Preview deployments eliminate the need for complex branching strategies and time-consuming merge conflicts, allowing your team to focus on their tasks with greater clarity and productivity.

Seems great, but what about security?

As a CTO, you're responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of your organization's software development infrastructure. By utilizing preview deployments deployed on servers that your organization controls, rather than relying on third-party services, you can ensure the security of your development workflow.

PullPreview lets you deploy preview environments directly from a GitHub action to your AWS servers. This has the following advantages:

  1. Data Sovereignty: By deploying preview environments on your own AWS servers, you maintain complete control over the storage and handling of your organization's data, be it seeding data, or partial restores of production data.
  2. Custom Security Configurations: When deploying preview environments on your AWS servers, you can enforce custom firewall rules, which may not be available or customizable when using third-party services.
  3. Improved Access Control: By managing preview deployments on your AWS servers with PullPreview, you can restrict SSH access to only a selected number of internal or external users.