Published: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

We suggest approaching GitOps with a degree of care, especially with regard to branching strategies. GitOps can be seen as a way of implementing infrastructure as code that involves continuously synchronizing and applying infrastructure code from Git into various environments. When used with a "branch per environment" infrastructure, changes are promoted from one environment to the next by merging code. While treating code as the single source of truth is clearly a sound approach, we're seeing branch per environment lead to environmental drift and eventually environment-specific configs as code merges become problematic or even stop entirely. This is very similar to what we've seen in the past with long-lived branches with GitFlow.