[GeoNode-devel] Officially support Docker as a deployment method for production

Alessio Fabiani alessio.fabiani at geo-solutions.it
Wed Apr 4 01:21:34 PDT 2018

+1 on root password security encryption
-1 on having a role service bounded to the local DB. We should really use
the standard REST based role service here.


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2018-04-04 2:33 GMT+02:00 Olivier Dalang <olivier.dalang at gmail.com>:

> Dear all,
> Following some discussions that happened during the summit, I opened a
> GNIP about officially supporting Docker as a deployment strategy:
> https://github.com/GeoNode/geonode/issues/3707
> For convenience, I copied the content below.
> Following the procedure, please add your comments/+1s/-1s directly in the
> Thank you in advance !
> Olivier Dalang
> GNIP :
> # Overview
> The idea of this GNIP is to officially support a production-grade
> deployment method using Docker. By production-grade, it is meant a
> deployment solution that satisfies basic needs in terms of performance and
> security.
> # Rationale
> 1. There's currently no clear deployment method supported for production
> (there's an entry about that in the doc, but it's incomplete and very hard
> to follow) which results on a lot of very poorly secured installations
> 2. Docker works on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X)
> 3. It's very easy to use (basically, start the whole stack in 1 command
> line, almost identical on any system)
> 4. It's very easy to make new releases (basically one git tag)
> 5. Similar setup for dev and production
> 6. It's possible to include features that are not strictly part of
> Geonode, but still essential for a production ready deployment (https
> encryption, backups...)
> Points 1. and 6. are a major problem for smaller institutions that don't
> have advanced sysadmins / security experts, which represents a lot of
> Geonode user (just look at the Geonode gallery and at how many of them use
> https).
> # Implementation
> I suggest an implementation similar to https://github.com/
> olivierdalang/SPCgeonode (as presented [earlier](https://lists.osgeo.
> org/pipermail/geonode-devel/2018-March/002108.html) on the ML)
> - Basically a Geonode-project (so that it's easy to customize, you can
> still get the vanilla geonode if you don't customize anything)
> - Including customized Dockerfile (such as Nginx, Geoserver, etc.)  in the
> same repo rather than in external repositories, so that releasing new
> versions can be done all in one place and that it's easier to know what's
> actually being installed
> - Including automatic ssl encryption and easy to configure backups using
> popular cloud provider
> - Optionally maintain a Rancher catalog entry (which is almost 0 work)
> I suggest mentioning that deployment method on the home page, making it
> clear that the apt-get method isn't production-ready out of the box.
> # Repository
> This could probably live in the Geonode-project repository.
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