Argo CD is a declarative, GitOps continuous delivery tool for Kubernetes that automates the deployment of applications to multiple environments with built-in rollback capabilities. The Argo CD operator extends the functionality of Argo CD by allowing it to be deployed and managed within Kubernetes as a Kubernetes custom resource.
The Argo CD operator simplifies the process of deploying and managing Argo CD in Kubernetes, by providing a declarative way to manage the Argo CD installation, as well as its dependencies and associated resources. The operator provides a set of Kubernetes custom resource definitions (CRDs) that allow users to define the desired state of their Argo CD deployment and manage it as a Kubernetes object.
Argo CD operator can help with CI/CD automation by automating the deployment of applications to different environments, such as staging and production. With Argo CD, users can define the desired state of their application deployments in a Git repository and trigger automated deployments based on changes to the repository. This is a concept called "GitOps", where the configuration and state of infrastructure is managed and automated through Git workflows.
Argo CD also provides several built-in features that can help with CI/CD automation, such as the ability to roll back to a previous deployment if a new deployment fails or causes issues. It can also integrate with external tools like Jenkins, GitLab, and other CI/CD pipelines to automate the build and deployment process.
In summary, the Argo CD operator simplifies the deployment and management of Argo CD in Kubernetes, and Argo CD itself can help with CI/CD automation by automating application deployments to multiple environments using GitOps principles, and provides features for rollback and integration with external CI/CD pipelines.