May 27th, 2020

The U.S. Military Fights Many Battles — Its Development Environment Shouldn’t Be One

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The Coder Team


Building an agile DevSecOps program presents unique challenges when you are the Department of Defense — from procuring Government Furnished Equipment to conforming with heightened security requirements to scaling your operations to DoD levels. Coder provides solutions to these and other issues making it a key component of your DevSecOps program.

Coder moves software development to the cloud, delivering consistent, secure, and performant environments to development teams.

Coder provisions remote development environments on your organization’s infrastructure that can be accessed securely from any device with a browser, even in air-gapped deployments. Each development environment is created from a predefined image, eliminating installation and setup overhead.

Coder automates, powers, and secures the development environment letting your engineers focus on what’s important: writing code and analyzing data.

Leverage the Power of the Cloud Coder runs on Kubernetes and is platform and infrastructure agnostic. Run it in the cloud using AWS GovCloud, Azure, Google Cloud, or other platforms. Or if security policies prohibit their use, deploy it on your own infrastructure.

Enable Continuous Authorization to Operate Development environments on Coder are created using authorized, hardened Docker images — fully compatible with the Sidecar Container Security Stack protocol. If a patch or upgrade is applied to the Docker image it is instantly rolled out to all end-users. Authorize once, use many times.

Mitigate Risks Source code and development actions are centralized to mitigate risk. Your code and data stay where they belong, secured on the cluster or in authorized repositories — not on individuals’ laptops — thereby limiting the blast radius of lost or compromised GFEs or personal devices. Coder even works seamlessly within the most restrictive air-gapped environments, providing productivity in zero-trust environments for developers and data scientists.

Deploy with Speed and Precision Most developers spend between 2–8 hours, and sometimes more, setting up a new dev environment and they do so multiple times a year. With Coder, it takes seconds. New team members can be onboarded almost instantly. Because the environments are created from centralized Docker images, each environment is consistent.

Code Using any Device With Coder, the IDE itself is run within the remote development environment while the IDE’s graphical layer is rendered directly in the browser. Developers can securely access their development environment from any device with a browser, even non-GFE.

Stay Productive During a Crisis Whether your team is facing a forced evacuation due to a mass weather event or a stay-at-home mandate, the team must continue to operate. With Coder, your developers can work safely from wherever they are through a browser. Enable secure software development from anywhere, on any device, in any situation.

Manage Users and Audit Centrally Users are managed from the dashboard. Easily create teams to enable collaboration. Extensive auditing allows security reviewers to identify insider threats quickly.

Support Massive Scale Training Coder empowers training at scale. Students spend time learning how to code, not struggling to build their environments. Instructors spend time teaching, not troubleshooting students’ device configurations.

Built by Engineers for Engineers Coder provides multi-editor support allowing developers the freedom to use the IDEs they already know and love, including VSCode, Jupyter Notebook, IntelliJ, Eclipse, and PyCharm, all accessible through the browser.

Learn more about how Coder can support the DoD Software Factory.

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27 May 2020


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