Deployment Concepts

While the industry has agreed upon high-level definitions of various deployment strategies, the implementations of these strategies tend to differ across tooling. To make it clear how the Argo Rollouts will behave, here are the descriptions of the various deployment strategies implementations offered by the Argo Rollouts.

Rolling Update

A RollingUpdate slowly replaces the old version with the new version. As the new version comes up, the old version is scaled down in order to maintain the overall count of the application. This is the default strategy of the deployment object.


A Recreate deployment deletes the old version of the application before bring up the new version. As a result, this ensures that two versions of the application never run at the same time, but there is downtime during the deployment.

Blue Green

A Blue Green deployment (which is sometimes referred to as a Red-Black) has both the new and old version of the application deployed at the same time. During this time, only the old version of the application will receive production traffic. This allows the developers to run tests against the new version before switching the live traffic to the new version.


A Canary deployment exposes a subset of users (usually 5%) to the new version of the application while serving the rest of the traffic to the old version. Once the new version is verified to be correct that the new version can gradually replace the old version. Service Meshes like Istio make canary deployments easily to rollout as the service mesh can filter the traffic for you.