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Concord Overview

Main Concepts

Concord is a workflow server. It is the orchestration engine that connects different systems together using scenarios and plugins created by users.

Check out the overview document for more information about features and benefits of Concord.

Processes

Processes are the main concept of Concord. A process is an execution of Concord Flows in an isolated environment.

A process can run in a project, thus sharing configuration and resources (such as the KV store) with other processes in the same project.

Processes can be suspended (typically using a form and resumed. While suspended processes are not consuming any resources apart from the DB disk space. See the Process Execution section for more details about the lifecycle of Concord processes.

Projects

A project is a way to group up processes and use shared environment and configuration.

Secrets

Concord provides an API and the plugin to work with secrets such as:

  • SSH keys;
  • username/password pairs;
  • single value secrets (e.g. API tokens);
  • binary data (files)

Secrets can optionally be protected by a user-provided password.

Users and Teams

Concord can use an Active Directory/LDAP server or the local user store for authentication. Team-based authorization can be used to secure various resources.

Organizations

Organizations are, basically, namespaces to which resources such as projects, secrets, teams and others belong to.

Components

Concord consists of several components. The three main components are:

  • Server - the central component, manages the process state and resources;
  • Console - provides UI for project and process management, etc;
  • Agent - executes user processes;
  • Database - stores the process state, all Concord entities, logs, etc.

Concord Server

The Server is the central component. It provides the API which is used to control processes, manage entities such as projects and secrets, etc.

A minimal Concord installation contains at least one Server. Multiple servers can run in active-active or active-passive configurations.

Concord Console

The Console provides user interface for managing processes, projects, secrets and other entities.

Read more about the console here.

Concord Agent

The Agent is responsible for process execution. It receives workload from Server and, depending on the configuration of the job, starts processes in separate JVMs and/or Docker containers.

Depending on the configuration a single agent can one or many job simultaneously.

A single Concord installation can have hundreds of Agents. It is also possible to have Agents with different capabilities (e.g. running on different hardware) connected to the single Concord instance. Which is useful when you need to run some resource-intensive processes such as Ansible with lots of forks.

Database

Concord uses PostgreSQL (10.4 or higher) to store process state, logs and entities such as projects and secrets.