Arno  Bradtke

Arno Bradtke

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All Hands on Deck: Running Kubernetes within an Enterprise

In the first part of this series, we looked at a few common reasons why organizations deploy Kubernetes on-premises, along with some popular platforms that facilitate such deployments. In this post, we’re going to look at a few best practices involved with deploying Kubernetes on-premises, as well as the arrival of public cloud offerings like the Google Kubernetes Engine on-prem (GKE On-Prem).

In addition to the previously mentioned major factors that drive organizations to consider deploying K8s on-prem — i.e compliance, cloud abilities, and future compatibility — there are probably a couple more we should mention. These include organizations that want to use Kubernetes but don’t want to spend a large amount of money required to host it on a public cloud, and organizations deploying hybrid solutions.

Picking the Right Platform

Regardless of your reasons, make no mistake, deploying K8s on-prem is “all hands on deck,” in terms of management, and the first step to getting there is selecting the right “deck” for your deployment. The ability to deploy across multiple environments with a single control plane is a key capability to look for in a Kubernetes platform. This is because while it might seem easy at first, to manage a few clusters in a few different control planes, this becomes quite unsustainable when you start scaling up.

Number two on your checklist needs to be the ability to not only manage and provision infrastructure, but also the ability to integrate well with other on-premises components like networking, storage, monitoring, load balancers, and the like. Remember there’s no public cloud here, so your apps are completely dependent on your infrastructure and how well you manage it. Automating this layer is highly recommended as it makes for quicker, better deployments, as well as self-services. The good news is that most on-prem infrastructure solutions provide the same level of automation as their public cloud counterparts.

Other important factors to consider include operational simplicity and quality of vendor support, involvement and support for Open Source, degree of support for stateful applications, scalability, stability, and licensing costs if any.

DevSecOps from the Start

Now as opposed to going through with setting up storage, networking, and monitoring and then coming back to security, best practice dictates building it in right from the get-go. This is why as soon as you’ve picked your platform of choice, step two is to start thinking about security and governance. Integrating an image scanning process that scans applications, especially open-source components, libraries, and frameworks, during both the build and run phase is highly recommended.

Using older, more vulnerable versions of software is one of the leading causes of concerns with regards to container security. Implementing version control is a great way around this obstacle and though a lot of the solutions out there are cloud native, there are a few on-premises solutions as well, including a couple that are open source. Using the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks for Kubernetes runtimes is another best practice that helps establish secure configuration baselines. Additionally, SSL keys or database credentials need to be encrypted and stored centrally with Kubernetes secrets or a third-party Secrets Management service like Vault.

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All Hands on Deck: Running Kubernetes within an Enterprise
Christa  Stehr

Christa Stehr

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50+ Useful Kubernetes Tools for 2020 - Part 2

Introduction

Last year, we provided a list of Kubernetes tools that proved so popular we have decided to curate another list of some useful additions for working with the platform—among which are many tools that we personally use here at Caylent. Check out the original tools list here in case you missed it.

According to a recent survey done by Stackrox, the dominance Kubernetes enjoys in the market continues to be reinforced, with 86% of respondents using it for container orchestration.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

And as you can see below, more and more companies are jumping into containerization for their apps. If you’re among them, here are some tools to aid you going forward as Kubernetes continues its rapid growth.

(State of Kubernetes and Container Security, 2020)

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Maud  Rosenbaum

Maud Rosenbaum

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Kubernetes in the Cloud: Strategies for Effective Multi Cloud Implementations

Kubernetes is a highly popular container orchestration platform. Multi cloud is a strategy that leverages cloud resources from multiple vendors. Multi cloud strategies have become popular because they help prevent vendor lock-in and enable you to leverage a wide variety of cloud resources. However, multi cloud ecosystems are notoriously difficult to configure and maintain.

This article explains how you can leverage Kubernetes to reduce multi cloud complexities and improve stability, scalability, and velocity.

Kubernetes: Your Multi Cloud Strategy

Maintaining standardized application deployments becomes more challenging as your number of applications and the technologies they are based on increase. As environments, operating systems, and dependencies differ, management and operations require more effort and extensive documentation.

In the past, teams tried to get around these difficulties by creating isolated projects in the data center. Each project, including its configurations and requirements were managed independently. This required accurately predicting performance and the number of users before deployment and taking down applications to update operating systems or applications. There were many chances for error.

Kubernetes can provide an alternative to the old method, enabling teams to deploy applications independent of the environment in containers. This eliminates the need to create resource partitions and enables teams to operate infrastructure as a unified whole.

In particular, Kubernetes makes it easier to deploy a multi cloud strategy since it enables you to abstract away service differences. With Kubernetes deployments you can work from a consistent platform and optimize services and applications according to your business needs.

The Compelling Attributes of Multi Cloud Kubernetes

Multi cloud Kubernetes can provide multiple benefits beyond a single cloud deployment. Below are some of the most notable advantages.

Stability

In addition to the built-in scalability, fault tolerance, and auto-healing features of Kubernetes, multi cloud deployments can provide service redundancy. For example, you can mirror applications or split microservices across vendors. This reduces the risk of a vendor-related outage and enables you to create failovers.

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With the spread of various harmful virus globally causing immense distress and fatalities to human mankind, it has become absolutely essential for people to ensure proper and acute hygiene and cleanliness is maintained. To further add to the perennial hardship to save lives of people the recent pandemic of Covid-19 affected globally created the worst nightmare for people of all walks of life. Looking at the present crisis, it has become imperative for human beings to be encouraged to tackle this challenge with an everlasting strength to help protect oneself and their loved ones against the devastating effects of the virus. One thing that stands up between keeping all safe and vulnerable is by making sure that everybody attentively Hand wash periodically to help physically remove germs from the skin and getting rid of the live microbes.

The essence of apposite handwashing is based around time invested in washing and the amount of soap and water used. Technically, washing hands without soap is much less effective anyway. But incase a proper handwashing support system doesn’t become possible around, the usage of Effective Hand Sanitizer will certainly help fight to reduce the number of microbes on the surface of hands efficiently, eliminating most variants of harmful bacteria to settle.

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Mitchel  Carter

Mitchel Carter

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Microsoft Announces General Availability Of Bridge To Kubernetes

Recently, Microsoft announced the general availability of Bridge to Kubernetes, formerly known as Local Process with Kubernetes. It is an iterative development tool offered in Visual Studio and VS Code, which allows developers to write, test as well as debug microservice code on their development workstations while consuming dependencies and inheriting the existing configuration from a Kubernetes environment.

Nick Greenfield, Program Manager, Bridge to Kubernetes stated in an official blog post, “Bridge to Kubernetes is expanding support to any Kubernetes. Whether you’re connecting to your development cluster running in the cloud, or to your local Kubernetes cluster, Bridge to Kubernetes is available for your end-to-end debugging scenarios.”

Bridge to Kubernetes provides a number of compelling features. Some of them are mentioned below-

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Arno  Bradtke

Arno Bradtke

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All Hands on Deck: Running Kubernetes within an Enterprise

In the first part of this series, we looked at a few common reasons why organizations deploy Kubernetes on-premises, along with some popular platforms that facilitate such deployments. In this post, we’re going to look at a few best practices involved with deploying Kubernetes on-premises, as well as the arrival of public cloud offerings like the Google Kubernetes Engine on-prem (GKE On-Prem).

In addition to the previously mentioned major factors that drive organizations to consider deploying K8s on-prem — i.e compliance, cloud abilities, and future compatibility — there are probably a couple more we should mention. These include organizations that want to use Kubernetes but don’t want to spend a large amount of money required to host it on a public cloud, and organizations deploying hybrid solutions.

Picking the Right Platform

Regardless of your reasons, make no mistake, deploying K8s on-prem is “all hands on deck,” in terms of management, and the first step to getting there is selecting the right “deck” for your deployment. The ability to deploy across multiple environments with a single control plane is a key capability to look for in a Kubernetes platform. This is because while it might seem easy at first, to manage a few clusters in a few different control planes, this becomes quite unsustainable when you start scaling up.

Number two on your checklist needs to be the ability to not only manage and provision infrastructure, but also the ability to integrate well with other on-premises components like networking, storage, monitoring, load balancers, and the like. Remember there’s no public cloud here, so your apps are completely dependent on your infrastructure and how well you manage it. Automating this layer is highly recommended as it makes for quicker, better deployments, as well as self-services. The good news is that most on-prem infrastructure solutions provide the same level of automation as their public cloud counterparts.

Other important factors to consider include operational simplicity and quality of vendor support, involvement and support for Open Source, degree of support for stateful applications, scalability, stability, and licensing costs if any.

DevSecOps from the Start

Now as opposed to going through with setting up storage, networking, and monitoring and then coming back to security, best practice dictates building it in right from the get-go. This is why as soon as you’ve picked your platform of choice, step two is to start thinking about security and governance. Integrating an image scanning process that scans applications, especially open-source components, libraries, and frameworks, during both the build and run phase is highly recommended.

Using older, more vulnerable versions of software is one of the leading causes of concerns with regards to container security. Implementing version control is a great way around this obstacle and though a lot of the solutions out there are cloud native, there are a few on-premises solutions as well, including a couple that are open source. Using the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks for Kubernetes runtimes is another best practice that helps establish secure configuration baselines. Additionally, SSL keys or database credentials need to be encrypted and stored centrally with Kubernetes secrets or a third-party Secrets Management service like Vault.

#kublr in the news #kubernetes