Kubernetes Takeover— Exit the Box!

I am going to tell you about my personal experience, partly from CTF (Capture The Flag), and my considerations on K8s and containers in general.
Why you say? Because containers are so coool!
What is K8s? Wikipedia explains it like this:
Kubernetes (commonly stylized as k8s) is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. It was originally designed by Google and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It aims to provide a “platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts”. It works with a range of container tools, including Docker. Many cloud services offer a Kubernetes-based platform or infrastructure as a service (PaaS or IaaS) on which Kubernetes can be deployed as a platform-providing service. Many vendors also provide their own branded Kubernetes distributions.
The hypothetical case (entirely fiction)
The Little Evil Srl company has detached itself from the very famous Bull S. Corp. and has commissioned their best and only systems engineer, such Eng. Sure Safe, to identify and create a robust and flexible solution to expose company portals to the rest of the world. Obviously everything at reduced cost “because budget”.
Eng. Safe has thought well of riding the crest of the wave and proposing a relevant, current and trendy solution.
He had read some articles on the blog “Smart-Us” and spent 2 whole hours studying the container / docker theme, until he found out how to implement Kubernetes.
And this might not be how I met your mother, but it is how a K8s cluster is proposed to management as a demo for the company portal: the structure consists of a pair of nodes plus the master, a development pod and one that serves an Open Source CMS. Each pod has only the bare minimum and specific service users have been created in order to segment the access as much as possible.
The proposal is well received, is quickly approved and Safe is Sure to be Safe.

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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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Display Boxes

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Custom Printed Soap Boxes | Wholesale Soap Packaging | Custom Packaging Pro

You have a great quality product in your hand, and now you are thinking of ways to represent it to the customers in a most appealing way. Many brands are afraid of spending money on custom boxes without knowing that it is the most cost-effecting way with various benefits. When designed with proper planning and creativity, custom packaging can result in money. You shouldn’t mind spending a little more to save money in the long run. You may disagree with us, but investment in customization and personalization can open new doors of success for your business.

How Custom Boxes for Soap Are a Cost-Effective Solution?

From our kitchen cabinets to the big supermarkets, custom boxes are everywhere. We are surrounded by customization, even if it is about selling a small cosmetic product. When you deal in the soap market, you have to face a lot of competition. You can’t compete in the market with a strategy of using plain cardboard boxes. Gone are the days when you can use a simple packaging solution. Today is the age of customization, and you have to use custom Boxes for Soap. These are not only affordable but also look good on the shelves and provide an ultimate customer experience. Let’s take a deeper look at how custom packaging is a cost-effective solution with several benefits.

Helps To Reduce Shipping Prices

During this pandemic, the e-commerce industry has grown too fast, and every brand is selling its products online. One thing which is keeping the manufacturer is the high shipping price. But to make the right decision, you need to understand how shipping prices work. It is not only about the weight of the box; consider dimensional weight as well. Even if you are shipping a small item like soap, the box size can increase the shipping cost. So, the firsts step towards price reduction is using the box which is according to the product size and also light in weight.

Maximum Durability Ensures Protection

It is one of the most faced issues which brands face. Damaged and broken products always result in returns which ultimately means additional cost. No brand will ever want to face negative reviews and customer backlash. You can avoid it by using durable and sturdy boxes. When it comes to protection, corrugate and cardboard soap boxers can outclass every other solution. These two materials are quite affordable and readily available in the market. Once again, it is highly recommended to use the right box size to avoid damage and returns. You can also use other packaging materials for added protection.

Increase Your Visibility with Pillow Boxes

When it comes to increasing your visibility and exposure in retail stores, there is no better option other than custom containers. These come in a variety of shapes and styles, which increase the customer’s interest in your product. Custom Pillow Boxes are the right choice to present your soap products on the shelves. You can customize the pillow packaging further with other customization options like window patching, lamination, and gold stamping. Unique solutions always make customers take a closer look at the product, and most probably they will end up buying it.

Right Box Size Help to Save Big

We have mentioned it before, but it needs more repetition. A wrong size box will always cost you more. If you are thinking that you can end up saving by choosing the standard size boxes for all the products, you are wrong. It will cost you more in form of damaged products and returns. Moreover, the bigger will be the size of the box, the more you have to pay for shipping. So, always choose the right size, which suits the product dimensions, and don’t leave too much space in the containers. A bigger size box will also make you use the protective material.

Cardboard And Paperboard Are the Cheapest Options

If you still think that custom boxes are way out of your range, we have still so many options for you. Take a simple corrugate or cardboard box in white or any plain color, print your logo on it, and you have a custom box in your hand. Getting a custom solution for your soap products has never been so easy. Today is the age of minimalism, and you can take advantage of this trend. Use simple customization for a natural and minimal look. Cardboard and corrugated are the most affordable option when it comes to custom material.

Happy Customers Result in Repeat Business and Positive Reviews

When it comes to benefits with custom packaging, there are several benefits that you can get. From product protection to the customer experience, you will get everything with a custom solution. The biggest benefits of providing a personalized experience are repeat business and positive reviews from the customers. When you put your heart and effort into the customization, customers will reward you with positive feedback. A good review from the customers will attract more customers to your business. Satisfied customers will bring business with repeat business and higher brand recall.

Kraft Boxes for Display Improve Sustainability

When it comes to being sustainable, there is no better option than Kraft. Use Kraft packaging boxes to display your products on the shelves. It will attract more and more eco-conscious customers, which will ultimately result in boosted sales. It is not only a cheap option but offers 100% recyclability. The presentation and display of your product have a greater role to play in drawing the attraction. Using the same old-style packaging will not going to help you out. Think of something innovative and try using Kraft boxes for better results. Find a solution that is not unique but meets the customer’s needs.

When it comes to soap packaging, Kraft Boxes for Display are a perfect choice. These are not only cost-efficient but result in customer satisfaction, repeat business, and reduced shipping cost. Find a solution that meets your needs without breaking the budget.

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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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Houston  Sipes

Houston Sipes

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Did Google Open Sourcing Kubernetes Backfired?

Over the last few years, Kubernetes have become the de-facto standard for container orchestration and has also won the race against Docker for being the most loved platforms among developers. Released in 2014, Kubernetes has come a long way with currently being used across the entire cloudscape platforms. In fact, recent reports state that out of 109 tools to manage containers, 89% of them are leveraging Kubernetes versions.

Although inspired by Borg, Kubernetes, is an open-source project by Google, and has been donated to a vendor-neutral firm — The Cloud Native Computing Foundation. This could be attributed to Google’s vision of creating a platform that can be used by every firm of the world, including the large tech companies and can host multiple cloud platforms and data centres. The entire reason for handing over the control to CNCF is to develop the platform in the best interest of its users without vendor lock-in.

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