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On Running your Local Development Environment in Kubernetes

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At Giant Swarm, I work on Microservice Infrastructure and a lot of my work is centered around improving how we run clusters as well as software on clusters. However, this work isn’t reflected in my local development environment — as much effort as we put into improving the server experience, the local development experience still lags behind. From Snowflake to Cloud Whilst I have massive amounts of compute available to […] Read More

Adding a gRPC engine to boost CoreOS fleet scalability and performance

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Note: As the ecosystem has developed a lot over the last few years, we moved our user services away from fleet into Kubernetes running on a lightweight underlying fleet layer. However, with recent developments in Kubernetes and lightweight container engines like rkt, we revisited our decision and decided to also migrate our base layer to Kubernetes and thus won’t be using fleet anymore in the future. Giant Swarm offers […] Read More

Giant Swarm is “Remote First” and I put it to the test

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When Giant Swarm hired me about a year ago I was totally overjoyed at the opportunity to work remotely. It presented me with a world of opportunity that until now I haven’t really taken full advantage of. At first I dipped my toe into the pool by working from random coffee places, and having an irregular working pattern. I’d split my day up into 3 bouts of work, […] Read More

Understanding Basic Kubernetes Concepts V - Daemon Sets and Jobs

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This post is the fifth in a series of blog posts about basic Kubernetes concepts. In the first one I explained the concepts of Pods, Labels, and Replica Sets. In the second post we talked about Deployments. The third post explained the Services concept and in the forth we looked at Secrets and ConfigMaps. In this final post we will be talking about Daemon Sets and Jobs. In previous posts […] Read More

Understanding Basic Kubernetes Concepts IV - Secrets and ConfigMaps

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This post is the fourth in a series of blog posts about basic Kubernetes concepts. In the first one I explained the concepts of Pods, Labels, and Replica Sets. In the second post we talked about Deployments. The third post explained the Services concept and now we will look at Secrets and ConfigMaps. In the fifth and final post we talk about Daemon Sets and Jobs. The third factor of […] Read More


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