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Why You Should Not Neglect Your Developer’s Kubernetes Clusters

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Image attribution below So you’ve finally succeeded in convincing your organization to use Kubernetes and you’ve even gotten first services in production. Congratulations! You know uptime of your production workloads is of utmost importance so you set up your production cluster(s) to be as reliable as possible. You add all kinds of monitoring and alerting, so that if something breaks... Read More

How Giant Swarm Enables a New Workflow

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By now we all know that Amazon AWS changed computing forever and it actually started as an internal service. The reason for the existence of AWS is pretty easy to understand once you understand Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Sit tight. Jeff and his team deeply believe in the two pizza team rule, meaning that you need to be able to... Read More

Logging Best Practices for Kubernetes using Elasticsearch, Fluent Bit and Kibana

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Logging is one of the most powerful tools we have as developers. It’s no accident that when things go wrong in production, one of a developer’s first questions is often - “can you send me the logs?”. Raw logs contain useful information but they can be hard to parse. So, when operating systems at scale, using structured logging can greatly... Read More

Giant Swarm vs OpenShift

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At Giant Swarm, we’ve often been asked to compare our infrastructure with that of Red Hat OpenShift. We’d like to shed some light on this subject and give you a rundown of the differences between Giant Swarm and OpenShift. No doubt Red Hat OpenShift is a leading container platform, or as they put it themselves “The Kubernetes platform for big... Read More

Puja Interview with Digitale Leute - Translation

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Puja, as well as being our Developer Advocate, is also one of our Product Owners. He was recently interviewed by Digitale Leute about remote working at a meetup in Cologne. The original interview was in German, so for this post we’ve translated it to English. Product Development at Giant Swarm “Team Batman” is the product development team that Puja, as... Read More

First 100 Days as a Marketer in a Remote-First Cloud Services Startup IV

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Day 61 - 99 Settled In as Their Marketing Guy The Organizational Structure To repeat, Giant Swarm is a remote-first company and with that, has a remote-first culture and organizational structure. This offers a certain kind of flexibility and pace of work that someone fresh off the agency boat has to come to terms with. That doesn’t mean taking massive... Read More

Managed Cloud Native Stack - How Giant Swarm Does Cloud

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A lot of us at Giant Swarm were at KubeCon in Copenhagen back in May. As well as being 3 times the size of the previous edition in Berlin the atmosphere felt very different. Far more enterprises were present and it felt like Kubernetes has now gone mainstream. As strong supporters of Kubernetes, it being the most widely deployed container... Read More

What You Yaml is What You Get

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When starting with Kubernetes, learning how to write manifests and bringing them to the apiserver is usually the first step. Most probably kubectl apply is the command for this. The nice thing here is that all the things you want to run on the cluster are described precisely and you can easily inspect what will be sent to the apiserver.... Read More

Deep Dive Into Kubernetes Networking in Azure

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We started building our azure-operator in the fall of 2017. One of the challenges that we faced was the networking architecture. We evaluated multiple possible architectures and finally chose the one that was best by many parameters. We hope this post will help people setting up their own Azure clusters with decent networking. First let’s look at the available options... Read More

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