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Improving the security of Kubernetes clusters using Istio

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One of the goals and benefits of using Istio as a service-mesh infrastructure is improving the security of the cluster it is embedded in and the services it contains. The security value of Istio has the following facets: Istio authenticates workloads’ identities and issues and manages certificates for them when creating the mesh connectivity. The service mesh traffic can be... Read More

Istio monitoring explained

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Nobody would be surprised if I say “Service Mesh” is a trending topic in the tech community these days. One of the most active projects in this area is Istio. It was jointly created by IBM, Google, and Lyft as a response to known problems with microservice architectures. Containers and Kubernetes greatly help with adopting a microservices architecture. However, at... Read More

Grafana Logging using Loki

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Loki is a Prometheus-inspired logging service for cloud native infrastructure. What is Loki? Open sourced by Grafana Labs during KubeCon Seattle 2018, Loki is a logging backend optimized for users running Prometheus and Kubernetes with great logs search and visualization in Grafana 6.0. Loki was built for efficiency alongside the following goals: Logs should be cheap. Nobody should be asked... Read More

Who is keeping your cloud native stack secure?

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Survey after survey is showing that 70% of organizations are using cloud infrastructure. The last bits of the late majority will be joining this year and the laggards will come within a few years. Regardless of the stage of a company’s cloud native journey, security still remains an issue. The same survey states that security ranks as first priority with... Read More

Self Driving Clusters - Managed Autoscaling Kubernetes on AWS

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Giant Swarm provides managed Kubernetes clusters for our customers, which are operated 24/7 by our operations team. Each customer has their own private control plane which they can use to create as many tenant clusters as they require. This results in a large number of tenant clusters and control planes that we need to manage and keep up to date.... Read More

Giant Swarm’s Top Cloud Native Posts of 2018

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Our team is hard at work perfecting the ideal Kubernetes stack for you. Still, we find time to share knowledge about our experiences in the containerized world. With 2018 a near-distant memory, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the cloud native topics that you all loved so much. Skim through our top 10 list below and catch... Read More

A Story Of True Dedication And Hard Work

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Over the last couple of months I was pondering how Giant Swarm has become so successful. I was wondering why the product and service we provide works out so well for our customers. From my current point of view, I figured it is exactly that: our product and our service. Giant Swarm provides these two pillars. When your business depends... Read More

The State of Kubernetes 2019

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Last year I wrote a post entitled A Trip From the Past to the Future of Kubernetes. In it, I talked about the KVM and AWS versions of our stack and the imminent availability of our Azure release. I also referred to the rollercoaster of the 2 prior years. Let’s start by revisiting last year’s predictions: 1. Kubernetes will make... Read More

Managing the Security of Kubernetes Container Workloads

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In this series of articles entitled Securing Kubernetes for Cloud Native Applications, we’ve discussed aspects of security for each of the layers that make up a Kubernetes cluster. In this last article, we’re going to address the security of the container workload itself. How do we ensure the integrity of the contents of the container, and how do we know... Read More

Where are we going with the Giant Swarm API?

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In the coming months we are going to take a new direction with our API. In this blogpost we share the reasoning behind this shift. Our API acts as a gateway between the outside world and the microservices that enable the cluster management features that we provide. It handles our authentication and authorization, and has generally been an enabler of... Read More

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