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

On in inside

Day 1 - 30 Running into the Darkness at Full Speed After securing a position at Giant Swarm, I had about 2+ months before I started, which is unnerving because there are so many things to learn and do. But where even to begin? A deep breath and just follow the directions of your new colleagues. Equipment See, the equipment... Read More

Production-grade Kubernetes Now in an Azure Region near You

On in product

We’re thrilled to announce that Giant Swarm is now available on Azure. This adds to the support we already have for AWS and on-premise installations and is a feature customers have asked us for a lot of times. This means we can provide Enterprise-ready Kubernetes clusters to our customers that are managed 24/7 by our operations staff. The team has... Read More

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

On in inside

Day 908 The Marketing Guy For the past 12 years, I have been employed as a marketer. Starting off at a metro newspaper in NE Florida in 2006 and finding myself through all the different channels of marketing including owning my own digital marketing company as well as building marketing departments up from scratch. I like this stuff, I like... Read More

Cost Analysis for Kubernetes Clusters on AWS Using Tags

On in product

Tracking the cost of your infrastructure is an important task, especially when you are running a large variety of workloads. It is common for our customers to split workloads by clients, teams and environments (e.g. staging or production) and to run separate Kubernetes clusters for each. In this post we focus on AWS cost analysis, although most of this advice... Read More

Using Kubernetes LoadBalancer Services on AWS

On in tech

Cloud Providers are a powerful concept in Kubernetes that provide cloud specific extensions. On AWS, Kubernetes Services of type LoadBalancer are a good example of this. We have documentation on LoadBalancer Services for the Giant Swarm platform. These should also work for most vanilla Kubernetes clusters. In this post, we’ll share some use-cases we’ve seen from our customers. This includes... Read More

Monitoring On-Demand Kubernetes Clusters with Prometheus

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Monitoring our infrastructure is of paramount importance at Giant Swarm, as our customers rely on us to provide fully-operated clusters that power some of the world’s largest companies. One of the major tools in our observability suite is Prometheus, which we use to power a large portion of our monitoring and alerting. Giant Swarm allows you to create as many... Read More

aws-operator 2.0 managing Kubernetes clusters with CloudFormation

On in tech

Our aws-operator is a Kubernetes operator that manages Kubernetes clusters running on AWS. We recently released version 2.0 of the operator that uses AWS CloudFormation and our OperatorKit framework. This replaces aws-operator 1.0 which used the AWS APIs directly without CloudFormation. This post is about why we moved to CloudFormation and how it helps us manage Kubernetes clusters on AWS... Read More

Let Me Introduce the Five Ts

On in inside

There are changes about at Giant Swarm and one of these is the fact that we are moving offices again. Interestingly the reason is not that we are adding three people, but that we are moving to a smaller office. Being a remote first company, we just don’t need such a big office. So on the same day that three... Read More

A Trip From the Past to the Future of Kubernetes

On in product

Boy what a ride this past year has been. In the beginning of 2016, after having been working in the container space for 2 years already (Docker was 0.7 when we started building our own orchestration platform), we moved all in with Kubernetes and rebuilt our entire stack to give customers native multi-tenant Kubernetes clusters. We quickly gained speed with... Read More

Continuous Deployment of On-Prem Kubernetes Infrastructure

On in tech

With the creation of our Giantnetes stack, the team at Giant Swarm decided that we should continuously deploy our entire fancy new infrastructure. CI/CD is good, we should do more of it. This post describes the first iteration of our deployment system, the challenges we faced with it, and our second iteration ‘pull-based’ deployment system. Giant Swarm CI/CD Generation 1... Read More

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