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FinTechs - watch out! How to make Kubernetes successful

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FinTech is a relatively new, but rapidly expanding sector of the financial services industry. Put simply, FinTech is the application of technology to the provision of financial services and is increasingly playing a disruptive role in the way society consumes financial services. Innovation is the key ingredient in the rise of FinTech companies (FinTechs), and technology is the essence of... 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

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

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

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

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

Production-grade Kubernetes Now in an Azure Region near You

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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

Cost Analysis for Kubernetes Clusters on AWS Using Tags

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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

A Trip From the Past to the Future of Kubernetes

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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

Why Kubernetes or How Giant Swarm Builds Infrastructure

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Giant Swarm’s goal is to build the simplest platform to professionally host your distributed applications. In pursuing this goal for the last few years we have worked with a lot of technologies in production and tested even more. From this experience we found that the best way to build infrastructure is to be open-minded, stay flexible, and make decisions guided... Read More

Get Visual with Our Web UI

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As of today, all users have access to The Giant Swarm Web UI. Use it to get an overview of the status of your services. It also features a novel way to correlate logs with usage metrics in real time. Read on to see what it looks like and what you can do with it. A Complement to Our CLI... Read More

Introducing A Better Way To Define Services

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TL;DR: We’re moving to a new format for defining services on Giant Swarm. In this blog post we want to explain to you the migration timeline, main changes, benefits you will experience as well as reasons behind this revision. When, What, and How? As of Monday, Aug 10th, 20:00 UTC you will no longer be able to create applications in... Read More

Step by Step Towards Zero Downtime Deployment - Rolling Updates are Here

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Update: With swarm CLI 0.18.0 we introduced different update strategies that you can choose from. The one described in this blog post is the default one-by-one strategy. There’s another strategy called hot-swap, which gives you zero downtime no matter how many instances your component has. We are continuously improving upon update our strategies. For an always up-to-date reference of update... Read More

Scaling for More Users by Allowing Less

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We had a lot of deep discussions at the office the last few days. Yes, we are creative thinkers, startup people to the core, always agile and flexible but … we have mental models too and they make you get stuck. We were in our tiny little box. A little background is in order. A few weeks ago we started... Read More

Holiday Creative Container Contest #HC3 - Build a Microservice App

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It’s holiday season and at least in Germany that means lots of sweets, christmas markets, and obligatory mulled wine. For a lot of us it also means finally some free time to play with stuff we don’t have time to otherwise and maybe even some new toys. And for those of you who are still not sure what they will... Read More

Opening up our Free Alpha - Simple Microservice Infrastructure for You

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In the last weeks we have been testing our microservice infrastructure with several close friends. We called this phase our "Closed Alpha". At the same time we were letting interested users put themselves on what we used to call "Private Beta List". However, in the process of planning how to open up our platform to more people and especially people... Read More

Welcome to Giant Swarm

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For our first post, we are cheating a bit. This has actually already gone out at a list of subscribers from our previous company. We thought an introductory post would be a good start though. It was sent out as people wanted to know what Henning, Timo andme would be doing next. Obivously, you already know, but here is the... Read More

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