The Giant Swarm Blog

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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