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What is a service mesh anyways?

The service mesh may sound complex, but at its heart, it’s a very simple idea: a set of network proxies that transparently run alongside microservices, implementing reliability, observability, and security features by measuring and manipulating inter-service (“east-west”) traffic. Led by open source projects such as Linkerd, the service mesh model is increasingly popular because it...

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Phippy and friends join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

We’re so excited to share that Phippy is headed to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)! Microsoft has donated Phippy and friends, along with our original book The Illustrated Children Guide to Kubernetes, to CNCF! What does this mean? It means that the characters you know and love are now free to use as you...

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Introducing CNAB: a cloud-agnostic format for packaging and running distributed applications

“The day of the distributed app is near.” That is the mantra we’ve been repeating for years. But with robust cloud offerings, the microservice pattern, orchestration platforms like Kubernetes, and the REST-ification of everything, we’re already there. It is the day of the distributed application. Almost. We’ve gotten the “distributed” thing down, but in doing...

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Tutorial: Using Azure DevOps to setup a CI/CD pipeline and deploy to Kubernetes

Introduction In this blog article, we will show you how to setup a CI/CD pipeline to deploy your apps on a Kubernetes cluster with Azure DevOps by leveraging a Linux agent, Docker and Helm. The combination of these technologies will illustrate how you can easily setup a CI/CD pipeline, leverage Configuration-as-Code and Infrastructure-as-Code, and accelerate...

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Join us for Pre-KubeCon Community Workshops

Headed into Seattle early for KubeCon North America? Join your open source friends for community workshops at the Seattle Microsoft Reactor on Monday, December 10th. We have an agenda packed with free hands-on learning with our open source Kubernetes tools, including  Virtual Kubelet, Draft, Brigade, Helm, and more. We’ll also introduce you to a new...

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Use case: Modern Service Mesh with Consul on Azure (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-part series introducing you to HashiCorp Consul on Azure. In the first part, we took a look at the service discovery properties of Consul and deployed a Consul cluster in Azure. In this second part, we will discuss properties that turn Consul into a full-blown service mesh solution as...

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Use case: Modern service discovery with Consul on Azure (Part 1)

Overview This two-part article introduces you to Consul, a service mesh solution from HashiCorp. In the first part, we will focus on its service discovery use case, frame the problem that Consul was designed to solve and will go over basic architectural principles underlying the system. Then, we will show you how you can deploy...

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Hacktoberfest: Tips for growing open source communities in October and beyond

For the last four years, DigitalOcean and GitHub have spearheaded Hacktoberfest, a month-long open source initiative that encourages people of all experience levels to contribute to open source projects. The premise is straightforward: open five pull requests (PRs) in any GitHub-hosted open source project and earn a limited-edition Hacktoberfest T-shirt. People have credited Hacktoberfest for...

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