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Kubernetes: What it is and what it isn’t 

I’m a developer and I’ll admit it, I’m learning Kubernetes. I’ve been developing web applications now for more than 20 years; however, the past two years I’ve moved to working with microservices applications. Originally the microservices were web sites on multiple virtual machines. Last year we started moving towards containers to achieve a higher density...Read more

Hello Service Mesh Interface (SMI): A specification for service mesh interoperability 

Today we are excited to launch Service Mesh Interface (SMI) which defines a set of common, portable APIs that provide developers with interoperability across different service mesh technologies including Istio, Linkerd, and Consul Connect. SMI is an open project started in partnership with Microsoft, Linkerd, HashiCorp, Solo.io, Kinvolk, and Weaveworks; with support from Aspen Mesh,...Read more

Helm 3: simpler to use, more secure to operate 

Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes, and the eagerly anticipated Helm 3 alpha is now available for testing. Try it out, give feedback, and help the Helm community get it ready for you to depend upon. Why Helm? Many teams already rely on Helm 2 to deploy...Read more

Extending Kubernetes in the open 

Greetings and welcome to KubeCon EU in Barcelona! As always, it is wonderful to see the community come together to celebrate how Kubernetes has made cloud-native ubiquitous and changed the way that we build and manage our software. These conferences are fantastic because they represent an opportunity to meet with our users and learn about...Read more

Announcing KEDA: bringing event-driven containers and functions to Kubernetes 

Event-driven architectures are a natural evolution of microservices, enabling a flexible and decoupled design, and are increasingly being adopted by enterprise customers. Fully managed serverless offerings like Azure Functions are event–driven by design, but we have been hearing from customers about gaps in these capabilities for solutions based on Kubernetes. Scaling in Kubernetes is reactive, based on the CPU and memory consumption of a container. In contrast, services like Azure Functions are acutely...Read more

Brigade tutorial: Instant scaling on demand with serverless Kubernetes 

Microservices built on Kubernetes are fast becoming one of the core scenarios where computing is done, and Kubernetes development and operations skills are therefore becoming a larger part of any cloud-native toolset. This article shows how to use Brigade, along with other tools from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), to build a Kubernetes-native application...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more