Cluster API Lays the Groundwork for Declarative Kubernetes Lifecycle Management with v1alpha1

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As we approach the four-year anniversary of the Kubernetes v1.0 release, one of the most difficult challenges facing organizations continues to be managing the operational lifecycle of their Kubernetes clusters. Within the Kubernetes community, the task of improving this experience belongs to the Cluster Lifecycle Special Interest Group. The objective of the SIG is to Read more...

Fast and Easy Sonobuoy Plugins for Custom Testing of Almost Anything

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Today we are releasing Sonobuoy 0.14.2, which delivers on one of our top roadmap goals: increased support for custom plugins, allowing developers and operators to extend Sonobuoy with additional tests and data gathering. It is now possible to easily create a plugin from a Docker image and run it within Sonobuoy without manually editing any Read more...

Supercharging Kubernetes Storage with CSI

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By Vladimir Vivien, Staff Engineer at VMware One of the most important propositions of Kubernetes is the ability to seamlessly provide storage capabilities on nodes where workloads are scheduled. Kubernetes provides a powerful plugin framework, along with a standard API, that allows different storage systems to be exposed as volume plugins. This framework standardizes the Read more...

Isolated to Conformant: Testing Air-Gapped Kubernetes with Sonobuoy 0.14

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Today we are releasing Sonobuoy 0.14.0, which delivers on one of our top roadmap goals: support for running Kubernetes end-to-end tests in air-gapped environments. It is now possible to run the end-to-end suite and validate your cluster’s state without Internet connectivity or investment in a custom, ad hoc work around. An open-source diagnostic tool, Sonobuoy Read more...

Kubernetes 1.14 Puts the Spotlight on Consistent Change, Windows Node Support, and Cluster API

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By Stephen Augustus, Senior Cloud Native Architect at VMware Another quarter, another Kubernetes release! We’re back again to highlight some of the bigger ticket improvements in the ecosystem for Kubernetes 1.14. In keeping with one of the project values (“Community over product or company”), this cycle yielded lots of interesting cross-organization collaborations—one improves the way Read more...
Monitoring with Prometheus

Getting Started with Application Monitoring with Prometheus on VMware Enterprise PKS

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As monolithic apps are refactored into microservices and orchestrated with Kubernetes, requirements for monitoring those apps are changing. To start, instrumentation to capture application data needs to be at a container level, at scale, across thousands of endpoints. Because Kubernetes workloads are ephemeral by default and can start or stop at any time, application monitoring Read more...

The What and the Why of the Cluster API

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By Tim St. Clair, Senior Staff Engineer at VMware Throughout the evolution of software tools there exists a tension between generalization and partial specialization. A tool’s broader adoption is a form of natural selection, where its evolution is predicated on filling a given need, or role, better than its competition. This premise is imbued in Read more...