Newsletter: Summer 2020

Posted by Sean O'Shaughnessey on Jun 3, 2020 10:26:53 AM
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We hope that this newsletter finds you and yours healthy and happy. We realize that since our last newsletter in the Spring of 2020, significant challenges have been thrust upon nearly everyone around the world. If there is anything that anyone at Agile Stacks can personally do for you, please feel free to reach out to us for help. We urge you to please stay safe, practice good hygiene, and follow your leaders' safety precautions.

Challenges of 2020

Agile Stacks was set up to be a virtual work company from the very beginning. Being scattered across the States and Europe, we were already proficient at Zoom meetings with each other. Our employees have not had to miss any work, although we occasionally miss going into our various offices. As this newsletter is released, none of our employees have had any severe Covid-19 symptoms. We remain healthy and ready to help our customers and prospects. We hope that this is the same for you.

We do miss visiting our customers and working with them in their offices. Nearly all of our customers are in minimal office activity lockdown. As such, we have had to move most of our customer activities to remote sessions. We will continue to respect our customers' wishes in the interaction formats that we can have with them.

Cost control

We are beginning to add more capabilities for cloud computing cost control to our product. We already significantly reduce costs for our AWS customers (some cost reductions are in the 45-75% range) for quite some time. We have made improvements that make this easier to manage. We look forward to telling you about some new capabilities for cloud computing cost management in the coming months.

Survey

You may have recently received an email asking you to answer a survey about your needs and challenges in cloud computing, application deployment, and cloud computing cost control. If we missed you, we are sorry but please help us out. We are offering a $25 gift certificate if you fill out the entire survey at https://agilestacks.limequery.com/423268?lang=en. Thank you for your guidance and feedback.

We hope that you enjoy this newsletter. Please make sure you scroll to the bottom to read the comments from Sean O’Shaughnessey, our Chief Revenue Officer.

 
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Agile Stacks Joins Cloud28+ Extending Reach to Partners and Customers

With its extensive community of trusted HPE partners, Agile Stacks, Inc. joins the trusted ranks of the Cloud28+ community to offer their SuperHub platform to customers seeking a multi-cloud solution for their software infrastructure needs. "Customers want immediate answers to their toughest application challenges around agility, scalability and reliability. They look for a trusted advisor to filter through all the noise. That's why we are honored to join the Cloud28+ community," said John Morada, VP of Marketing at Agile Stacks. "There really is no better place to have interested customers find the appropriate solutions to their needs because this community is a bazaar of not only great vendors but also great knowledge sharing."

“We are glad to have Agile Stacks join the community because their offering fills a gap in between independent software and independent hardware. Customers are finding point technologies yet need guidance on how to orchestrate everything into a fully functional stack of software,” said Roland Frehner, chief technologist, service providers, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Continue reading

Agile Stacks and AlphaBravo Partner to Accelerate Software Delivery Using Kubernetes

Agile Stacks, Inc., the Kubernetes ecosystem management company, and AlphaBravo Company, a leading provider of DevSecOps Kubernetes and container consulting and implementation services, today announced their partnership.

“As mutual Kubernetes experts and members in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, AlphaBravo and Agile Stacks share a commitment to helping companies harness the Kubernetes ecosystem in delivering their applications,” said Chad Serino, Chief Executive Officer at AlphaBravo. “We are excited about the Agile Stacks partnership and how it will allow us to support our existing and prospective customers. All too often, an engagement around a complex CI/CD build can take months. Agile Stacks allows us to deliver the same exact solution in a matter of weeks. This is a game changer for us.”

“The challenge in using Kubernetes is not just Kubernetes, itself, but managing the vast ecosystem that surrounds Kubernetes,” said Sean O’Shaughnessey, Chief Revenue Officer and Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Agile Stacks. “We are thrilled to partner with AlphaBravo in delivering solutions based on our SuperHub Kubernetes ecosystem management platform. Together, with our platform and AlphaBravo’s deep implementation expertise, enterprises can bring a new level of speed, flexibility, and reliability to the deployment and management of their Kubernetes implementations.” Continue reading

Replay: Top3 Challenges of Scaling Kubernetes

Ever wanted to just see what others are doing to scale their Kubernetes clusters? Sometimes it's as simple as seeing what they've done that makes us better at what we do.

Listen to the webinar replay of two field executives speaking about their client work specifically on this topic. We opened the playbook on the top challenges they've seen with clients when thinking, planning, designing and finally scaling Kubernetes to fit their needs. Continue reading

Controlling your costs on AWS using the power of Agile Stacks

Agile Stacks is motivated to help our customers save money as they deploy the compelling Kubernetes container orchestration platform. We have had several customers save a significant amount of money using our ever-expanding capabilities of using AWS Spot Instances. For example, Zeeto reduced cloud costs by 75% by adopting the Agile Stacks DevOps automation platform SuperHub on AWS. The company completely automated the software delivery process using an infrastructure-as-code approach and maximized their savings by deploying on Spot Instances. Continue reading

"Deep Survival": Thinking through it with your software infrastructure

Social distancing sent a lot of business environments into the unknown, remaking how we live and work. Thanks to your shiny new Kubernetes cluster(s), you’re in a good position to stay responsive and scale for whatever lies ahead in 2020. Staying rapidly responsive and ahead of the curve always serves businesses well, but it’s especially helpful during unprecedented times like today. Having to work remotely while maintaining mission systems doesn't require a new way of thinking or even architecting your toolchain. It's probably second nature since your telnet days.

As author and journalist Laurence Gonzalez discusses in his book, Deep Survival, there are distinguishing strengths and capabilities that set survivors apart. Thriving right now takes resilience and responsiveness because change happens rapidly from angles you probably didn't think of before. Continue reading

As an educator and data scientist, Kubeflow gets your labs started fairly quickly

A recent search on Indeed.com shows an open request for data scientists at approximately 3,600 job postings. But being a data scientist doesn't mean needing to be an Ops engineer. There is a difference:

    • Data Scientist - as widely defined, is an individual with the primary role of sourcing data to be used in algorithmic and statistical analysis to identify trends, insights and other relevant information
    • Ops Engineer - aka Application Operations Engineer, is pragmatically the technical staff charged with the optimization, maintenance, monitoring and governance of in-production business systems.

Yet both roles are being done by the same person these days since the shortage of skills is debilitating.

Continue reading

 
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Cloud cost management: Maximising cloud spend during Covid-19 - Kamesh Pemmaraju via ITProPortal

Enterprises around the world are set to spend a whopping $266 billion on cloud computing infrastructure services in 2020, according to a report from Gartner. This is not surprising given that public cloud usage has seen a massive increase in adoption over the last few years. However, IT teams are having a difficult time predicting costs and often don’t have any internal policies around cloud spending. Cost management is typically the first issue organizations want to tackle when they begin a cloud transformation journey. Continue reading

Agile Stacks thoughts: Cloud cost management has become even more important to enterprises now that Kubernetes has evolved from a single project to a standard platform for all new and revised software deployments. Agile Stacks already has a history of helping our customers cut their cloud spend by 70-90% and we continue to invest in this important area.

Organizations fail to implement basic cloud security tools - Macy Bayern via TechRepublic

Bitglass released a report revealing increased cloud adoption in the enterprise, with 86% of organizations having deployed cloud-based tools. Despite this increase, only 34% of companies said they have implemented single sign-on (SSO), one of the most basic but crucial cloud security tools. Continue reading

Agile Stacks thoughts: This is not a good trend. Agile Stacks strongly encourages our customers to make their cloud deployments as secure as possible. In fact, every component that we manage in a Kubernetes ecosystem has SSO turned on by default. Because our deployment and management platform makes SSO easy to use, our customers all use SSO.

Guest View: Fact or fiction — Is service mesh really needed for microservices? - Rajesh Raheja via SD Times

As enterprises move away from monoliths to microservices and cloud-native applications, it’s vital to have secure and easy to implement integrations that free up developer time for more critical work. Service mesh makes it unnecessary to re-implement infrastructure logic (e.g. routing, logging, etc.) inside the microservice, thereby keeping it truly agile to change. Continue reading

Agile Stacks thoughts: Agile Stacks SuperHub makes it much easier to deploy a service mesh into your Kubernetes ecosystem. One of the complaints of this article is that a service mesh is difficult to consistently deploy. Our SuperHub solves this problem as all of our components can be deployed in hundreds of Kubernetes clusters exactly the same way every time. Automation makes it easier to create standardization and reduce risk.

Why Apps Are Fundamentally Different in the Kubernetes Era - Richard MacManus via The New Stack

One could argue that the modern web application has essentially become one with the server. A developer’s job may end with the container, but the application itself now extends into the infrastructure and cannot be distinguished from it. Continue reading

Agile Stacks thoughts: We recognize that Kubernetes has completely changed the way developers write their application and the operation team manages that application. We assist this process by easily making their deployments uniform and secure. We also allow the development teams to create applications that can be deployed in a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environment.

 
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Agile+Devops Virtual

 

Agile + DevOps Virtual
June 8 - 11, 2020 

In light of recent events, TechWell has morphed the popular Agile + DevOps West conference into a fully virtual experience this year! From the comfort of your own digital device, you will have access to all of the same great content and experts you have come to expect from an Agile + DevOps West conference. More info

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HPE Discover Virtual Experience
Starting June 23, 2020

A unique, global experience where you can watch LIVE and on-demand keynotes, sessions, demos, hands-on labs and more during times that work in your schedule. More info


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The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit North America
June 29 - July 2, 2020

Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference North America 2020 is now a Virtual Experience, happening June 29 – July 2 on the US Central Time Zone. More info

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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020 Virtual
August 17 - 20, 2020 

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities virtually from August 17 – 20, 2020. More info

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Interop
September 21 - 24, 2020 in Austin, Texas

Interop is more than a conference; at its heart is a like-minded community of IT practitioners and advocates who are passionate about helping their peers and fostering the next generation of technologists. More info

 
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Sean_OShaughnessey(masked)I regularly talk to IT and business executives at companies large and small. I hear a couple of recurring themes that they are trying to accomplish:

- We need to develop and deploy applications faster.
- We don’t want to be locked into any vendor. 
- We don’t want our company to be on the front page of the Wall Street Journal announcing a security breach.
- We need to do more with less.

Lately, I could add the struggle that companies are having with home-based workers, so let me address that first. If you have genuinely adopted a hybrid-cloud/multi-cloud strategy, your IT workers can be equally effective wherever they are located. I am happy to set up a time with you to explain how Agile Stacks helps you adopt that flexible approach.

Going faster and getting more done while lowering costs has been a mantra in IT for decades. Automation is the key to achieving this goal, and the Agile Stacks SuperHub can be the epicenter of managing this automation as well as accelerating the creation of it. With Kubernetes, companies can easily have a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud architecture that sets up new environments in minutes and allows dozens or hundreds of application updates per day. Kubernetes is not especially easy to manage and deploy, but with Agile Stacks SuperHub, we reduce that effort dramatically.

Earlier in this newsletter, we shared an excellent article that states, “Despite 86% of enterprises deploying security tools, only 34% have implemented single sign-on (SSO).” This is a strategy that will put your goal of not having a security breach at risk. SSO can be hard for many companies to implement without a tool like Agile Stacks SuperHub. Our goal at Agile Stacks is that you will never be on the front page of the Wall Street Journal because of our technology. When you use our automation platform, every tool is deployed in under an hour, is done uniformly for all implementations, and is done with the highest security practices in the industry.

Obviously, a great way to control costs is to not be locked into one vendor. We are proud that our customers can deploy to every major cloud vendor as well as on-premises. Our customers have the freedom to manage their costs and escape vendor lock-in. Even our own product avoids vendor lock-in as everything that SuperHub creates can be run without licensing SuperHub.

At the top of this newsletter, we asked you to fill out a survey of your needs and goals for application development and cloud management. We are actively working on new tools and enhancement technology that will make your job easier. This survey will help us prioritize the problems that we should address first. We thank you for helping us, and we will give you a $25 gift card to compensate you for your efforts. The survey is at https://agilestacks.limequery.com/423268?lang=en.

Obviously, I am proud of our technology at Agile Stacks. I am confident that we can help you reduce costs, accelerate deployments, and increase security. I would enjoy talking with you about your goals and how we can help you. You can reach me at sean@agilestacks.com. In fact, you can directly make an appointment on my calendar at this link.

Sean O'Shaughnessey, Chief Revenue Officer

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