Newsletter: Winter 2019

Posted by Sean O'Shaughnessey on Dec 3, 2019 9:15:00 AM
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mariana-b-iKHXbvNHXPQ-unsplashWelcome to our Winter newsletter!

We want to start by wishing you Happy Holidays for the upcoming season. We hope that peace, love, and joy for you and yours are granted during this season.

Later in this newsletter, you will read about our exciting announcement of Agile Stacks KubeFlex. KubeFlex enables fully automated deployments of Kubernetes clusters on both bare metal and virtualized infrastructure in multiple data centers and edge locations. While it is relatively easy to add more computing power to hosted cloud deployments, this has always been a challenge for Kubernetes deployments on-premise. KubeFlex makes on-premise and edge deployments of Kubernetes as easy to deploy and expand cloud deployments. 

We look forward to explaining Agile Stacks KubeFlex to you personally if you are interested. To contact us, reply to this newsletter or drop a note to sales@agilestacks.com.

A few weeks ago, we were one of the sponsors of Kubecon in San Diego. Kubecon was an extraordinary event for us. We met several of you while we were there. You can see several images and our thoughts about the event on Twitter (@agilestacks). While you are looking at our Twitter profile, please take the time to follow us.

We hope that you enjoy this newsletter. Please make sure you scroll to the bottom to read the comments from Igor Mameshin, our CTO and Co-founder.


 
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Agile Stacks Launches KubeFlex Cloud-Native Platform for Deploying and Managing Kubernetes Clusters in Data Centers and at the Edge

KubeFlex debuted at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019. KubeFlex extends the Agile Stacks platform to enable enterprises to accelerate software delivery across on-premises or hybrid cloud deployments

Agile Stacks, Inc., the Kubernetes DevOps automation company, today announced the launch of KubeFlex, a new cloud-native software platform enabling zero-touch Kubernetes deployments in data centers and at the edge. The first release of KubeFlex supports bare metal, VMware, and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environments. It complements the Agile Stacks platform, which supports Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, and RedHat OpenShift. Together, these offerings give enterprise customers the power and flexibility to leverage some of the most widely adopted platforms for modern applications; accelerate their software delivery; and simplify the management of public cloud, on-premises, or hybrid deployments.

Agile Stacks KubeFlex enables fully automated deployments of Kubernetes clusters on both bare metal and virtualized infrastructure in multiple data centers and edge locations. IT organizations can now replace manual onsite operations with fully automated remote deployments and upgrades. Agile Stacks also provides a catalog of supported applications and stacks for DevOps and machine learning (ML) on Kubernetes. By extending Agile Stacks SuperHub with KubeFlex, enterprises can now easily develop software products with built-in multi-cloud support that deploy, run, and integrate with applications on any infrastructure.

Even as more applications move to the cloud, enterprises increasingly need to support edge computing where data is captured and processed as close to the source as possible. To ensure low-touch simplicity, the hardware at the edge needs to be easy to deploy and replace, and the software needs to be simple to deploy and update.

KubeFlex uniquely meets the data center and edge-computing demands of fast-moving enterprises by providing the ability to deploy zero-touch Kubernetes clusters in completely uninitialized machines. By eliminating the need for operating system or hypervisor installations, KubeFlex empowers organizations to accelerate the speed of their application deployments.

Additionally, enterprises can now remotely manage clusters in both data centers and edge-based use cases. As KubeFlex-provisioned clusters come online, they automatically synchronize with the Agile Stacks SuperHub automation hub, enabling IT organizations to quickly and easily create and manage multiple consistent, controlled, and secure deployments of their preferred application development and operation environments. Continue reading

Buzzword bingo for software automation

Infrastructure as code (IaC) delivers the promise of agility and speed to IT Ops teams as well as developers. Yet new terms seem to be blended or, worse, misused in the context of what value can be achieved. Continue reading

Technical humility doesn't win you customers

Don’t downplay your technical credibility because that is one of the main reasons you were discovered in the first place. All too often, the current modus operandi for a marketing or sales conversation is about 'business value.' While there is certainly nothing incorrect with that approach, we recommend not losing yourself in the generalities of solving business problems that you forget who you are. Continue reading

Don’t Break the Kubernetes Contract!

These six things from your current enterprise probably won’t (or shouldn’t) work in your new Kubernetes architecture. Continue reading

 
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How To Build A Business Case For DevOps - James Roberts via Digitalist Magazine

Following this outline will help you put together a story that justifies the adoption of DevOps in terms of business outcomes rather than purely technical benefits. But remember: The amount of work you need to put into your business case will vary. For example, if you’re asking to start a small trial project in a company that has already adopted DevOps, maybe you won’t need a very detailed cost analysis to get management buy-in. Tailor your proposal to the people and circumstances you’re dealing with. Once the business case is approved, you’ll be ready to start implementing the new tools and processes that will help you to successfully adopt DevOps. Continue reading

DevOps, NoOps: Power Tools for the Software Era - Gene Kim via Deloitte

In the past, DevOps was important mostly to technology executives. These days, almost all CEOs are being asked how they are responding to digital disruption, defending their markets from the dominant technology platform players, and investing in their software capabilities. In the age of software, almost every act of investment has something to do with software. It’s difficult to overstate the technology miracles that are now possible that wouldn’t have been a decade ago. Instagram had only 13 employees—six of whom were generalist developers—when Facebook acquired it for $1 billion. Pokémon Go broke the record for fastest time to gross $100 million, among other records, with fewer than 40 employees. Continue reading

What Your Kubernetes Security Checklist Might Be Missing - Jim Bugwadia via The New Stack

Kubernetes is a complex system, and securing it requires thinking about several different layers of the stack as well as covering both build and configuration time concerns as well as run-time concerns. Kubernetes provides a number of security constructs that can be leveraged to create a highly secure environment. However, what should be fairly obvious is that enterprise-wide Kubernetes security requires a management plane that is constantly validating, auditing, and ensuring configurations and compliance across clusters to ensure that Kubernetes is correctly configured and secured. Continue reading

Living In A Microservice World: Why Kubernetes Security Matters - Aater Suleman via Forbes

As the use of Kubernetes grows so will bad actors looking to take advantage of organizations still getting their arms around cloud-based Kubernetes clusters. The best approach is to take a holistic security view, ensuring that Kubernetes-based microservices receive the same scrutiny from your security team, but likely with even stricter controls and rules than the rest of your environment given the multiple levels of security within Kubernetes that need to be addressed. Continue reading

How to Treat Your Kubernetes Clusters Like Cattle, Not Pets - Bill Mulligan via The New Stack

The analogy of Pets vs. Cattle has become one of the core concepts of a DevOps service model. The idea was first introduced by Bill Baker, a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, in his presentation “Scaling SQL Server 2012” and later popularized by Gavin McCance talking about the OpenStack cloud at CERN. The difference between Cattle and Pets is how vital each individual is to you. Running Cattle rather than Pets is a computing infrastructure best practice no matter what layer of the stack. It provides customers a better service, reduces time to recovery, and eliminates lost revenue from production outages. Kubernetes became the standard for container orchestration because it allows you to treat your containers like Cattle. Kubernetes clusters themselves should be treated like Cattle too. Continue reading

 
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AWS reInvent
AWS re:Invent
December 2 - 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada

A learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. More info

Linux Foundation member summit 20

 

The Linux Foundation Member Summit
March 10 - 12, 2020 in Lake Tahoe, California

The Linux Foundation Member Summit (formerly Open Source Leadership Summit) is the annual gathering for Linux Foundation member organizations. More info

KubeCon EU20

 

KubeCon and CloudNativeCon Europe 2020
March 30 - April 2, 2020 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from March 30 – April 2, 2020. More info

Google Cloud Next

 

Google Cloud Next '20
April 6 - 8, 2020 in San Francisco, California

Bringing together some of the brightest minds in tech for 3 days of networking, learning, and collaboration. Experience the magic of Google Cloud Next alongside IT professionals, developers, executives, and Google experts. More info

Red hat summit

 

Red Hat Summit
April 27 - 29, 2020 in San Francisco, California

Open source means choice, and your choices reveal many possible paths. Wherever you want to go, Red Hat® Summit can show you the way. More info

Ingram micro cloud summit

 

Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2020
May 12 - 14, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida

By helping you plug into The Power of More, Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2020 is designed to give you more of everything you need to achieve success in cloud and beyond. More info

Gartner summit

 

Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation Summit
May 18 - 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida

As digital transformation unfolds, enterprise architects and technology innovation leaders must pinpoint the business areas in which today’s rapidly changing technologies can deliver new value now and tomorrow. More info

Glue Con

 

GlueCon 2020
May 20 - 21, 2020, in Broomfield, Colorado

GlueCon is a developer-oriented conference focused on providing the latest in-depth technical information, presented in a format that fosters community. More info

agile devops west

 

Agile + DevOps West
June 7 - 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Agile + DevOps West brings together practitioners seeking to accelerate the delivery of reliable, secure software applications. Find out how the practice of agile & DevOps brings cross-functional stakeholders together to deliver software with greater speed and agility while meeting quality and security demands. More Info

DockerCon20

 

DockerCon 2020
June 15 - 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas

DockerCon 2020 is a 3 day technology conference, where customers and community come to learn, share and connect with each other. Level up your skills and go home inspired and ready to invest and implement your containerization strategies. More info

linux open source summit

 

The Linux Foundation Open Source Summit North America
June 22 - 24, 2020 in Austin, Texas

More info to come

hpe discover 2020

 

HPE Discover 2020
June 23 - 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Three inspirational days of excitement and insights to advance your enterprise. Experience hands-on demos, empowering sessions, networking opportunities and expert breakouts about our most advanced Edge-to-Cloud, AI and Security developments. Come for the insights and connections of HPE Discover 2020, stay for the energy and fun of Las Vegas. More info

Oreilly AI con

 

O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference
September 14 - 17, 2020 in New York, New York

Organizations that successfully apply AI tools and strategies compete more effectively. Make plans to join us at the O'Reilly AI Conference and chart your business transformation. More info

interop 2020

 

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

KubeCon na 2020

 

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2020
November 17 - 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts

More info to come

 
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Kubernetes adoption has accelerated beyond early adopters to reach a mainstream group of large enterprise users. Kubernetes is now used across all industries: from technology companies to financial services to retail to insurance. However, the challenges of scaling cloud-native capability across multiple teams and Day 2 operations are now even more urgent. Operations teams need to address resilience, upgrades, cost, scale, security, governance, and compliance. The Agile Stacks automation platform addresses this challenge by allowing organizations to standardize and automate their IT infrastructure using GitOps techniques—helping IT and ML operations become more agile and efficient. 

Agile Stacks' automation platform provides a complete solution for your Kubernetes ecosystem: automation, governance, and infrastructure-as-code. Rather than building one-off custom scripts for particular environments, Agile Stacks code generation technology allows enterprises to simplify Kubernetes deployments. As organizations migrate to Kubernetes, they can increase software velocity, enable developer agility, and reduce technical debt.  

In November at KubeCon in San Diego, Agile Stacks released Agile Stacks KubeFlex, a new platform enabling zero-touch Kubernetes deployments in data centers and at the edge. Agile Stacks KubeFlex enables automated deployments of Kubernetes clusters on both bare metal and virtualized infrastructure. Rather than depending on manual operations, our new, purpose-built architecture brings the cloud experience to on-prem data centers and edge deployments. As clusters come online, they automatically synchronize with Agile Stacks SuperHub, enabling them to be provisioned with auto-configured stacks of functionality, such as databases, load balancing, and machine learning pipelines. Agile Stacks KubeFlex lowers the complexity of Kubernetes for the enterprise by delivering compute when you need it and where you need it.

For me, the real joy of KubeCon was talking to so many of you that are receiving this newsletter. I enjoyed hearing your challenges in deploying the Kubernetes ecosystem and explaining how we can help. Agile Stacks SuperHub is a great platform to help organizations implement infrastructure-as-code. We can be the foundation for your DevOps and are here to be your partners as you work to deploy Infrastructure Ops (InfraOps). Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at sales@agilestacks.com, and we will help you develop your platform for your applications, machine learning algorithms, and artificial intelligence applications.

Igor Mameshin, CTO and Co-founder

 

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