Getting Started With Kubernetes Operators (Ansible Based) — Part 2 Introduction In the first part of this blog series, getting started with Kubernetes operators (Helm based), we learned the basics of operators and build a Helm based operator. In this blog post, we will try out an Ansible-based operator. Ansible is a very popular tool used by organizations across the globe for configuration management, deployment, and automation of other operational tasks, this makes Ansible an ideal tool to build operators as with operators also we intend to eliminate/minimize the manual interventions required while running/managing our applications on Kubernetes. Ansible based operators allow us to use Ansible playbooks andRead More →

Getting Started With Kubernetes Operators (Helm Based) — Part 1 Introduction The concept of operators was introduced by CoreOs in the last quarter of 2016 and post the introduction of operator framework last year, operators are rapidly becoming the standard way of managing applications on Kubernetes especially the ones which are stateful in nature. In this blog post, we will learn what an operator is. Why they are needed and what problems do they solve. We will also create a helm based operator as an example. This is the first part of our Kubernetes Operator Series. In the second part, getting started with Kubernetes operators (Ansible based), and theRead More →

This post is authored by Mike Burbey, Sr. Outposts SA AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to any data center, colocation space, or on-premises facility for a consistent hybrid experience. AWS Outposts is ideal for workloads that require low latency, access to on-premises systems, local data processing, data residency, and migration of applications with local system interdependencies. As part of the AWS Shared Responsibility Model, customers are responsible for capacity planning while using AWS Outposts. Customers must forecast compute and storage needs in addition to data center space, power, and HVAC requirements alongRead More →

Amazon FSx provides AWS customers with the native compatibility of third-party file systems with feature sets for workloads such as Windows-based storage, high performance computing (HPC), machine learning, and electronic design automation (EDA).  Amazon FSx automates the time-consuming administration tasks such as hardware provisioning, software configuration, patching, and backups. Since Amazon FSx integrates the file systems with cloud-native AWS services, this makes them even more useful for a broader set of workloads. Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Built on Windows Server, Amazon FSx delivers a wide range ofRead More →

Due to recent refactoring, I figured out that I need to move some Terraform state items from one S3 path to another. And then to merge configurations with other stuff at the destination directory. Terraform can move state items around, but this feature doesn’t work with remote states. Here is one way of doing it. Example Use Case First, let’s consider the following situation, this is configuration directory tree output: . ├── db │   └── test │   ├── (s3 key: aws/db/test/terraform.tfstate) │   └── ├── test │   ├── (s3 key: aws/test/terraform.tfstate) │   ├── You want to merge db/test state items into aws/test/terraform.tfstateRead More →

More than one year ago CoreOS introduced AWS ALB (Application Load Balancer) support for Kubernetes. This project was born out of Ticketmaster’s tight relationship with CoreOS. It was in an alpha state for a long time, so I waited for some beta/stable release to put my hands on it. The project is donated to Kubernetes SIG-AWS on June 1, 2018, and now there is a lot more activity. A few months ago the first stable version got released. Let’s try the ALB ingress and see how it compares to Nginx ingress or more advanced Contour ingress that I wrote about in some previous posts. HowRead More →

In a traditional approach to application deployment, you typically fix a failed deployment by redeploying an older, stable version of the application. Redeployment in traditional data centers is typically done on the same set of resources due to the cost and effort of provisioning additional resources. Applying the principles of agility, scalability, and automation capabilities of AWS can shift the paradigm of application deployment. This enables a better deployment technique called blue/green deployment. Blue/green deployments provide near-zero downtime release and rollback capabilities. The fundamental idea behind blue/green deployment is to shift traffic between two identical environments that are running different versions of your application. TheRead More →

Managing applications deployments on Raspberry Pi can be cumbersome, especially in headless mode and at scale when placing the devices outdoors and out of reach such as in home automation projects, in the yard (for motion detection) or on the roof (as a humidity and temperature sensor). In these use cases, you have to remotely connect via secure shell to administer the device. It can be complicated to keep physically connecting when you need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Alternatively, you can connect via SSH in your home local network, provided your client workstation is also on the same private network. In this post, weRead More →

Introduction As workloads move to the cloud and all infrastructure becomes virtual, infrastructure as code (IaC) becomes essential to leverage the agility of this new world. JSON and YAML are the powerful, declarative modeling languages of AWS CloudFormation, allowing you to define complex architectures using IaC. Just as higher level languages like BASIC and C abstracted away the details of assembly language and made developers more productive, the AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) provides a programming model above the native template languages, a model that makes developers more productive when creating IaC. When you instantiate CDK objects in your Typescript (or Python, Java, etc.)Read More →

Not aware of what Amazon S3 Intelligent Tiering can do for you? Here we have enlisted the practical use cases of S3 Intelligent Tiering. Let’s dive deep and have a look! Amazon S3 is one of the most popular AWS services among AWS users. This service offers multiple storage options (classes) to cater to every type of budget and access frequency. In 2018, Amazon introduced the S3 Intelligent Tier class, a standard designed to reduce your storage costs while retaining high performance. This solution stores data in two access tiers: the frequent access (FA) tier and the infrequent access (IA) tier. Any data that hasn’tRead More →