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Making Self-Service Clusters Ready for DevOps Adoption
Nov 14, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

History is littered with cautionary tales of software delivery tools that were technically ahead of their time, yet were ultimately unsuccessful because of a lack of end user adoption.

KubeCon Detroit Wrapup
Nov 3, 2022 | 18 Minute Read

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 was held October 26-28 in Detroit, Michigan. It was the second in-person KubeCon NA since the Covid pandemic started, although there was also an option for viewing the talks virtually.

Interview with KubeCon Keynote Speaker Mauricio Salatino from VMware
Oct 27, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

Loft Labs is excited to welcome Kubecon North America 2022 keynote speaker Mauricio “Salaboy” Salatino for an exclusive interview where we dive into the struggles facing platform engineers with the CNCF ecosystem.

Kubectl Get Context: Its Uses and How to Get Started
Sep 30, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration system, has gained a lot of traction in the past few years. It’s now one of the most popular ways to deploy and manage large-scale applications.

Kubernetes DaemonSet: What It Is and 5 Ways to Use It
Sep 28, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

Kubernetes DaemonSet is a powerful tool for managing persistent workloads on your system. It ensures that each instance of an application running on your system will always be running.

Kubectl Rollout Restart: 3 Ways to Use It
Sep 28, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

When working with kubectl and rolling out a new app version, you need to know what to do when it breaks. Taking a step back, an update is a big deal for any production deployment.

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3 Ways to Manage Kubernetes on AWS and How to Get Started
Sep 26, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

AWS is one of the most popular choices for container orchestration due to its reliability and efficiency. In this article, we will look at some of the most popular tools and ways to manage Kubernetes on AWS.

How to Create and Manage Kubernetes Secrets: A Tutorial
Sep 23, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

When developing applications, it’s common to have sensitive information you would not want exposed to unauthorized personnel. Unlike other objects in your cluster, such as those used in a Pod specification, a Secret can be created and stored independently of its associated Pods.

Platform Engineering: The Definitive Guide
Sep 21, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Platform Engineering: The Definitive Guide You may have heard the term “platform engineering.” In recent years, the role of platform engineer has become increasingly popular. As internet-based companies have grown, so has the desire to empower developers to own the entire development life cycle, from coding to shipping the code.

How to Restart Pods in Kubectl: A Tutorial With Examples
Sep 19, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

When you’re first starting out with Kubernetes (k8s), the care and feeding of your containers often seems complicated. The terminology is different, even from Docker, and the commands look opaque.

Kubernetes Service Account: What It Is and How to Use It
Sep 16, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Kubernetes provides a few authentication and authorization methods. It comes with a built-in account management solution, but it should be integrated with your own user management system like Active Directory or LDAP.

Cloud Development: An Introductory Guide
Sep 14, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

Cloud Development: An Introductory Guide The cloud has many perks and is now the standard for organizations of all sizes, from large corporations to startups. Technological innovation, flexibility, improved deployment strategies, cost optimization, and more technological accessibility with less complexity are a few of these perks.

Kubernetes Namespace: The What, Why, and How
Sep 14, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

Unlike Docker, Kubernetes supports multiple virtual sub-clusters called namespaces that are backed by the same physical cluster. In this post, we’ll explore what Kubernetes namespaces are, why you need them, and how to create them.

The Definitive Guide to Development Environments
Sep 13, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

The Definitive Guide to Development Environments What Is a Development Environment? The development environment is a workplace where the collection of processes and tools help you to develop the program source code.

What Does It Mean to Scale a Deployment?
Sep 12, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

Kubernetes can do a lot of things for you. It can manage secrets, create load balancers, create and destroy cloud storages for your pods, and much more.

Kubectl Patch: What You Can Use It for and How to Do It
Sep 7, 2022 | 9 Minute Read

Kubernetes' automated deployments make life easier. Managing integrated applications used to require multiple systems, with error-prone orchestration that crossed multiple computer and application boundaries. But with k8s, you can define your application as deployments and let the orchestrator do the rest.

Kubectl Get Nodes: Why and How to Use It
Sep 7, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

When Kubernetes was first released, it was missing a critical piece of information: a way to find out which servers were running. This caused all kinds of problems in the community.

When and How to Use Kubectl Proxy to Access the Kubernetes API
Sep 7, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Kubernetes is a virtualization platform that automates and simplifies application deployment, scaling, and maintenance by leveraging container technology. As a developer or engineer working with Kubernetes, you must learn how to configure the necessary components to deploy your app.

DevSpace 6 is Here!
Aug 23, 2022 | 4 Minute Read

We’re excited to announce that DevSpace version 6 has been released. Thanks to everyone who used the alpha and beta versions and gave us feedback.

Kubernetes Monitoring: Strategy, Best Practices, and Tools to Use
Aug 16, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

Kubernetes offers a seamless, distributed solution for managing application workloads hosted across cluster nodes. According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s most recent data, Kubernetes is the leading container orchestration system, with 69% of respondents using Kubernetes in production.

Kubectl Exec: Everything You Need to Know
Aug 9, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Containers make application portability and delivery easier. They use resources more efficiently than bare metal or virtual machines. They’re more portable, lighter, and smaller, making them easier to deploy anywhere, regardless of which cloud provider or on-premises center you need to run your code.

Introducing: Lightweight, Ephemeral and Local k8s Clusters
Aug 9, 2022 | 2 Minute Read

Tl;DR: For a 5-minute video demo of the new vcluster extension for Docker Desktop, scroll to the bottom of this post. Developing applications designed to run on Kubernetes can be a pain, especially if you switch between multiple applications that depend on different existing services.

Kubernetes Multi-Cluster Part 5: Cost Optimization
Jul 24, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

This article is the fifth part of a series focused on Kubernetes multi-cluster technology. Part one introduced the series, including the goals and responsibilities of multi-cluster setups.

Nomad vs. Kubernetes: Picking the Right Tool in 2022
Jul 19, 2022 | 11 Minute Read

The widespread use of cloud-native applications, and therefore containers, has resulted in the development of numerous container orchestration tools, among which HashiCorp’s Nomad and Kubernetes stand out.

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