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Introducing the Loft Terraform Provider
Jun 15, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

We’re proud to announce our new terraform provider for Loft. For customers already managing infrastructure using Terraform, the terraform-provider-loft allows configuring Loft spaces and virtual clusters as terraform resources.

Announcing vcluster Plugins and the vcluster SDK
Mar 28, 2022 | 2 Minute Read

vcluster is an open source project that allows users to create and run virtual Kubernetes clusters inside of a shared cluster. A virtual cluster runs inside a namespace of the shared host cluster, but it appears to the user as a standalone, dedicated cluster.

Terraform vs Kubernetes - Everything You Need To Know
Mar 14, 2022 | 12 Minute Read

Without automation, launching a new product or improving an existing infrastructure is often an uphill task. Luckily, there are many automation tools available to make your project lifecycle more efficient.

7 Open Source Cloud Native Tools That Aren’t Kubernetes
Mar 7, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

When you hear the phrase “cloud native,” is Kubernetes the first thing that comes to your mind? It is for me, and I expect I’m not alone.

Reducing Kubernetes Cost: Kubecost vs Cast.ai
Jan 12, 2022 | 10 Minute Read

Maintaining a microservices ecosystem is challenging, without doubt. However, many companies that unravel that day-to-day mystery still struggle with cost—whether or not they fully understand their operating expenses.

Kubernetes on Windows: 6 Life-Saving Tools & Tips
Dec 15, 2021 | 10 Minute Read

Kubernetes is primarily a Linux technology, so it’s fairly straightforward to run it on different Linux distros. But what about the developers working on Windows who need to run Kubernetes locally?

Kubernetes StatefulSet - Examples & Best Practices
Nov 23, 2021 | 11 Minute Read

Are you planning to deploy a database in the Kubernetes cluster? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Kubernetes is a container orchestration tool that uses many controllers to run applications as containers (Pods).

9 Tools Every Platform Engineer Should Know
Nov 10, 2021 | 11 Minute Read

Earlier this year, at my company, we hit a wall while developing a web application for a client. We had very limited finances and needed someone to support the DevOps side of things.

Kubernetes Cost Monitoring With Kubecost
Nov 9, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

Kubernetes has taken the software development world by storm. It gives you an excellent framework to deploy your application with and abstracts away the low-level details of the underlying infrastructure.

Kubernetes NGINX Ingress: 10 Useful Configuration Options
Nov 8, 2021 | 8 Minute Read

An ingress is a Kubernetes object that provides routing rules that are used for managing external access to the services in a cluster. Ingress makes it easy to define routing rules, paths, name-based virtual hosting, domains or subdomains, and tons of other functionalities for dynamically accessing your applications.

Kubernetes Persistent Volumes: Examples & Best Practices
Nov 3, 2021 | 12 Minute Read

Kubernetes has many advantages; among them is the ability to easily create and delete workloads as containers. When using stateful applications, care must be taken when handling data.

Harbor + Kubernetes = Self-Hosted Container Registry
Nov 1, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

Self-hosting is, by no stretch of the imagination, a new concept. For many years, engineers and IT admins have been looking into how they can self-host their tools.

Hands-on Introduction to jsPolicy with Rawkode
Sep 21, 2021 | 1 Minute Read

Recently I had the chance to appear on another episode of Rawkode Live with Loft Labs CEO Lukas Gentele, talking about jsPolicy. If you’re not familiar with it, jsPolicy is a policy framework for Kubernetes that allows you to write policies using JavaScript or TypeScript.

Kubernetes Dashboards: Octant
Jul 22, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

Octant is one of the best-known tools in the Kubernetes dashboard space. It’s a project that Bryan Liles built a lot of back when he was at Heptio.

Kubernetes Dashboards: Headlamp
Jul 14, 2021 | 5 Minute Read

Headlamp is an open source web UI for Kubernetes created by the team at Kinvolk, which was recently acquired by Microsoft. It’s a great-looking alternative to the built-in Kubernetes Dashboard.

Docker Compose vs Kubernetes Development Tools
Jul 12, 2021 | 7 Minute Read

When getting started with Docker, many developers quickly turn to Docker Compose to run their applications. Compose offers many advantages, such as having your configuration stored as code, making it easy to maintain and expand upon.

Kubernetes Dashboards: Lens
Jun 29, 2021 | 4 Minute Read

Command-line tools like kubectl are a great way to interact with Kubernetes clusters for some of us, but many people prefer a graphical interface. Kubernetes has a built-in dashboard, but some people are looking for features that it doesn’t support.

11 of the Best Open-Source Kubernetes Tools - 2021 Edition
May 27, 2021 | 10 Minute Read

Nearly everyone touching cloud infrastructure in 2021 is familiar with the Kubernetes project. Put simply, Kubernetes is an incredibly powerful platform for container orchestration. But in my opinion, Kubernetes, more than anything, is a collection of best practices baked into a system that can scale from a Raspberry Pi up to the largest Fortune 500 infrastructure.

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