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How Virtual Kubernetes Clusters Can Speed Up Your Local Development
Jun 22, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Oh hey, a blog post about virtual clusters again. Maybe you have already heard of those in the context of multi-tenancy, or even jokingly mentioned to someone that some crazy folks are promoting Kubernetes inside Kubernetes.

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.

Why I Joined Loft
Jun 7, 2022 | 4 Minute Read

My career in tech started out with PHP & Web development. I think I was an ok engineer, I could learn new concepts and languages given some time, but I just never really had a burning passion for the frameworks and technologies I was using.

KubeCon Valencia 2022 Wrapup
May 25, 2022 | 16 Minute Read

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 was held in Valencia, Spain, from May 18-20. This was the first in-person KubeCon since the Covid-19 Pandemic began. It’s also the first KubeCon Europe that I attended.

Loft Labs at KubeCon 2022 Valencia
May 16, 2022 | 1 Minute Read

We’re excited to announce that most of the Loft Labs team will be attending KubeCon 2022 Europe in Valencia this week. Members of the team attending include Loft Labs CEO Lukas Gentele, CTO Fabian Kramm, VP of Marketing Dan Finneran, Developer Advocate Lian Li, and me.

Kubernetes Multi-Cluster Part 3: Authentication and Access Control
May 9, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

This article is the third part of a series focused on Kubernetes multi-cluster technology. For an introduction to this topic, the goals and responsibilities of multi-cluster setups, and how to manage the cluster lifecycle, please see parts one and two of this series.

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Kubernetes Dashboard: 10 Alternatives You Should Consider
May 3, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

Kubernetes is a strong tool in the arsenal of any developer or infrastructure engineer. There are many different reasons for running Kubernetes, from orchestrating your containers in a sensible and structured fashion to organizing a complex infrastructure containing diverse services.

Happy Birthday vcluster!
May 2, 2022 | 3 Minute Read

We recently passed the one-year mark since vcluster was open sourced. If you’re not familiar with vcluster, it’s a tool for creating and managing virtual Kubernetes Clusters.

GitHub Authentication for Kubernetes – a Step-by-Step Guide
Apr 18, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

In addition to its many other use cases, single sign-on (SSO) works well for Kubernetes authentication. The benefits of using SSO for Kubernetes include simplified account management and provisioning and self-service for developers.

100 Kubernetes Tutorials to Get You from Zero to Hero
Apr 12, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

Kubernetes is an open source orchestration and containerization system used for the deployment and management of cloud-native applications on a cluster of hosts, be it on-premises infrastructure or public cloud platforms.

Kubernetes Multi-Cluster Part 2: Managing the Cluster Lifecycle
Apr 11, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

This article is the second part of a series focused on Kubernetes multi-cluster. For an introduction and more about the goals and responsibilities of multi-cluster setups, please see part one.

Multi-Cluster Kubernetes Part One: Defining Goals and Responsibilities
Apr 8, 2022 | 9 Minute Read

Developers who work in fast-paced environments face the risk of infrastructure sprawl in their VMs or servers. Even with the rise in containerized deployments on Kubernetes and other platforms, admins still must determine how to efficiently manage hundreds and thousands of clusters for various projects.

Okta for Kubernetes – A Step-by-Step Guide
Apr 5, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

Single Sign-On (SSO) has become a prominent part of enterprise strategy to bolster the security posture of user identification across different applications. SSO is an authentication system for users that enables them to use a single set of credentials when accessing a number of autonomous software systems.

Cloud-Native Journey Part 5: Feedback and Continuous Improvement
Apr 4, 2022 | 11 Minute Read

This is the final installment of our multi-article series exploring cloud-native technologies. To learn more about optimizing for developer experience and its critical role in implementation success, check out part four here.

vcluster on TGIK
Mar 31, 2022 | 1 Minute Read

The latest episode of VMWare’s TGIK stream featured a hands-on look at vcluster. You can watch the recording below. If you’re not familiar with vcluster, it improves the Kubernetes multi-tenancy experience by letting users run virtual Kubernetes clusters inside a shared host cluster.

20 Kubernetes Blogs, Journals, and Podcasts to Follow in 2022
Mar 29, 2022 | 7 Minute Read

Kubernetes continues to grow in popularity, especially among enterprise organizations, according to the most recent State of Cloud Native Development report. As more and more developers sign on to use the container orchestration platform, helping and supporting them becomes increasingly important.

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.

Cloud Native Journey Part 4: Optimizing for Developer Experience
Mar 23, 2022 | 9 Minute Read

This is part four of our five-part series exploring cloud-native technologies. In part one and part two you were introduced to a cloud-native system and learned more about the ins and outs of establishing your cloud-native infrastructure.

Kubernetes and LDAP: Enterprise Authentication for Kubernetes
Mar 22, 2022 | 12 Minute Read

Authentication is an important part of functionality across software applications and infrastructures. It allows you to restrict access to users the system recognizes via tokens, username and password pairs, certificates, and other authentication mechanisms.

Deep Dive Into Kubernetes Init Containers
Mar 20, 2022 | 13 Minute Read

The popularity of Kubernetes and its ecosystem grows like a snowball rolling down Mount Everest. Imagine the design patterns, numerous workload requirements, workload types, and behaviors that fuel the development of Kubernetes.

Cloud-Native Journey Part 3: Distribution and Rollout
Mar 16, 2022 | 8 Minute Read

This is part three of our multi-article series exploring cloud-native technologies. For the introduction and to learn more about the setup process, check out part one.

vcluster on Bret Fisher’s Docker and DevOps Show
Mar 15, 2022 | 1 Minute Read

Loft CEO Lukas Gentele and I recently joined Bret Fisher’s Docker and DevOps YouTube stream to talk about vcluster. It was great to stream with Bret.

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.

Cloud Native Journey Part 2: Technical Adventure
Mar 9, 2022 | 6 Minute Read

This is part two of our multi-article series exploring cloud-native technologies. For the introduction and to learn more about essential goals and expectations that impact the setup process, check out part 1 here.

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