New Jetstackers in 2018

Introduction As ever, the Jetstack team are incredibly busy. Recent months have seen back-to-back Kubernetes consulting, training and open source development, as more and more companies adopt Kubernetes in order to meet the demands of their business. It has to be said that at Jetstack we are scaling to meet the demands of our business: Just 3 months into 2018, and we have already grown by 3 members! We are delighted to welcome to our team Matt (yes, another!

Kubernetes Training with Jetstack

This blog post provides an insight into how we run our Kubernetes workshops as we prepare for even more from Jetstack training in 2018. Introduction In 2017, Jetstack ran more than 25 Kubernetes in Practice workshops: We trained engineers from over 80 different companies in London and across Europe, and had a great time doing so! 2018 promises to be an even busier year for Jetstack training, with several dates already in the diary for our first and second series of Beginner and Intermediate workshops.

The Kubernetes Market in 2018

Not long ago, I overheard the Jetstack team chatting about recent changes in the market and the increasingly widespread adoption of Kubernetes. Only when I reflected to write this did I realise that we have been saying the same thing every few months for the past year. Indeed, the Kubernetes market shows no sign of slowing down. Jetstack alone has tripled in size as we scale to cater to demand, KubeCon has gone from a couple of hundred in a small room to 4000 in a vast conference centre, and recent announcements have seen millions of dollars pour into the space as companies like Cisco and VMWare announce strategic investments.

What's New in Navigator?

Navigator is a Kubernetes extension for managing distributed databases. In this post we’ll tell you about all the improvements we’ve made since we unveiled it last year, including: experimental support for Apache Cassandra clusters, improved support for Elasticsearch clusters, and a Helm chart for easy installation! We’ll also give you an overview of the Navigator roadmap for 2018.

A Day in the Life of a Jetstack Solutions Engineer

Solutions Engineer Luke provides an insight into what it’s like to work on Kubernetes projects with Jetstack. What made you want to work for Jetstack? I wanted to work for Jetstack because they offered me the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects, both with private clients and in open source. On one hand, I provide consultation for customers about Kubernetes best practices, and run workshops with Google to teach those who are relatively new to Kubernetes about the various tools available within the software.

Introducing Tarmak - the toolkit for Kubernetes cluster provisioning and management

We are proud to introduce Tarmak, an open source toolkit for Kubernetes cluster lifecycle management that focuses on best practice cluster security, management and operation. It has been built from the ground-up to be cloud provider-agnostic and provides a means for consistent and reliable cluster deployment and management, across clouds and on-premises environments.

Roundup - @JetstackHQ's Tuesday Twitter Tips for Kubernetes

Last year we were successful with a series of Kubernetes tips shared via Twitter : it was called Tuesday Tips. Following a bit of a hiatus, we’d like to bring it back. We’re starting with a roundup of our previous tips (those that are still valid anyway!)

This blog post compiles a summary of them, and ranks them according to popularity. Looking back it’s amazing how much the project has changed, so we’re exploring new features and running another series.

September New Hires and Offsite

The Jetstack team has multiplied quickly in the last year as we grow our engineering and operations teams. In September alone, we saw the addition of three new members. A warm welcome to Luke, Louis and Hannah!

This latest blog post serves as a brief introduction to the newest Jetstackers, and details the recent offsite meeting in Wales.

Introducing Navigator

Today we are proud to introduce Navigator, a centralised controller for managing the lifecycle of complex distributed applications. It intends to be the central control point for creating, updating, managing and monitoring stateful databases and services with Kubernetes.

Navigator is open source and extensible from day one. We launch today with support for Elasticsearch in alpha, with Couchbase support soon to land in the next few weeks, and more planned.

Containers - The Journey to Production

Tuesday the 21st of April was the inaugural [ Contain ] meetup.

Hosted at the Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch, we were fortunate to have representation from:

The theme chosen for the event was:

“Containers - The Journey to Production”

Learning From Billion Dollar Startups

If you’ve not seen the Wall Street Journal’s Billion Dollar Startup Club, this article tracks venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more. I thought I would take a look into their technology stacks to see what I could learn. The companies I have chosen to explore aren’t based on any categorisation, they are just highly visible companies that I thought most people would recognise. Obviously these companies are different to your average company, but they are fast-growing, innovative, and perhaps give us a glimpse into the future of computing.

Introducing Jetstack

I made the cut as a millennial by one year. The rate of technological change I have witnessed over the years is amazing. I’ve seen the birth of the web, the first mobile phones in the playground, and the flurry of excitement as the university computing lab is introduced to ‘thefacebook’.