- In this blog post series, I collect the following 3 Weekly Mailing List I subscribe to, leave some comments as an aide-memoire and useful links.
- Actually, I have already published the same content in my Japanese blog and am catching-up in English in this series.
- I hope it contributes to the people browsing this kind of information as a reference.
DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #518 November 29th, 2020
- The title is “Learning from AWS (Customer) Security Incidents”.
- You can learn from the security incidents of tremendous AWS user companies.
- It is not a problem of the service provider, but a setting error on the user side or information taken out by an internal person.
- There is a lot of learning because cases, trends, recommended settings, etc. are well summarized.
- The title is “The DevOps Reading List: Choosing your next DevOps book”.
- An article for choosing the next DevOps book to read. It has a Decision Tree.
- I have already read some of them, but I would like to read all of the ones listed here.
- Two detailed summary articles of KubeCon NA.
- The first title is “Kube Con NA 2020 Key Takeaways: Platforms, Safety, and End Users”. The explanation is based on the following five Takeaways.
- Platforms as product: Self-service is essential
- Safety (and speed): Move fast and don’t break things
- DevSecOps: Security is a day 0 concern
- Multi-cluster: The K8s future is connected
- End user focus: Learning and telling stories is important
- The second title is “ KubeCon North America 2020 Wrapup “. This is introduced in chronological order. I’m talking about the author and other callers on Twitter, so I can feel the presence.
- The title is “Summary of the Amazon Kinesis Event in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region”.
- AWS’s recent outage report in Northern Virginia.
- I was looking at the outage from a distance, but I was convinced by the following word and understood the link of the services.
○ CloudWatch uses Kinesis Data Streams for the processing of metric and log data.
○ Amazon Cognito uses Kinesis Data Streams to collect and analyze API access patterns.
- The paper featured this time is “Elle: inferring isolation anomalies from experimental observations”.
A KubeCon session on disaster recovery. Discussion of outbreaks, being on-call, emergency response and eventual prevention, with the interesting twist being a comparison of site reliability engineering and the ongoing pandemic healthcare response.
- The title is “KubeCon: Lessons in Disaster Recovery from COVID-19 and Site Reliability Engineering”.
- It talks about themes in the medical and software axes.
Fire Drills: A Guide to Preparing for Your Next Incident shows you how to design and run a fire drill for your SRE team. In this Whitepaper from Elieser Pereira — Customer Reliability Engineer at Container Solutions, you will see the roles of the game master, the on-call engineer, a sample scenario and what questions to expect when all seems bleak during an outage. Download the free PDF.
- It introduces a free guide to troubleshooting simulations using SRE by Container Solutions.
I’m on the lookout for an experienced product leader for a Director of Product Management role at Snyk. The job would involve owning the Snyk Container product, so a strong focus on Kubernetes and container security and on helping developers build secure applications. I’m mainly looking for candidates in the UK or Israel in order to be close to the engineering teams. More details on the Snyk jobs site.
- It introduces the job posting of the company to which the editor belongs. It is looking for a Product Management Director in Israel or the UK. I would like to stay and work in both countries for a while, but I am sorry that the situation and my skill set does not match. I want to increase and expand what I can move with my own skills, rather than moving somewhere.
The ThoughtWorks Technology Radar has been around for 10 years and covers emerging techniques, tools, platforms, languages and frameworks. Next week, on the 7th of December, join 2 of the people involved in putting together this year’s edition to hear about what’s new.
- It introduces Webinar above. I want to participate, but I will skip it this time due to late time in JST.
Lots of interest in user interfaces for Kubernetes at the moment, the latest being Headlamp. Interestingly you can run the headlamp dashboard locally or in-cluster. It also features a plugin system for extending its core functionality.
- Easy-to-use and extensible OSS Kubernetes Web UI “Headlamp” web page.
- Click here for GitHub page
- I would like to try this for comparison IDE tools.
- An OSS tool “cloudquery” that exposes cloud configurations and metadata as SQL tables and provides powerful analysis and monitoring without writing code.
- Click here for GitHub page.
Setting up dashboards for every service can end up being a manual and repetitive process. Legend builds and publishes Grafana dashboards for your services with prefilled metrics and alerts, integrating with cloudwatch, prometheus, influxdb and more.
- The GitHub page of “Legend”, a tool for creating and publishing Grafana dashboards for services and pre-filled metrics and alerts.
- The GitHub page of the load testing tool “k6”, which is based on Load Impact’s many years of experience in the load and performance testing industry.
SRE Weekly Issue #246 November 29th, 2020
DNS-based load balancing is a nice simple solution, but unfortunately it doesn’t work well in certain circumstances. Read to find out how Algolia evolved their load balancing system in response.
Paul Berthaux — Algolia
- As mentioned above and in the title, an article summarizing the company’s efforts for load balancing, which has continued to evolve, starting without load balancer.
We use percentiles all the time, so it’s really important to actually understand what they say (and what they don’t).
Piyush Verma — Last9
Thanks to An anonymous reader for this one.
- The theme is “Latency,” another SLI that is almost impossible to be accurate.
- It talked about how SLO can mislead earlier, entitled “ SLOs that lie, “ where SLI was Uptime.
The author started out as an embedded systems developer and moved into SRE. Here’s what they learned.
Eric Uriostigue — effx
- It explains the author’s thoughts on the growth cycle as an SRE.
Some great tips here. It’s hard to sound sincere in a public incident report, especially if you post a lot of them.
- It touches on the following three elements of apology defined by psychologists and explains them according to the theme.
In this blog, we discuss how we built Fare Storage, Grab’s single source of truth fare data store, and how we overcame the challenges to make it more reliable and scalable to support our expanding features.
Sourabh Suman — Grab
- The contents are as above. The figures are used effectively and are easy to read.
This article covers Netflix’s gNMI-gateway, their open source tool for collecting metrics from network devices in a highly available and fault-tolerant manner.
Colin McIntosh and Michael Costello — Netflix
- In the context of content distribution, it touches on the CDN “ Open Connect “ at the beginning and explains the background of the OSS project “ gNMI Gateway “, why it was created, and how readers monitor their networks.
This year, re:Invent is online only, so you still have a chance to attend if you’re interested.
Ana M Medina — Gremlin
- As the title suggests, the guide for “AWS re: Invent” is given at the following points.
○ Why I’m Excited
○ Options to attend
Cloudflare’s API service was impaired early this month. This is their incident report that describes a grey failure in a switch and downstream impact to etcd and their database system.
Tom Lianza and Chris Snook — Cloudflare
- As explained in the title and above, it explains the failure that occurred at Cloudflare on 11/2 in chronological order from the viewpoint of “Redundancy at each layer is something we review and require. So — how could things go wrong?”.
- Currys PC World
- By Dash
- Amazon Prime Video
This link points to Amazon’s detailed report on the outage.
KubeWeekly #242 December 4th, 2020
Editor’s pick of the highlights from the past week.
tl;dr Docker as an underlying runtime is being deprecated in favor of runtimes that use the Container Runtime Interface(CRI) created for Kubernetes. Docker-produced images will continue to work in your cluster with all runtimes, as they always have.
- The above explanation is sufficient, but if you are new to this news, I recommend that you read the following article as a supplement. I think that you can read it as it is, but with dockershim as the keyword, “Docker(dockershim) used as a runtime” and “Docker used in a workflow” are different things.
○ Kubernetes Docker Deprecated Wait, Docker is deprecated in Kubernetes now? What do I do?
- In response to this turmoil, Docker and Mirantis, which acquired Docker’s enterprise division, announced that they will maintain dockershim. The Mirantis Container Runtime (MCR), a runtime for Mirantis users, is CRI compliant.
- Other than Kubernetes, vendors are already moving to replace runtimes as well.
For example, ECS Fargate has improved the container runtime by switching from Docker to containerd with PV 1.4.0. There are quite a few AWS users and ECS Fargate users, but I haven’t observed any noticeable commotion or impact. I was also plainly verifying the difference. It was a release with major changes other than line time, such as EFS, jumbo framework support, and replacement of ECS agent with Fargate agent.
○ Containerd is replacing Docker as the container runtime
ICYMI: CNCF Webinars
You can view all CNCF recorded and upcoming webinars here.
Deepak Verma, Director of Product Strategy @Zerto
- It shares the key findings that shaped the cloud-native data protection architecture “data protection as code” and points to consider when designing.
Pranav Dharwadkar, VP of Products @ Volterra.io Jakub Pavlik, Director of Engineering @ Volterra.io
- It explains the real world security attack on the application/API and the four viewpoints in the title, and shares the following information.
○ Real-world examples of App/API security attacks that are not blocked by network-level or WAF security tools.
○ Four key tenets that users should look for in any App/API security solution
○ How users can utilize the four key tenets to solve their App/API security needs.
Edward Ionel, Developer Relations @Mirantis
- The following points explain tips/tricks/best practice when using Lens in a multi-cluster environment, focusing on demos. At the beginning, the slide does not move smoothly and it is struggling, so it seems better to skip it.
○ Navigating cluster-sprawl and switching between KUBECONFIGs and clusters
○ Using the “”smart console”” to seamlessly move from cluster to cluster — even where different client versions are required
○ Quickly searching or browsing specific Helm charts for kubernetes-deployable services, with one click install functionality that deploys the Helm chart directly into the cluster
Tutorials, tools, and more that take you on a deep dive into the code.
Google Open Source Blog
- It explains the issues to be solved by Topology Aware Routing of Services, how to use them, and future plans.
Raffaele Brusholi, Red Hat OpenShift
- Part 2 of the series article. It describes the deployment of CockroachDB on OpenShift across multiple regions.
- Load tested to validate the deployment and ensure it is suitable for enterprise workloads.
Saiyam Pathak, Civo
- It explains the concept of “Ketch” and deploys it on Civo’s managed k3s cluster without YAML using Ketch as the title suggests.
Nir Yehia, Red Hat OpenShift
- As everyone wants their applications to run in a high available manner with Kubernetes, “Poison Pill k8s Node Remediation” is introduced as a recovery measure for stateful workloads that will be affected if the underlying infrastructure fails.
Saiyam Pathak, Civo
- It was an article I had already seen about “k0s”, so I thought it was covered in this blog, but it seems that it wasn’t there yet. As of 11/16, it briefly explains the architecture, installation method, and comparison with k3s.
- Since it is covered in DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE # 518 above, I will skip this.
Arka Ganguli, Guido Iaquinti, Maggie Zhou, and Rafael Chacón, Slack
- It provides an overview of the design considerations and technical challenges associated with selecting and adopting Vitess, as well as current usage of Vitess.
Saiyam Pathak, Civo Darren Shepherd, SUSE
- For more than two hours, they have been talking with Darren from Rancher → SUSE (by M & A) as a guest.
- The YouTube video has a timestamp for each theme, so maybe you can watch only the theme you are interested in.
- Even a small excerpt of the content, such as kine/k3s debugging/k3c/k3v/ k0s.
- The content of the title is explained in the YouTube video.
Articles, announcements, and morethatgive you a high-level overview of challenges and features.
- It explains about the company which adopts GitOps as a small scrappy startup and talks about a company that grows into a regulated multinational company, and some of these challenges.
Emily Omier, The New Stack
- As the title suggests, it explains that the development period of multiplayer games was shortened with Kubernetes, there were some problems, and they were solved by using “ Agones “.
Matt Asay, TechRepublic
- Regarding Kubernetes, the following expressions were easy to understand, but I can’t imagine how simple it is. Will it be implemented with an educational UI that is quite abstract like an app and picks up the points, and will it be possible to display recommendation settings etc.?
○ “Kubernetes for the last few years has been a bit like buying a mobile phone in 1993 when it was too heavy to pick up”
○ “Pretty soon it will be like iPhones and wristwatches where everything is slick, easy, and simple because the industry is pushing it in that direction.”
- Finally, the author confirms his position and the content of the text is his own opinion as follows.
○ Disclosure: I work for AWS, but the views expressed herein are mine. I am not part of the AWS team responsible for Amazon EKS Distro.
Agustin Romano, Caylent
- It describes the “Kubernetes Operator” from the perspective of a tool designed to drive automation.
- Another article for “Kubernetes Operator”. The life cycle of the application is explained from the viewpoint of automation with the following points.
○ Why are Kubernetes Operators Important?
○ How Does a Kubernetes Operator Work?
○ Kubernetes Operator Example
○ Best Practices for Writing Kubernetes Operators
■ Use the Operator SDK
■ Keep Reconcile Functions Clean
■ Modify One Custom Resource at a Time
Liron Cohen, Riskified
- The title is supplemented with the following points and explained.
○ So how can you build a proper CI/CD process that focuses on developer independence?
○ How can you, as a DevOps Engineer, give the proper tools to the developers in your company, so they can build and operate their CI/CD processes on their own?
Upcoming CNCF webinars
You can check some Recorded Webinars and Upcoming Webinars here. The following are posted as Upcoming CNCF webinars at that moment.
Member Webinar: A look at how hackers exploit Prometheus, Grafana, Fluentd, Jaeger & more
Omer Levi Hevroni, Application Security Engineer @Synk
Dec 8, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
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Member Webinar: Preventing Kubernetes misconfiguration: Static analysis and beyond
Matt Johnson, Developer Advocate Lead @Bridgecrew
Jakub Pavlik, Director of Engineering @Volterra.io
Dec 9, 2020 7:00 AM Pacific Time
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Dan Feldman, Principal Software Engineer @Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Umair Khan, Product Marketing Lead @Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dec 9, 2020 1:00 PM Pacific Time
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Member Webinar: Metal³: Kubernetes-native bare metal host management
Maël Kimmerlin, Senior Software Engineer @Ericsson Software Technology
Dec 10, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
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Member Webinar: Power to the people — making root/Docker a reality inside a Gitpod Container
Christian Weichel, Chief Architect @Gitpod
Alban Crequy, Director of Kinvolk Labs @Kinvolk
Dec 11, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
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Member Webinar: Implementing automated managed k8s service
Mason Choi, Senior Engineer @Samsung SDS
Kangsub Song, Senior Engineer @Samsung SDS
Dec 15, 2020 10:00 AM Korea Time
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Member Webinar: Reducing your Kubernetes cloud spend
Webb Brown, CEO @Kubecost
Dec 15, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
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Member Webinar: Argo: Real Enterprise-scale with K8s
Al Kemner, Principal Software Engineer and Architect @New Relic
Daniel Jimbel, Staff Engineer @New Relic
Caleb Troughton, Product Manager, Telemetry Data Platform @NewRelic
Dec 16, 2020 7:00 AM Pacific Time
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How about those articles? Do you have any interest in any?
Actually, I have some contents which I can not digest at this stage, I’ll make use of this aide-memoire and links for catching-up for myself too.