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A few days ago we published a blog post about how to use Apache Kafka’s proprietary authentication and authorization (ACL) with Kubernetes Service Accounts via Supertubes. If you skimmed that post or have actually used it with Supertubes, you might think that this is (as Shakespeare put it) much ado about nothing, as things just work out-of-the-box. As the CTO of Banzai Cloud, and someone involved in the details of our product development, I can confirm that this has been our single biggest engineering push of 2020 so far (spoiler alert - that record won't last long: there are three or four parallel efforts already challenging it).
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It’s no news that for quite a while our Kafka on Kubernetes take, Supertubes has been happily running inside an Istio-based service mesh, in both single or multi-cluster setups across hybrid clouds. While we have touched on several aspects of the advantages Istio gave us, this post’s aim is to collect some of the issues, cornerstones and benefits. We see the service mesh as a key component of every modern Cloud Native stack.
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There has been a lot of talk about multi- and hybrid-clouds over the past years. Some cloud vendors see these trends as a threat, others look at them as an opportunity. We think that beneath the buzzwords lie some very important use-cases driven by the needs of enterprises and SaaS providers. However, delivering and operating multi- and hybrid-clouds has been too complex for most organizations so far. One major area of focus for Banzai Cloud has been hybrid clouds, to create and automate a seamless and consistent operational experience for a concept that has a lot of underlying complexities.
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Two weeks ago we announced, the tech preview for Banzai Cloud Pipeline 2.0, the hybrid any-cloud platform. That new platform allows customers to build hybrid Kubernetes clusters in four different ways, across 5 cloud providers and on-premise datacenters and introduces a new acronym: BYOK, Bring your own Kubernetes! Day 2 operations Kubernetes has changed how workloads are run by providing a convenient abstraction layer over infrastructure. While many of our customers use Pipeline to create all their clusters, and want to kickstart their Day 0 and Day 1 experiences, others want to reuse the clusters that they have already deployed.
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With KubeCon North America 2019 drawing near, we are excited to share the latest developments from Banzai Cloud. Stop by our booth SE74 to see what exciting new products Banzai Cloud brings into the fold. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with our team, register for 1:1 sessions, and experience the magic of Hungarian pálinka (it will be under the table, code word: pah-lyn-kah). Join us for a taste! BOOK A MEETING
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We are delighted to announce our tech preview of Banzai Cloud Pipeline 2.0, the hybrid any-cloud platform. A little under a year ago we released the first commercial version of Banzai Cloud Pipeline and made it available for development and PoCs by launching our Try Pipeline initiative. Banzai Cloud Pipeline 1.0 was the first incarnation of our vision for a productive and flexible multi-cloud container management platform (now supporting five public clouds and on-prem datacenters).
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Yes, we opensourced yet another Apache Kafka operator for Kubernetes. This might seem bizarre, considering the alternatives that are already available (they exist but there are not too many), so you may be wondering, ‘Why?’ Well, keep reading and we'll tell you: from design gaps and features we believe are necessary to operate Kafka on K8s, through my personal fix for Envoy, to some of our specific usage scenarios. tl;dr So to return to our initial question, ‘Why?
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There has been a lot of talk about multi- and hybrid-cloud deployments over the past years. Some cloud vendors see these trends as a threat, others look at them as an opportunity. We think that beneath the buzzwords lie some very important use-cases driven by the needs of enterprises and SaaS providers. However, delivering and operating multi- and hybrid-clouds had been too complex for most organizations so far. The use-cases that we’ve seen at customers broadly relate to three main areas: flexibility, cost optimization, and compliance.
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Banzai Cloud is proud to announce that our open source Pipeline Kubernetes Engine is now a CNCF Certified Kubernetes Distribution! PKE is an extremely simple Kubernetes installer and distribution, designed to work anywhere, and is the preferred run-time of Banzai Cloud's cloud native application and devops container management platform, Pipeline. Banzai Cloud Pipeline supercharges the development, deployment and scaling of container-based applications with native support for multi-, hybrid-, and edge-cloud environments.
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If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you may have already seen a “short” description of what our platform does. It usually goes something like this: Banzai Cloud Pipeline is a solution-oriented application platform which allows enterprises to develop, deploy and securely scale container-based applications in multi- and hybrid-cloud environments. We frequently elaborate on this by providing a list of key features: Banzai Cloud Pipeline leverages best-of-breed cloud components, such as Kubernetes and adds a unified system architecture that enables a highly productive, yet flexible environment for developers and operations teams alike.
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