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At Banzai Cloud we support and manage hybrid Kubernetes clusters for our customers across five clouds and on-prem (bare metal, VMware). Therefore, the ability and fluency required to observe these clusters is an absolute must. Very frequently, the Pipeline control plane is tasked with managing multiple Kubernetes clusters, which it does through our own CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, PKE, or a cloud provider-managed distribution. When that happens, it's important that we federate metrics, collect them into a single place for querying, analysis and long term storage.
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Without a doubt Prometheus has become the de facto standard monitoring solution for Kubernetes, the same way it has become a core component of the Pipeline platform's monitoring service. However, Prometheus already has a well defined mission with a focus on alerts and the storage of recent metrics. Prometheus’ local storage is limited by single nodes in its scalability and durability. Instead of trying to solve clustered storage in Prometheus itself, Prometheus has a set of interfaces that allow integration through remote storage systems.
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Frequent readers of our blog and users of our hybrid cloud container management platform, Pipeline, will be familiar with the integrated cluster services that come with it. These services are automated end-to-end solutions for centralized logging, federated monitoring, security scans, advanced credential management, autoscaling, registries and lots more (see, for example, automated DNS management for Kubernetes). Providing an automated logging solution, and making sure it works seamlessly across multiple clusters, has always been part of Pipeline.
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On this blog we've already discussed our totally redesigned logging operator, which automates logging pipelines on Kubernetes. Thanks to the tremendous amount of feedback and the numerous contributions we received from our community, we've been able to rethink and redesign that operator from scratch, but the improvements aren't going to stop coming any time soon. Our goal is to continue removing the burden from human operators, and to help them manage the complex architectures of Kubernetes.
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About a year ago we published the first release of our popular logging-operator. The initial version of that operator was designed to fit Pipeline, the Banzai Cloud hybrid cloud container management platform. However, since then, all kinds of people have found it to be an extremely useful tool that helps them manage their logs on Kubernetes. Initially, Fluent ecosystem automation was enough to support the disparate needs of our userbase, but, as the popularity of the logging-operator grew, different setups were put in place by our community that revealed some of its limitations.
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At Banzai Cloud we are passionate about observability, and we expend a great amount of effort to make sure we always know what's happening inside our Kubernetes clusters. All clusters provisioned with Pipeline - our multi- and hybrid-cloud container management platform - are provided with, and rely upon, each of the three pillars of observability: federated monitoring, centralized log collection and traces. In order to automate log collection on Kubernetes, we opensourced a logging-operator built on the Fluent ecosystem.
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This is the second part of a very popular post, Helm from basics to advanced. In the previous post (we highly suggest you read it, if you haven't done so already) we covered Helm's basics, and finished with an examination of design principles. In this post, we'd like to continue our discussion of Helm by exploring best practices and taking a look at some common mistakes. If you are looking for a place to securely store your Helm charts, remember that Banzai Cloud runs a free Helm Chart repository service.
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Update: Logging operator v2 Development doesn't stop here; we're constantly improving the logging-operator based on feature requests of our ops team and our customers. Here are some of those features: No limitations on label selectors Namespaced and Global resource scopes Visualised logging flows Secure output credential management Support multiple output in a single log flow Check The Kubernetes logging operator reloaded for details. Logs (one of the three pillars of observability besides metrics and traces) are an indispensable part of any distributed application.
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Banzai Cloud is on a mission to simplify the development, deployment, and scaling of complex applications and to bring the full power of Kubernetes to all developers and enterprises. Banzai Cloud’s Pipeline provides a platform which allows enterprises to develop, deploy and scale container-based applications. It leverages best-of-breed technology from the Cloud Native Foundation ecosystem to create a highly productive, yet flexible environment for developers and operation teams alike. One of the key tools we use from the Kubernetes ecosystem is Helm.
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Jun 25 2018

Hands on Thanos

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Here at Banzai Cloud we blog a lot about Prometheus and how to use it. One of the problems we have so far neglected to discuss is the inadequate long term storage capability of Prometheus. Luckily a new project called Thanos seeks to address this. If you are not familiar with Prometheus, or are interested in other monitoring related articles, check out our monitoring series, here: Monitoring series: Monitoring Apache Spark with Prometheus Monitoring multiple federated clusters with Prometheus - the secure way Application monitoring with Prometheus and Pipeline Building a cloud cost management system on top of Prometheus Monitoring Spark with Prometheus, reloaded
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