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One of the key features of our container management platform, Pipeline, and our CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, PKE, is their ability to seamlessly form and run federated clusters across multi- and hybrid-cloud environments. While users of the Pipeline platform often have different requirements depending on whether they take a single or multi-cloud approach, they’re usually built around two key features: Multi-cloud application management Backyards, an Istio-based automated service mesh for multi- and hybrid-clouds Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve added support for Kubernetes federation v2, which is being made available as a beta feature in the Pipeline platform.

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At Banzai Cloud we blog mostly about our container management platform, Pipeline. We frequently gloss over the workhorse underneath Pipeline, our CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, PKE. That’s because our customers usually install and manage PKE with Pipeline, and thus benefit from all the enterprise-grade features we’ve already made available on that platform. However, PKE is also available on its own, and is one of the simplest ways to kickstart a Kubernetes cluster across multiple supported environments.

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Since releasing our open-source Istio operator, we’ve been doing our best to add support for the latest Istio versions as rapidly as possible. Today, we’re happy to announce that we have added Istio 1.2 support for the Banzai Cloud Istio operator. When we added Istio 1.1 support for the operator, we wrote a detailed blog post about how to employ a seamless Istio control plane upgrade in a single-mesh, single-cluster setup.

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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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A few weeks ago we announced Backyards, Banzai Cloud’s automated service mesh built on top of our Istio operator, which greatly simplifies the complex management of service meshes across multi and hybrid-cloud environments. Backyards is integrated into Banzai Cloud’s container management platform, Pipeline. However, it also works, and is available, as a standalone product. Naturally, using Backyards with Pipeline provides users with a variety of specific benefits (like managing applications in a multi-cloud world) but Backyards works on any Kubernetes installation.

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If you’re reading this post, you’re likely already familiar with our container management platform, Pipeline, and our CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, PKE: you probably already know how we make it possible to spin up clusters across five cloud providers and on-premise, in multi-cloud but also hybrid-cloud environments. But whether these are single or multi-cluster topologies, resilience is key. We at Banzai Cloud believe this is the case not just for infrastructural components but for entire managed application environments, like Apache Kafka.

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At Banzai Cloud we work on a multi- and hybrid-cloud container management platform, Pipeline. As a result, we’ve opensourced quite a few Kubernetes operators. While writing some of the more complex operators, such as those for Istio, Vault or Kafka, we were faced with lots of unnecessary Kubernetes object updates. These updates are a byproduct of the fact that operators are typically used to manage a large number of resources.

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A strong focus on security has always been a key part of the Banzai Cloud’s Pipeline platform. We incorporated security into our architecture early in the design process, and developed a number of supporting components to be used easily and natively on Kubernetes. From secrets, certificates generated and stored in Vault, secrets dynamically injected in pods, through provider agnostic authentication and authorization using Dex, to container vulnerability scans and lots more: the Pipeline platform handles all these as a default tier-zero feature.

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If you are a frequent reader of this blog or familiar with our products, you may already be aware that the control plane of our multi- and hybrid-cloud container management platform, Pipeline, is available not just as a free/developer service but can be run in any number of preferred envionments, whether cloud or on-prem. The control-plane’s only requirement is Kubernetes, its installation wholely automated by the banzai CLI tool alongside our own CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, PKE.

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In the last few months we wrote a lot of different blog posts about the Istio service mesh. We started with a simple Istio operator, then went on with different multi-cluster service mesh topologies, Istio CNI and a telemetry deep dive. The contents of the posts were built around our open source Istio operator that helps installing and managing an Istio service mesh in a single or multi and hybrid-cluster setup.

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