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NOTE: This is an updated version of a blog post we wrote nearly a year ago. It’s been extremely popular, however, due to the improvements and new features we’ve added to Bank-Vaults, it’s become outdated and in needs of a fresh coat of paint. A key part of the Banzai Cloud Pipeline platform, has always been our strong focus on security. We incorporated Vault into our architecture early on in the design process, and we have developed a number of support components to be easily used with Kubernetes.
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One of the main features of the Banzai Cloud Pipeline platform is that it allows enterprises to run cost effective workloads by mixing spot and preemptible instances with regular ones, and without sacrificing overall reliability. First, let’s dig into some of the components that make spot instances so reliable, then we’ll provide an example of a Pipeline control plane installation, submit some workloads and simulate a spot instance termination.
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The following is a guest blog post from Jürgen Weber, Bank-Vaults user and contributor extraordinaire. Here at hipages, we have a legacy approach to how we keep and maintain our ‘secrets’. The login details for some of our primary application resources are easy to obtain and with this carries great risk.. So to solve this we decided to embark on a ‘secrets’ project and implement Hashicorps Vault. As a part of this project, we looked at a variety of solutions.
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Update: This article has been published a long time ago; since then we have added lots of new features, made changes and fixed many bugs in the vault-secrets-webhook. There is a newer, and remastered version of the article available: Inject secrets directly into Pods from Vault revisited. A strong focus on security has always been a key part of the Banzai Cloud Pipeline platform. We incorporated Vault into our architecture early in the design process, and developed a number of supporting components so it be used easily on Kubernetes.
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Admission webhook series: In-depth introduction to Kubernetes admission webhooks Detecting and blocking vulnerable containers in Kubernetes (deployments) Controlling the scheduling of pods on spot instance clusters Banzai Cloud’s Pipeline platform uses a number of Kubernetes webhooks to provide several advanced features, such as spot instance scheduling, vulnerability scans and some advanced security features (to bypass K8s secrets - more to come next week). The Pipeline webhooks are all open source and available on our GitHub:
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The Banzai Cloud Pipeline platform allows enterprises to develop, deploy and scale container-based applications. It leverages best-of-breed cloud components, such as Kubernetes, to create a highly productive, yet flexible environment for developers and operation teams alike. One of the main features of the Pipeline platform is that it allows enterprises to run workloads cost effectively by mixing spot instances with regular ones, without sacrificing overall reliability. This requires quite a lot of behind the scenes magic to be built on top of core Kubernetes building blocks.
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Banzai Cloud’s Pipeline platform is an operating system which allows enterprises to develop, deploy and scale container-based applications. It leverages best-of-breed cloud components, such as Kubernetes, to create a highly productive, yet flexible environment for developers and operations teams alike. Strong security - multiple authentication backends, fine grained authorization, dynamic secret management, automated secure communications between components using TLS, vulnerability scans, static code analysis, etc. - is a tier zero feature of the Pipeline platform, which we strive to automate and enable to all enterprises.
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Banzai Cloud’s Pipeline platform is an operating system which allows enterprises to develop, deploy and scale container-based applications. It leverages best-of-breed cloud components, such as Kubernetes, to create a highly productive, yet flexible environment for developers and operation teams alike. One of the main features of the Pipeline platform is that it allows enterprises to run workloads cost effectively by mixing spot instances with regular ones, without sacrificing overall reliability.
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