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At Banzai Cloud we do a lot more than work on Pipeline, our container management platform, and PKE, our lightweight CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution. In fact, we’re currently developing a variety of services that run on Kubernetes. These range from operators (Istio, Vault, Kafka, Logging, HPA to name a few), webhooks, K8s and cloud controllers to more general applications that we develop and test each day. During the development phase for these projects, we usually need to experiment and rapidly iterate applications, but, when using Kubernetes, this isn’t as easy as running each application inside a container.

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With Pipeline, we strive to provide a unified authentication and authorization experience across our multi- and hybrid-cloud environments. To accomplish this, we rely on dex, an identity service that uses OpenID Connect to drive authentication for apps. Dex and OpenID Connect use ID Tokens that are an OAuth2 extension, but not all the applications we use supports OAuth2 flows. Because of this, we searched for an OAuth proxy solution that handles authentication and basic policies that control access to these applications and services.

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One of the Pipeline platform’s key open-source component is Bank-Vaults - the Vault swiss-army knife for Kubernetes. Feature requirements are a big part of the Pipeline platform, but a community has also built up around Bank-Vaults, and now it has its own use cases and requirements. We’ve received a lot of these external contributions and feature requests since our last blog update, which was about Bank-Vaults 0.4.7 in February. We’d like to walk you through some of these festures as 0.

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One of the key features of our container management platform, Pipeline, as well as our CNCF certified Kubernetes distribution, PKE, is their ability to form and run seamlessly across multi- and hybrid-cloud environments. While the needs of Pipeline users vary depending on whether they employ a single or multi-cloud approach, they usually build upon one or more of these key features: Multi-cloud application management An Istio based automated service mesh for multi and hybrid cloud deployments Federated resource and application deployments built on Kubernetes federation v2 As Istio operator-based multi-cluster and multi/hybrid-cloud adoption increased, so did the demand for the ability to run distributed or decentralized applications wired into a service mesh.

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Many organizations are embracing a more decentralized decision making process, allowing them to better build cloud native applications, and to deliver them more rapidly and safely. Often, different teams manage different microservices, with each team able to release their microservices independent of the others. Istio is exceedingly helpful for this, since it provides low level contructs able to enforce policies in the network and configure traffic control, observability, rate limiting, circuit breaking and programmable rollouts.

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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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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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