Blog Updates

The Google GKE vs Microsoft AKS vs Amazon EKS blog managed to stay on the front page of Hacker News for over a day.

This is the second time I’ve made it to the front page. The first time was for a blog comparing Dalmatiner DB time series database to other options. Need to come up with something and try for a third time.

Since reaching the front page with kubedex.com I’ve been constantly updating the original blog with amendments and corrections and fending off annoying vendors who keep pushing for their platforms to be included.

IBM IKS was added which looks reasonable. Alibaba also reached out to me on LinkedIn and asked if I’d do a review. I signed up and hit a bug that prevented cluster creation so reviewed it as ‘terrible’. Oracle keep asking but I feel ethically obliged to ignore them.

On a totally different topic I wrote a blog about switching from permanent employment to contracting in London. I personally know quite a few companies desperate for Kubernetes consultants who are paying extremely good day rates for 6 month rolling contracts. I’m working out the details with a few of these so I can post them on my newly created and currently very empty job board.

Some of you may remember the series about container vulnerability scanning. The one where I said we wanted to move off of Alpine because security fixes are slow and the CVE database is extremely limited. Well, I finally got around to looking at some alternative Linux base images. It looks like we may be switching to the new Ubuntu minimal image at my work.

On the same topic Daniel, the CTO from Anchore sent me an email with more info about how their engine works. I’ve updated the Anchore section of the container scanning blog which some of you may find interesting.

Future Blogs

I’ve started to look at On-Prem Kubernetes distributions. Currently the plan is to try out OpenShift, Pivotal PKS and Google On-Prem. I’ll keep an eye out to see if any other options are popular. As usual the vendors have reached out and asked if I can trial their platform. The way this works is you should create a good product that spreads by word of mouth and eventually I see it and review it. Not the other way around. I’m not reviewing stuff nobody wants to use.

A couple of people have reached out to offer help to evaluate these that aren’t vendors. This is great and I’ll be in touch shortly.

Helm Chart Updates

Another 10 stable charts added since last time.

I’ve been running my reporter script every day and adding the new ones. I’ve also been working on adding more to the testing category and will soon be creating a Developer Experience category to look at tools that help ease the pain of developing locally against a remote Kubernetes cluster.

There are now 324 Kubernetes applications indexed on Kubedex.

Site Stats

Last week was a bit insane due to Hacker News.

WordPress with software caching worked admirably. I haven’t even setup Cloudflare yet and probably don’t need to. Although may do it one day as it probably would make page loads quicker.

As ever, if anyone has an interesting topic they would like me to look into please do get in touch.

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