What’s the point: Puppet wash, HPE Container Platform, JenkinsX, K3s, and Gremlins in the cloud

What's the point

Can’t tell your ps –all from your instances list? Puppet offers wash for help

Automation tool vendor puppet introduced its users to new open source project wash. The Wide Area SHell is supposed to offer a unified way to execute tasks and filter information on cloud-native and remote infrastructure, allowing DevOps folks to work with familiar commands instead of having to learn new ones for every tool they use.

wash is built in a modular way and includes plugins to work on Docker, AWS, Kubernetes, and GCP for now. There are more in the works, and a roadmap can be accessed via the project’s repository.

Not another container platform: HPE starts “thinking container first”

HPE introduced the HPE Container Platform to its customers, joining the ranks of companies trying to make containers legacy-ready, and putting acquisitions BlueData and MapR to good use. According to the official announcement, the product is meant to help those enterprises whose core applications aren’t cloud-native but who are looking into ways of modernising them without changing their architecture. It is also aims at helping to bring old and new together, by offering relief when it comes to common pain points such as multi-cluster management, and security.

HPE Container Platform is supposedly “optimised for bare-metal and extensible to any infrastructure from edge to cloud” and follows a “container first” approach, which might remind some of Red Hat’s OpenShift. It uses “BlueData software as the control plane for container management”, MapR’s “distributed file system for persistent data with containers”, as well as Kubernetes for, you guessed it, container orchestration.

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The platform is planned to hit the market in early 2020 “along with world-class advisory, consulting, deployment, and support services”.

Graphical interface lovers rejoice – JenkinsX gets GUI

CloudBees used KubeCon to announce the fitting of its CI/CD for Kubernetes project Jenkins X with a graphical user interface. While some might have been perfectly satisfied with the command line interface that was available before, the new interface is supposed to reduce friction and offer more intuitive workflows.

Rancher gets k3s ready for production

Only nine months after its official introduction, Rancher has gotten its lightweight Kubernetes distro K3s ready for its first major release and therefore production. While the focus has been on getting the project stable in recent months, Rancher CMO Peter Smails sees support for high availability configurations as the crowning feature of the 1.0 release.

To keep things exciting, Rancher also pushed CI/CD project Rio into beta. The open source project targets the wider DevOps on Kubernetes crowd as opposed to the usual Rancher customers. Amongst other things, the new Rio version comes with a dashboard to complement the command-line offering.

Chaos spreads to cloud-native, as Gremlin introduces Kubernetes support

Chaos engineering platform Gremlin now offers users an easier way to discover, visualise, and target Kubernetes objects via its web interface or API. The additional support is meant to let customers target containers underlying specific services, which was tricky to do before.

To see what would happen if a specific object was attacked, they can now select Kubernetes as a target and choose from a set of objects such as Deployment, Pod, or ReplicaSet to get visualisation of what will be impacted. Once an attack has been run, container details and logs are available for review as usual.

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