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ISSUE 202: Microservice Networking within the Enterprise

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Using Kubernetes should be more like driving a car than building a car.”

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Atlassian’s core product suite of Jira, Confluence and Bitbucket and other components for software development is the fifth most installed type of application among many Okta customers according to its “2020 Businesses @ Work” report. Not too shabby considering that the leaders are Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, AWS and G Suite.

Based only on the identity management vendor’s 7,400 customers that use one of its over 6,5000 integrations, the report provides clues about the adoption of Atlassian and many other enterprise applications.

Atlassian’s core product suite is integrated into twice as many Okta customers environments as compared to the next closest developer tool according to the “2020 Businesses @ Work” report. Okta’s definition of what counts as a dev tool is pretty broad and actually includes alerting and monitoring software. Note, although Atlassian purchased Statuspage in 2016, it is included separately in the report.

Atlassian is well-positioned with other tools too. Acquired in 2018 by Atlassian, Opsgenie gives Atlassian a strong presence among other IT service and incident management tools. In addition, among human resources software tools, BambooHR rose ahead of UltiPro and is now second to industry leader Workday.

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In this latest The New Stack Makers podcast, Guillermo Rauch, founder of hosting service Zeit, and co-creator of the React framework Next.js, said much of his work today involves network synchronization. More specifically, he described his work with state and how it’s synchronized over networks and how that has affected his creation of policy structures for applications. He also described his ambitions to help improve the groundwork for coherent and consistent systems for data consistency models.

Guillermo Rauch - How Killing a Butterfly Can Bring Down a Network

Microservice Networking within the Enterprise

Those who want more insight into how internal corporate networks should support microservices could do worse than read a new Citrix-sponsored series on The New Stack, penned by Pankaj Gupta, senior director of cloud native application delivery solutions at Citrix. 

“The choice of proxy architecture and application delivery controllers (ADCs) truly matter,” Gupta writes. “It must provide the right level of security, observability, advanced traffic management and troubleshooting capabilities and complement your open source tools strategy. Additionally, the proxy architecture must accommodate both north-south (N-S) traffic and inter-microservices east-west (E-W) traffic needs.”

In part one of the series, Gupta lays out the basic architectural options — two-tier ingress, unified ingress, service mesh and service mesh lite — and offers tips about the right approach for your enterprise. Part two takes a deep dive into the two-tier ingress proxy architecture, the quickest and simplest architecture for deploying applications in production for both cloud native novices and experts alike. And part three tackles an approach of using the service mesh, which, as TNS readers know, is a popular approach of late for handling internal, or “east-west,” traffic.

We look forward to the next, and final installment of this series where Gupta explores the “service mesh lite” approach, which promises the benefits of the service mesh, but is easier to implement and manage. Stay tuned, only on The New Stack.

SaltStack POP: Code More and Forget About Those Pesky YAML Files

SaltStack’s open source Plugin Oriented Programming (POP), introduced at SaltConf2019 in November, promises to be a potential pain reliever for DevOps headaches. POP allows developers to work on code in decoupled codebases or repositories. The standardized plugin configuration is applicable to all of the environments, thus eliminating much of the separate operations work in ensuring the new code works across the entire application ecosystem on which the application is deployed. “The advantage POP offers is it can make more small codebases that can be maintained more efficiently by small teams. Small engineering teams that can focus on small codebases and therefore accelerate development,” said Thomas Hatch of SaltStack.

TriggerMesh: Anywhere Serverless Integration

Cary, North Carolina-based startup TriggerMesh is focused on providing an integration layer for serverless functions and cloud native infrastructure that would enable organizations to build enterprise-grade applications that span multiple cloud and data center environments. GitLab was the company’s first customer, for whom TriggerMesh built its custom serverless publishing platform, GitLab Serverless.

IBM Opts for Humio’s Scalable Logging to Boost Struggling ELK Cloud Deployments

Humio offers index-free logging that the company says allows it to “log everything, miss nothing,” and we recently caught up with the company at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in San Diego to talk about its recent partnership with IBM. Mike Mallo, offering manager with IBM, says that IBM turned to Humio because customers were simply running into scale issues with the company’s Elasticsearch Logstash Kibana (ELK) stack.

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