A while ago, we signed on a new sponsor, observability company Thundra. We have been mighty impressed with the company’s contributed posts to the site. View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 236: The Serverless Thunder of Thundra

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Chaos engineering “scares the pants off of some old school folks that aren’t comfortable with that kind of chaos in their environments. And so most people think chaos engineering is randomly breaking things and seeing what happens,” said Andrus. “I think that chaos engineering is thoughtful, planned experiments that teach us about our system.”

Kolton Andrus, CEO and co-founder, Gremlin
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Frequent Contributers Get High ROI

Open source foundation members are well-served. Almost three-quarters (72%) of organizations that frequently contribute to upstream projects get above-average value from their membership in open source foundations, according to our recent “Open Source in the Enterprise” survey. Yes, this conclusion serves the interests of The Linux Foundation, which co-sponsored the survey, but the fact remains that those investing in open source foundations are generally happy.

Foundations are created to formally govern open source projects and ensure that no one vendor has too much control. There are over 100 open source foundations based on academic research that serve different purposes and offer different levels of services. Twenty-nine percent of respondents’ organizations are members or sponsors of an open source foundation such as The Apache Software Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, OpenJS Foundation, and The Linux Foundation. Beyond these examples, the survey did not offer a definition of open source foundations based on their governance models or the services they provide.

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Chaos engineering certainly evokes a lot of interest these days, especially as organizations increasingly rely on widely distributed data infrastructures that can extend across multicloud and on-premises environments — where the risk of failure grows exponentially. But while many agree that chaos engineering involves planning in some way, a widely accepted definition still remains elusive.

For Kolton Andrus, CEO and co-founder of Gremlin, chaos engineering is “one of my favorite topics for debate,” and “is what makes chaos engineering sound fun and exciting.”

In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Andrus defines chaos engineering and describes how organizations can make it work for them. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.

Kolton Andrus, CEO and co-founder, Gremlin on Chaos Engineering

The Serverless Thunder of Thundra

A few months back, we signed on a new sponsor, observability company Thundra. We hadn’t heard much about the company until the deal, but we have been mighty impressed with the company’s contributed posts to the site. One of the benefits of a TNS sponsorship is the ability to run an unlimited number of posts on We invite all companies to submit posts, though we limit non-sponsors to submitting a post no more than every 90 days. Posts are a great way to explain a company’s technology — in a non-market-y way — to our readers. It can help them get their news, or word about their events, out. More importantly, it can showcase the thoughts, ideas, and techniques of the company’s developers and engineers. In turn, our readers get new insights into cloud native technologies. Win-win.

Like we said, sponsors can submit as many posts as they like – as long as they are up to acceptable editorial standards. But no company has really pushed the envelope on this benefit as much as Thundra. These posts are providing a veritable treasure trove of insights into serverless computing. To kick off the series, Thundra co-founder and CTO Serkan Özal offered a tutorial on how to build a serverless API with Amazon API Gateway and the Lambda serverless platform. Thundra’s Vice President of Product Emrah Samdan offered the “ultimate” guide to instrumenting serverless workloads for monitoring and observability. Samdan then followed up with what can only be described as a highly-difficult, but immensely valuable, task: comparing the serverless offerings of the three major cloud providers. We were also lucky enough to receive from the company a primer on why you’d want to use AWS AppSync for GraphQL-based development. And the last post, as of this writing at any rate, is an in-depth discussion on how serverless can do an end-run around monolithic architecture to provide more scalable services.

Thundra itself provides observability and security for serverless applications built on Lambda. Thundra also conducts end-to-end tracing across containers, virtual machines, and anything else that the application touches. With a talent bench this deep, you may want to check them out for your own monitoring needs. And to the rest of our sponsors, the gauntlet has been thrown: Let’s see what your own experts could offer for our readers! 

Kubernetes: When to Use, and When to Avoid, the Operator Pattern

In the world of Kubernetes, operators have quickly become a popular pattern far beyond their initial use for encoding deep operational knowledge about running stateful applications and services like Prometheus. But the complexities of CRD life cycle management they bring with them means that writing an operator will not always be the best solution for your own applications, because you’re creating more code to maintain. In this post we look at alternatives, including Helm, GitOps and KUDO, a declarative alternative for automating the deployment, installation and life cycle of complex applications on Kubernetes.

CloudBees Offers SalesForce-Like Features for Software Delivery Management

CloudBees’ DevOps World 2020 kicked off this week, and so the company has launched the first in a series of software delivery management modules for its software delivery management platform. The idea is to further support DevOps efficiency — a key theme of this year’s show — by offering more visibility about the status and details about production pipelines and projects that an organization may have in progress — for all stakeholders, including business team members. An engineer manager, for example, could use CloudBees’ software delivery management modules to gain a holistic view of production pipelines — instead of manually parsing through information gleaned from dozens of different monitoring tools and alerts to properly monitor and intervene when needed for specific projects. A business leader might also require more transparency about the status of different projects by accessing the info directly (as opposed to the days of just walking down the hall).

Ignite: Opsbrew Sets Sight on Multicloud Log Management

Microsoft had recently conducted the Azure Sentinel Hackathon, inviting users to build solutions for its Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform. Opsbrew won this hackathon for their log pipeline management tool that gathers log data from disparate sources and routes them to SIEM solutions like Azure Sentinel. Opsbrew is a “sophisticated solution for enterprises and service providers,” John Lambert, Microsoft distinguished engineer and general manager, for the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, had said. Read about it here.

Party On

Tracy Miranda, executive director of Continuous Delivery Foundation, was a moderator during the DevOps World 2020 media event.

Mitchell Ashley, CEO and managing analyst at Accelerated Strategies Group, was a panelist during the DevOps World 2020 media event.

Amit Bhandarkar, director of engineering, American Express Global Business Travel, was a panelist during the DevOps World 2020 media event.

Sacha Labourey, CloudBees CEO and co-founder, described “that lovely chaos” during a live panel press and analyst briefing at DevOps World 2020.

Solo.Io founder Idit Levine stops by the TNS Context podcast to explain the benefits of WebAssembly for Envoy.

CloudBees’ Buffi Gresh, vice president, product business teams, said during her DevOps World 2020 keynote: DevOps tools are "like wine, you get what you pay for."

A slide from the fireside chat of Cloudbees' Corryn Hutchinson interviewing Stemettes' creator Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon. 

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