Summary:

Due to a great synergy between our products, I am happy to announce that Cloudflare and appfleet are joining forces!

The appfleet platform is shutting down, with all clusters going offline on October 31st 2021.

Long story:

When we started working on appfleet our goal was to build an infinitely scalable edge compute platform while still offering an affordable and simple to use service. We embarked on our journey completely bootstrapped, a team of three developers and a lot of freelancers.

A year later we released a production-ready edge compute system. I am very proud of the work we…


The Importance of Container Orchestration

Containers have revolutionized how we distribute applications by allowing replicated test environments, portability, resource efficiency, scalability and unmatched isolation capabilities. While containers help us package applications for easier deployment and updating, we need a set of specialized tools to manage them.

To help with this, orchestration tools provide the framework through which we automate containerized workloads. Such tools help DevOps teams to manage the lifecycle of containers, and therefore implement their networking, load balancing, provisioning, scaling and more. As a result, orchestration tools help teams unlock the full benefits of containerization by offering application resilience, improved security and simplified operations.


First of all what is appfleet? appfleet is an edge compute platform that allows people to deploy their web applications globally. Instead of running your code in a single centralized location you can now run it everywhere, at the same time.

In simpler terms appfleet is a next-gen CDN, instead of being limited to only serving static content closer to your users you can now do the same thing for your whole codebase. Run the whole thing where just your cache used to be.

Check out our video explainer too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n617ZF-oT4

This results in drastic performance improvement, lower latency, better…


Today, most organizations, large or small, are hosting their SaaS application on the cloud using multi-tenant architecture. There are multiple reasons for this, but the most simple and straightforward reasons are cost and scalability. In a multi-tenant architecture, one instance of a software application is shared by multiple tenants (clients). These tenants share various resources such as databases, web servers, computing resources, etc., that make multi-tenant architecture cost-efficient while keeping scalability in mind.

Amazon EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) is one of the most popular container orchestration platforms offered by AWS, which is popularly used host multi-tenant SaaS applications. …


In this guide, we will use Ansible as a Deployment tool in a Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment process using Jenkins Job.

In the world of CI/CD process, Jenkins is a popular tool for provisioning development/production environments as well as application deployment through pipeline flow. Still, sometimes, it gets overwhelming to maintain the application’s status, and script reusability becomes harder as the project grows.

To overcome this limitation, Ansible plays an integral part as a shell script executor, which enables Jenkins to execute the workflow of a process.

Let us begin the guide by installing Ansible on our Control node.

Install and Configure Ansible

Installing Ansible…


There is no doubt about the fact that Docker makes it very easy to deploy multiple applications on a single box. Be it different versions of the same tool, different applications with different version dependencies — Docker has you covered. But then nothing comes free. This flexibility comes with some problems — like high disk usage and large images. With Docker, you have to be careful about writing your Dockerfile efficiently in order to reduce the image size and also improve the build times.

Docker provides a set of standard practices to follow in order to keep your image size…


Abstract

As the cloud-native ecosystem continues to evolve, many alternative solutions are popping-up, that challenges the status quo of application deployment methodologies. One of these solutions that is quickly gaining traction is Unikernels, which are executable images that can run natively on a hypervisor without the need for a separate operating system.

For cloud-native platforms to integrate unikernels into their ecosystem, they are required to provide unikernels with the same services they provide for containers. In this post, we are going to introduce UniK, an open-source orchestration system for unikernels.

UniK (pronounced you-neek) is a tool for simplifying compilation and orchestration…


Intro

Having a proper backup recovery plan is vital to any organization’s IT operation. However, when you begin to distribute workloads across data centers and regions, that process begins to become more and more complex. Container orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes have begun to ease this burden and enabled the management of distributed workloads in areas that were previously very challenging.

In this post, we are going to introduce you to a Kubernetes-native tool for taking backups of your disks, helping with the crucial recovery plan. Stash is a Restic Operator that accelerates the task of backing up and recovering your…


Kubernetes is a powerful orchestration system, however, it can be really hard to configure its deployment process. Specific apps can help you manage multiple independent resources like pods, services, deployments, and replica sets. Yet, each must be described in the YAML manifest file.

It’s not a problem for a single trivial app, but during production, it’s best to simplify this process: search, use, and share already implemented configurations, deploy these configurations, create configuration templates, and deploy them without effort. In other words, we need an extended version of a package manager like APT for Ubuntu or PIP for Python to…


Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes or EKS provides a Managed Kubernetes Service. Amazon does the undifferentiated heavy lifting, such as provisioning the cluster, performing upgrades and patching. Although it is compatible with existing plugins and tooling, EKS is not a proprietary AWS fork of Kubernetes in any way. This means you can easily migrate any standard Kubernetes application to EKS without any changes to your code base. You’ll connect to your EKS cluster with kubectl in the same way you would have done in a self-hosted Kubernetes.

At this stage, EKS is very loosely integrated with other AWS services…

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appfleet is a cloud platform offering edge compute for containers and web applications.

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