DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #498 - 12th July 2020

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A collection of networking posts this week, from load balancers to understanding Kubernetes networking to kernel networking. Plus posts on monitoring and continuous delivery.

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News

A good discussion of antipatterns when trying to implement continuous delivery practices, looking at under-investing in build automation.
https://skeltonthatcher.com/2016/11/14/dealing-continuous-delivery-anti-patterns/

A post on Porter, a load balancer for Kubernetes designed for bare metal environments. Good introduction to load balancing in Kubernetes and BGP.
https://itnext.io/porter-an-open-source-load-balancer-designed-for-bare-metal-kubernetes-clusters-870e1313b7f0

I mentioned Vector last week in the tools section. Anyone interested in a new monitoring tool should find this post interesting. Basic installation and usage instructions, and some observations about design choices.
https://www.kartar.net/2020/05/a-bit-of-a-vector/

A detailed walk through of the various options and moving parts related to networking in Kubernetes.
https://speakerdeck.com/thockin/kubernetes-and-networks-why-is-this-so-dang-hard

An argument for the importance of operators and sidecars in the distribution of software.
http://www.ofbizian.com/2020/07/operators-and-sidecars-are-new-model.html

A look at the btrfs file system, specifically at features, reliability and performance and a large scale case study.
https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/824855/30c689f442d0033c/

An interesting look at the low-level kernel details when it comes to accepting a TCP connection, exploring ways of scaling services before the connection is made.
https://theojulienne.io/2020/07/03/scaling-linux-services-before-accepting-connections.html

A new Choria subproject called Scout, focused on components for building system health monitoring systems.
https://choria.io/blog/post/2020/07/02/choria_scout/
https://choria.io/blog/post/2020/07/03/scout_components/

Tools

Dockle is a Docker image scanning tool that helps enforce best practices when building images.
https://github.com/goodwithtech/dockle

Krane is a simple Kubernetes RBAC static analysis tool. It identifies potential security risks in K8s RBAC design and makes suggestions on how to mitigate them.
https://github.com/appvia/krane

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