DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #528 - 7th February 2021

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The usual mix of topics this week, but several posts on build systems; building container images, Cargo build tricks, the importance of securing software build pipelines and more.

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News

A detailed post on the Bottlerocket build system. You may not have quite as complex a project, but lots of interesting tricks in here for using Cargo for much more than just building Rust code.
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/opensource/how-the-bottlerocket-build-system-works/

A post on how to best defend your software build pipeline from targeted supply chain attacks.
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/defending-software-build-pipelines-from-malicious-attack

Architecture diagrams often feature lots of boxes and arrows, but how do you overlay more useful information without visual overload? This post provides a handy visual language.
https://blogs.mulesoft.com/api-integration/strategy/a-visual-language-for-digital-integration/

Dockerfiles are ubiquitous for building container images. But if you’re looking for something that provides a higher level interface and stronger opinions then buildpacks are worth a look. This post compares the two.
https://technology.doximity.com/articles/buildpacks-vs-dockerfiles

Threat modelling is a useful tool for getting people thinking about the security of their systems. It’s also a great way of encouraging collaboration between development and security teams. This new manifesto is a good starting point.
http://www.threatmodelingmanifesto.org

Ever wanted to understand how Kubernetes allocates IP addresses when you run a high-level command like kubectl expose? This post has you covered.
https://thebsdbox.co.uk/2021/01/01/Putting-a-VIP-in-your-Kubernetes-Clusters/

gRPC is optimised for fast, secure over-the-wire transfer. But that makes it harder to debug than something like JSON over HTTP. Here’s how to use Wireshark for analyzing gRPC messages.
https://grpc.io/blog/wireshark/

A case study for building a Kubernetes-powered CI/CD pipeline using GitLab and Helm.
https://nextlinklabs.com/insights/kubernetes-ci-cd-gitlab-with-helm

Events

WTF is SRE? Container Solutions presents a new WTFinar that tackles the beginning of understanding SRE. Join Nathen Harvey from Google to learn about service level indicators (SLIs) and service level objectives (SLOs) - components of error budgets. 9th February, 15:00 CET
https://bit.ly/3atRvHI

Tools

Vorteil provides a super interesting toolkit for building and running fast micro-VMs. You can even convert an OCI-compliant container image directly to a VM and run it using Vorteil.
https://github.com/vorteil/vorteil

Kubenav provides desktop, web and mobile apps for monitoring the status of a Kubernetes cluster.
https://github.com/kubenav/kubenav

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