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Q&A: Building on 40 Years of Experience with Distributed Systems at Nokia

On the cloud native journey, there are both general lessons and best practices that apply to nearly all companies as well as industry-specific challenges. Cloud native journeys aren’t one-size-fits-all; the best way to handle storage, networking, security and even back-ups depends on the specifics of both the industry and the individual company.  We spoke with Nokia, about the specific challenges faced by telecom companies as they adopt containers and Kubernetes and how the industry is addressing them. Here’s what he had to say about best practices both for other telecoms as well as everyone making the move to cloud native.  Can you give an overview of Nokia’s cloud native journey? When did it start, how far are you in maturity? What have been major turning points/landmarks on the journey?  Nokia, as with many other telecom infrastructure vendors, has a long history in implementing and utilizing massively distributed systems. We started to build our own cluster management system back in the 1970s, which was based on proprietary hardware and software. As network function virtualization (NFV) technology gained momentum in 2016, we began offering infrastructure solutions and virtual network functions (VNFs) for the ETSI NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) standard, leveraging OpenStack. Today, Nokia’s CloudBand MANO solution is Continue reading

Simplicity and Security: What Commercial Providers Offer for the Service Mesh

“Open source is free like a puppy,” said Aspen Mesh, provider of an enterprise version of the open source Linkerd, that is the only reason to turn to William Morgan, CEO of Buoyant. “This is more of a philosophical stance. However, if you want to have a commercial relationship with us, we will make sure the service mesh works for you, with services and integration and all that stuff.”  Taming Complexity Service meshes are designed for very complex architectures. They only make sense for companies Continue reading

Q&A with Devo: COVID-19 Is Changing the Cloud Conversation

How do companies manage the security implications of working from home, in a country where remote work has generally been frowned on? Devo, a data analytics and security platform with headquarters in Madrid, helps companies get visibility into their networks — something that has become even more critical as more companies rely on virtual private network (VPNs) to security connect team members working from home.  We spoke with Devo, and carloyuen from 

Service Mesh Adds Security, Observability and Traffic Control to Kubernetes

This week and next, The News Stack will be running a series of posts on the value that a service mesh brings to Kubernetes deployments. Here is the first installment. Check back often for more updates. As we explore all the tools and additional infrastructure layers that complement Kubernetes, it’s important to remember: None of this is to imply that Kubernetes is lacking. Kubernetes is a powerful tool to dramatically simplify running containerized applications, but there are many things that it was simply never intended to do. Service meshes are an example of a complementary piece of the infrastructure, handling things that Kubernetes can not and was never intended to do.  “The Kubernetes team at Google and the Istio team at Google were neighbors and were discussing these things,” explained Tetrate and one of the original creators of the William Morgan, CEO of Linkerd. “It’s because Kubernetes is really good but it has a well-defined scope.” A service mesh is Continue reading

Can Kubernetes Orchestrate the Infrastructure?

Portworx sponsored this post. Is it possible that managing stateful applications on Kubernetes will become easier than handling the stateless apps containers were originally designed for? Portworx, said that’s what customers are telling him. When it comes to encouraging the adoption of Kubernetes in production in an enterprise setting, that is good news, but not something everyone would agree with. In a recent poll by The New Stack, 10% of respondents thought that improving Kubernetes’ integration with storage was the top challenge for the community — after concerns about user experience and support for multitenancy. But Thirumale isn’t the only one who thinks the Kubernetes ecosystem is ready for stateful workloads. “People are starting to do serious stateful workloads in the cloud and in Kubernetes, in particular,” SoundCloud | Pocket Casts | Apple Podcasts | Spotify |