9 Jun 2016 in Workflow, Release, Announcement

Deis Workflow, Now Stable!

I am proud to announce the first stable release of Deis Workflow. This means the Deis community now considers Workflow suitable for production deployments. Deis Workflow is the first PaaS built on Kubernetes to reach this milestone.

Deis Workflow is the new name for our open source PaaS, and is the second major version of what we are now calling Deis v1.

According to Docker Hub, Deis v1 has been downloaded over 6.5 million times.

Deis v1 is trusted in production by hundreds of companies, including Mozilla, The RealReal, Hearst Corporation, and dozens of others.

What did we change in version two?

Well, the most significant thing we did was re-platform from CoreOS Fleet to Kubernetes. The switch to Kubernetes gives us a stable cluster manager, a better scheduler, a smaller overall footprint, and a great Kubernetes community to work with.

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8 Jun 2016 in Kubernetes

Finding The Right Local Kubernetes Development Environment

In the Kubernetes world, there's no single source of truth and rarely can you find a single recommended best-practice. This is nice (diversity!) but can also get quite confusing if you're just getting started.

There are many local development environments out there, so in this post, I'll take a look at a few of them and give you a bit of help choosing one that works for you.

Disclaimer: This is in no way a complete guide. I have limited it to just three common cases. If you think I've overlooked an important option, just shoot me a message and I might add it to the list.

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6 Jun 2016 in Deis Workflow, Annoucement

Deis Workflow Release Candidate (Hooray)

The Deis Workflow team is as happy as a baby goat jumping off stuff during spring time. We just cut Release Candidate 2 of Deis Workflow!

While we are busy leaping off things in fits of glee, give Deis Workflow RC2 a shot.

We've been generally cleaning house and closing bugs. There are a few changes that we want to highlight for this release candidate.

Private Image Support

We shipped private image support in Workflow Beta 3. For RC2, instead of always pulling the remote images to the managed on-cluster registry, we now use ImagePullSecrets baked into Kubernetes. This means your private images will be pulled directly to the nodes. Usually good advice to go direct to the source concerning private matters, no?

New name for Release ENV vars

If your application is utilizing the DEIS_RELEASE environment variable you will need to update your application. In a bout of house cleaning, we've switched that over to WORKFLOW_RELEASE, it is Deis Workflow afterall. We've updated all our example apps as well, because bug free demos are always nice to see.

Ubuntu Slim, so thin!

Through the beta phase we repeatedly observed a number of DNS failures both on our end-to-end testing infrastructure and our development installs. Through a long and twisty maze of bugs, this boiled down to a bug in ulibc's DNS resolver.

As the "age old" adage goes, "it is always DNS".

For DNS stability, image security visability and other ilities, we've switched our base distribution to Ubuntu Slim. If Macho Man Randy Savage were still around, I'm sure he'd be glad for the change.

Upgrading to GA Release

The release of Helm Classic and RC2 have put in place the necessary functionality to provide an in-place upgrade story. The TL;DR version is that you will need Helm Classic 0.8.0 or later, a running Workflow RC2 cluster, a copy of your templated parameters and some cluster secrets. A quick un-install and re-install will bring your Workflow cluster up to stable when we ship our GA Release.

For the intrepid, you should be able to upgrade from beta4 to RC2 by manually applying a few Kubernetes annotations. Give it a shot! Your experience here is very welcome.

The updated documenatation is available here.

Upgrading from RC1 to RC2 should work as-documented.

Platform SSL Secret Changes

To mirror the secret format used by Ingress controllers in Kubernetes, we've changed the keys used for the platform SSL certificate. Before upgrading, update the secret via kubectl --namespace=deis edit secret deis-router-platform-cert:

  • Copy the existing cert key to tls.crt
  • copy the existing key key (ahem) to tls.key

Once you have completed the upgrade to RC2 you may delete the cert and key keys (ahem).

That's not all!

Many bug fixes, small updates, little tweaks and tuning, our ride has been pimped and is ready for prime time.

Click through for the complete release notes for RC1 and RC2.

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6 Jun 2016 in Community Meeting, Deis Workflow, Deis LTS

June 2016 Community Meeting

A rolling stone gathers no moss! Another month, another community meeting!

This month we were joined by Josh Mize from Mozilla who gave us a wonderful update on how Mozilla is using Deis v1 in production.

Additionally, Michelle Noorali from the Helm team gave a wonderful demo of the Helm Alpha 1 release. Unfortunately due to computers, that portion of the meeting was lost to "video rendering error 10008." Not all is lost however; we made the necessary sacrifices to the lords of computation and re-recorded the demo!

Matt Boersma gave a maintenance update for Deis v1 PaaS and I gave a quick update about Deis Workflow release status. Spoiler alert, we're really close (super close).

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Until Next Time

Our next community meeting will be July 7th, 2016. If you like calendar reminders, this would be your jam.

See everyone next month!

3 Jun 2016 in Deis Workflow, Series: Deis Workflow Basics

Deis Workflow Basics, Part Two

This is the second post in a series on Deis Workflow, the second major release of the Deis PaaS. Workflow builds on Kubernetes and Docker to provide a lightweight PaaS with a Heroku-inspired workflow.

In part one, we gave a brief conceptual overview, including Twelve-Factor apps, Docker, Kubernetes, Workflow applications, the "build, release, run" cycle, and backing services. We also explained the benefits of Workflow. In summary:

Workflow is fast and easy to use. You can deploy anything you like. Release are versioned and rollbacks are simple. You can scale up and down effortlessly. And it is 100% open source, using the latest distributed systems technology.

In this post, we'll take a look at the architecture of Workflow and how Workflow is composed from multiple, independent components.

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