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  • Writer's pictureSteve Libbey

By Steve Libbey

For the last 15+ months I’ve had 30 or more conversations with senior executives in the enterprise IT space. These enterprises include smaller and mid-size companies up to household name Fortune 500 corporations. Our conversations were about cloud technology and economics. Surprisingly enterprises of all sizes had shared interests and concerns.

Here are the lessons learned on cloud tech/costs:

  • Cloud native interest coupled with fear. Literally everyone is talking about the cloud and either how to get there or how to stay there more efficiently and cost effectively. Enterprise IT organizations of all sizes are interested, fascinated even, by cloud native plans, processes, technologies, and platforms. But they are equally terrified to start a cloud native journey. Most organizations (70%) have not yet started the cloud native journey but of those that did the overwhelming majority (79%) failed. There have been quiet conversations about now ex-employees who tried and failed to go from monolithic to microservice applications and go cloud native. How to mitigate the operational, financial, and technical risk of a cloud initiative is the overriding concern by enterprise IT executives. They want help getting to the cloud safely, securely, and economically but with flexibility.

  • Vendor lock in. Horror stories abound about binding cloud financial contractual commitments or inflexible cloud tools that only work in one environment or vendor. Names withheld to protect the guilty. I’ve heard repeatedly from enterprise IT execs that just training teams on new tools and platforms is too time consuming and financially onerous. The execs that I’ve spoken to sometimes refer to the cloud providers as being like the Hotel California, where you can check in but you can never leave. Many of the tools and technologies around the cloud are focused only on one specific cloud provider. Enterprises all said that they want commonality across tools and processes and more standardization of solutions and portability between cloud providers.

  • Predictable costs. If there is one hot topic to avoid (that isn’t politics) its cloud spend. If you’re mean spirited and want to see an IT exec foam at the mouth just ask questions about cloud spend trends. The cloud toll is costing CIO’s their jobs and getting the CFO’s out of their offices and into the CIO office for painful and pointed questions. There needs to be a better way to more accurately gauge, predict, and leverage cloud costs for the overall betterment of the organization. The alternative is increasingly bitter recriminations between enterprises and vendors and efforts to repatriate. I know of two companies just this week that are leaving the cloud. Completely. Out of frustration with a 7-figure annual cloud bill. There needs to be a smarter way to use the cloud more cost effectively. Cloud competition would be a great place to start and an overall rationalization of cloud tools and platforms.

Conclusions/recommendations based on my conversations:

  • Use a DevOps platform that is cloud and Kubernetes neutral. There are platform solutions out there that can be effectively used with any cloud provider or flavor of Kubernetes. A DevOps platform is a time and cost saving way to quickly start a cloud native project or program. Why do it all in-house? I know of a Fortune 200 senior IT executive who started his own custom Kubernetes project. He had to hire 10 kubernetes certified technologists who were very difficult to find and cost him a lot (~7M over 3 years). The project still isn’t complete. Leverage an existing platform to mitigate time and financial risk. Decades ago most companies out sourced the payroll department to ADP. Then travel went to Concur, HR went to Workday, and CRM went to SalesForce. Does it really make sense to build your own customized Kubernetes engine when there’s alternatives out there? Make sure that your platform is cloud and K8s agnostic.

  • Leverage open source. There are over 300 CNCF recognized open-source projects out there with Kubernetes being the first, biggest, and most well-known. These open-source projects have varying levels of maturity and market acceptance. Use the most common and most useful open-source Kubernetes applications for your cloud native project(s). There are three reasons for this; 1) You can benefit from thousands of engineer hours of development time. 2) The bigger open-source applications have more attention, usage, and adherents. 3) By using open-source you always have the flexibility of bringing everything back in-house.

  • Fixed consumptive models. There is widespread revulsion from enterprise IT executives about any commercial offering that starts free and ends up costing you your house. I’m not petitioning here for capped cloud pricing but rather advocating for a tiered pricing model with associated levels of technical support and capability. There is a massive market opportunity, based on what I’ve heard, on fixed price cloud solutions that include pre-determined levels of consumption and correlated levels of included technical support and functionality. Think of it as Gold, Silver, Bronze. No more open-ended pricing models is the market demand. The market is headed in this direction and will get there in some way in my opinion.

KAOPS now integrates Prometheus metrics and Grafana dashboards to give platform and DevOps teams single pane of glass visibility across all clusters and clouds

Nethopper, the pioneer of Kubernetes Application Operations Platform as a Service (KAOPS), announces general availability of Grafana dashboards and Prometheus metrics support in KAOPS, allowing users to visualize their infrastructure and containers in one central place, get alerts via slack and/or email, and access over 20 graphs out-of-the-box for metrics visualization. With today’s announcement, Nethopper furthers its mission of making the journey to cloud-native technologies for enterprise DevOps secure, simple, and auditable.

What Sets Nethopper KAOPS Apart?

Nethopper KAOPs does much more than just install Prometheus and Grafana into customer’s clusters. Turnkey integration with KAOPS multi-cluster application networking technology scales customers’ observability operations as the number of clusters grows. Unlike other solutions that maintain several Grafana servers, one for each cluster, Nethopper KAOPS sets itself apart with its single Grafana server for a whole set of clusters, allowing users to observe and correlate data across their entire estate.

Prometheus Real-Time Metrics and Grafana Visualization

Prometheus is the only open-source systems monitoring and alerting directly supported by Kubernetes. Prometheus is the de facto standard across the cloud-native ecosystem, allowing insights into large Kubernetes deployments. It is the easiest way for DevOps to monitor highly dynamic container environments with metrics based on a time series data mode.

Grafana is an open-source analytics and interactive visualization platform that provides charts, graphs, and alerts, enabling DevOps to:

- Query, visualize, alert on, and understand their metrics, no matter where they are stored

- Create, explore, and share dashboards with their teams to foster collaboration

Quotes by Chris Munford, Nethopper’s Founder and CEO

  • “Kubernetes is often criticized for lacking observability, requiring users to add their own observability tools to capture metrics, display data graphically, provide history, and proactively alert when trouble occurs. This often requires hiring Kubernetes observability experts and determining best-practices for installing and configuring tools like Prometheus and Grafana.”

  • “Nethopper KAOPS now comes with Prometheus and Grafana observability tools integrated together, out-of-the-box. It’s like getting an observability expert, when you use KAOPS.”

"KAOPS works with all Managed Kubernetes offerings, so it's future-proofed when you change clouds or Kubernetes. It gives DevOps teams a head start and allows them to do more with less effort.”

Advanced Observability and Proactive Alerts with Nethopper KAOPS

This general availability of KAOPS with integrated support for Grafana and Prometheus is designed to offer proactive, robust, and simplified monitoring of Kubernetes applications with:

Grafana’s main features:

- Multiple visualization options for data - from graphs to histograms

- Visual thresholds definition with notification via Slack, PagerDuty, and more

- Grafana supports dozens of databases, natively

- Label filters that enable quick filtering and search through the list of logs

- Display dashboards with templated or custom reports

Prometheus's main features:

- Multidimensional data model with time series data identified by metric name and key/value pairs

- PromQL, a flexible query language to leverage this dimensionality

- No reliance on distributed storage; single server nodes are autonomous

- Time series collection happens via a pull model over HTTP

- Pushing time series is supported via an intermediary gateway

- Targets are discovered via service discovery or static configuration

- Multiple modes of graphing and dashboarding support

Nethopper KAOPS is a turnkey and innovative enterprise cloud-native DevOps platform for managing and operating modern applications. KAOPS’ GitOps-centric capabilities include infrastructure automation, CI/CD pipeline for containers, continuous delivery, multi-cluster/cloud application networking, secrets management, observability with proactive alerts, and documented best-practices.

Resources Available

- Read News: Nethopper Launches KAOPS in AWS Marketplace, an Easy Way to Run Apps on EKS

- Read Blog: MSPs Find a Cure for Their Multi-Cloud Kubernetes Dilemma

- Contact Us: +1 (617) 819-8009

AWS customers worldwide now have access to Nethopper’s GitOps-based DevSecOps platform to deliver, secure, and observe their applications on Amazon EKS

BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES, May 2, 2023/ -- Nethopper, the pioneer of Kubernetes Application Operations Platform as a Service (KAOPS), launches its KAOPS platform in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog of software listings from independent software vendors that makes it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Availability of Nethopper KAOPS in AWS Marketplace allows AWS customers to use a turnkey GitOps-based platform for managing Kubernetes operations to reduce time-to-market, accelerate development velocity, and optimize for cost and scalability.

Nethopper KAOPS provides an enterprise cloud-native platform for managing and operating modern applications. KAOPS provides DevSecOps with GitOps-centric capabilities for infrastructure automation, CI/CD pipeline for containers, continuous delivery, multi-cluster/cloud application networking, secrets management, observability with proactive alerts, and documented best-practices.

“Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) is the most popular managed Kubernetes service. Nethopper KAOPS makes it even easier to deliver, secure, and operate software applications on top of Amazon EKS," said Chris Munford, CEO and founder of Nethopper Inc. "Nethopper provides customers with a Kubernetes operations platform containing all the GitOps-based tools your application team needs. We are excited to launch in AWS Marketplace and help users deliver great apps to AWS," he said.

With the availability of Nethopper KAOPS in AWS Marketplace, Amazon EKS users can:

- Use a centralized dashboard to manage all Kubernetes operations

- Implement GitOps-based control plane to audit application changes (Argo CD)

- Automate Amazon EKS cluster creation (Terraform and Crossplane)

- Continuously deliver applications to Amazon EKS clusters

- Secure secrets and other sensitive data

- Make use of Grafana dashboards for infrastructure and container monitoring, out-of-the-box

- Use workflow engine to automate CI/CD pipeline

- Simplify hybrid- and multi-cluster management

“Successful application teams use several open-source tools to manage and operate their Kubernetes-based apps. However, it takes years to build a team of experts and integrate these tools with best-practices,” said Chris. "Nethopper KAOPS is that platform of tools and best-practices – and it is ready for Amazon EKS users now. Customers choose Nethopper so that they can focus on their application features and the business value they create, instead of building operational platform software. Nethopper saves time, money, and risk."

Resources Available

About Nethopper is pioneering KAOPS, a Kubernetes Application Operations platform as a service for DevOps, with the mission of making Cloud Native applications easy to configure and operate across hybrid, edge, and multiple clusters and clouds. Nethopper has roots in Boston-area innovation, from Digital Equipment Corp, Cascade Communications, Alcatel (NYSE: NOK), Ciena (NYSE: CIEN),, Red Hat (NYSE: IBM), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), etc.

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