Lee Briggs

Lee Briggs

Software Engineer

Announcing Pulumi Community Slack Archive

Announcing Pulumi Community Slack Archive

Creating a place for the Pulumi community to gather, ask questions, get help in real-time, and share successes has been an important part of the explosive growth we’ve seen in both users and customers. The Pulumi community slack has grown to over 7000 members and well over 200,000 messages.

Within those 200,000 messages are years of information kept behind a “walled garden” that is undiscoverable outside Slack’s search capabilities.

Today we’re announcing that our community slack is now publicly available via https://archive.pulumi.com thanks to Linen

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Which Azure Container Solution is right for you?

Which Azure Container Solution is right for you?

Containers have emerged as one of the de facto standards for running software. When adopted with the right mindset, they can drastically improve the development lifecycle and help to close the loop between local development and running your applications in the cloud.

If you’re at the stage of trying to run your application in Microsoft Azure, the choices can be overwhelming. The Azure Container product page lists 7 different products on their landing page, and for new users it can often be difficult to decide which of the myriad products is right for their use case. What can make it even more confusing is that often these container services can be interoperable, meaning you can use one container product from another!

In this post, we’re going to examine each of the main container services offered in Azure and then examine what they’re good for and what they might not be so good for. Let’s take a look!

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It’s Time to Embrace Kubernetes! Really? (Part 1)

It’s Time to Embrace Kubernetes! Really? (Part 1)

When you’re considering whether or not to implement Kubernetes, perhaps the first question to ask yourself is do you need it at all?

The point of any technology isn’t the technology itself. When done right, Kubernetes can reduce the barrier of entry for application developers so they can get features from their machines to your customers as quickly and easily as possible. But do you already have a solution that works well? If you do, why do you want to change it? Making such a radical change in your technology is potentially quite dangerous so what’s your motivation?

It very well might be that sticking with and improving the solution you already have offers a better cost/benefit tradeoff. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that simply adopting a new technology like Kubernetes will instantly solve your hard organizational or technical problems, however, we know that is seldom true.

In this blog post we’ll share some tips and tricks for evaluating your own situation to see if Kubernetes is a good fit. We’ve learned these from helping hundreds of customers adopt Kubernetes — in addition to not, when there was a better solution available. We’ll see that the question isn’t that simple to answer and there are a lot of variables to consider. In the next blog post, we’ll talk about a situation where Kubernetes can be a good fit and how to start your first Kubernetes project.

Note that these blog posts assume you already have some familiarity with Kubernetes. If you are just starting to learn, our Getting Started with Kubernetes blog series is a good place to start.

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Getting Started with Amazon EKS Distro & Pulumi

Getting Started with Amazon EKS Distro & Pulumi

As Kubernetes grows in popularity, the number of options for Kubernetes users continues to increase. Providers of managed Kubernetes offerings will often learn lessons about operating large numbers of clusters at scale; it’s increasingly common that they will contribute this knowledge back to the ecosystem, allowing those organizations who need more control and flexibility to reap the benefits.

With the announcement of the Amazon EKS Distro during AWS re:Invent, the Amazon EKS team has contributed back to the cloud-native community in a big way. In this post, we’ll take a brief look at what the Amazon EKS Distro is, explore why you might choose this over current managed service offerings and finally, explore how you can get started with the Amazon EKS Distro on day 1 using Pulumi.

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Introducing New Slimmer Docker Images

Introducing New Slimmer Docker Images

One of the most exciting aspects of using Pulumi can also present some interesting engineering challenges. Pulumi supports three operating systems, multiple programming languages, and almost 40 different providers. This means creating tooling that works effortlessly across all possible user scenarios can often throw unexpected challenges our way.

Nowhere are these challenges more prevalent than in the Pulumi Docker containers.

The pulumi/pulumi Docker container is almost 3Gb uncompressed, which is generally considered large for a Docker image. In this post, I’ll examine why this container has grown to the size that it is, and talk about how we hope to solve it.

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Peace of Mind with Cloud Secret Providers

Peace of Mind with Cloud Secret Providers

The secrets in your infrastructure are a vital part of your security model, and provisioning infrastructure is an inherently privileged process. Previously we introduced secret encryption and started encrypting secret configuration values inside the Pulumi state so that users could be confident their passwords, tokens, and other secret values were viewable only by them while managing their infrastructure. Our first iteration of the encryption used either a passphrase for encrypting the secret or encryption via the Pulumi service backend. However, these options didn’t meet the needs of our users who needed more control over their data. That’s why we also added support for “Cloud Secret Providers,” giving users full confidence that their sensitive values are for their eyes only.

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