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As participants in the cloud native space, we share our consulting, research and training experience as well as provide competitive analysis and deep dives of cloud native toolchains.

How do you handle special pod startup needs with Init Containers?

Init containers run when a pod is first initialized. Their job is to run bootstrapping tasks before a pod’s primary application container runs. Init containers are great for separating preparation steps from operations. They run in sequence, each one completing their assigned task before the next init container or any application container runs. If any…

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Chris Hanson to Speak at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020

Exciting news! Chris Hanson, a Senior Cloud Native Engineer with RX-M will be speaking at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020 about zero-downtime deployments on Kubernetes. Chris’s session will cover how Kubernetes provides several types of automation controllers to deploy and manage applications at scale and how each has features that provide for zero-downtime upgrades and…

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A Quick Review of Kubernetes etcd

So you’ve got a Kubernetes cluster, now what? etcd is the persistent key-value store that holds the state of a Kubernetes cluster. Every pod, deployment, secret, kubelet – everything about a Kubernetes cluster is stored in etcd. That means that etcd is one of the most important things to keep backups for, and is an…

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The Kubernetes Learning Journey for Developers

As an official Kubernetes Training Partner and Certified Service Provider, we’re often asked what’s the best way for developers and DevOps teams to properly skill-up on Kubernetes.   There are a few paths future Kubernetes developers can take on their way to becoming Certified Kubernetes Application Developers (CKAD).  For Kubernetes beginners, we recommend starting first with…

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How does Kubernetes Ingress work?

In this quick video, we answer the question of how Ingresses in Kubernetes work. Ingresses manage external access to services and pods within a cluster.  We start with three pods in our cluster, with their IP addresses ending at .9, .17, and .22. These pods use an existing pod network with the CIDR of 10.32.x./16.…

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Using Raw API calls to control Kubernetes

This quick video explains how you configure Kubernetes pods to control Kubernetes itself with raw API calls. Most users interact with Kubernetes using kubectl. kubectl itself is a sophisticated wrapper for “curl” and communicates with a Kubernetes cluster’s API server. Using the -v flag followed by a number tells kubectl to show the exact call…

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Navigating network services and policy with Helm

Deploying an application on Kubernetes can require a number of related deployment artifacts or spec files: Deployment, Service, PVCs, ConfigMaps, Service Account — to name just a few. Managing all of these resources and relating them to deployed apps can be challenging, especially when it comes to tracking changes and updates to the deployed application…

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A big thank you to everyone at KubeCon 2019!

Last week at KubeCon 2019, we presented our deep Kubernetes and cloud native training catalog with a special dive themed booth. Our CNCF Ambassador, CKA, and CKAD certified experts were on hand in San Diego to answer questions and talk container strategy. The “deep dive” theme highlighted our extensive cloud native training course catalog, which…

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A special congratulations to Team Pink Puff

Congratulations to Pink Boat Regatta’s Team Pink Puff! We recently learned that Pink Puff, who recently participated in their 3rd Pink Boat Regatta, had won several acknowledgments including: Best Overall Woman Skipper: Margaret Pommert 1st In Class for Points Overall 1st in Class for Fundraising Seattle’s Pink Boat Regatta is a way to fuel smart…

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RX-M's Cloud Native & DevOps enablement philosophy

Bring a neutral perspective

We bring a market-neutral perspective to every engagement, taking no stake in any of the competing cloud native platforms, components or solutions so we can offer unbiased insights to our clients

Practice what we teach

We are a multi-cloud company consisting of prominent open source contributors with large-scale software engineering experience, actively contributing to the evolution of next-gen software architectures, application management and platforms

Be solution focused

RX-M has the unique ability to deliver purpose-built, solution-based training in the form of custom curriculum that aligns with each of our client's specific desired outcomes so your team has the skills needed to accelerate the business

Our team has been trusted to work alongside Cloud Native and DevOps teams at some of the most exciting brands