Faster builds in Docker with Go 1.11

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About a month ago, Go version 1.11 was released. I’ve been looking forward to this release, because of the introduction of modules. These allow for a more efficient way of building Go applications with Docker than was possible before, without using non-official external dependency managers. What’s new In this new release, Go adds support for ‘modules’. This is an alternative to using [...]

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Running a Unifi Controller on AWS Fargate, a good idea?

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For a company that heavily depends on cloud infrastructure we’re pretty much depending on being able to connect to that cloud. Our internet connection is our lifeline, you could argue. We all use laptops so we sort of expect a wireless connection to be available. Some people would say we have a lousy WiFi connection, although it works on my machine (because I set it up myself ;-). To be [...]

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The Cloud Native Engineer Role

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Cloud computing changed the required skills for software engineers and system administrators. IT departments that didn’t continuously researched and adopted new technologies are usually caught off-guard when they decide to “move to the cloud”. A cloud native IT department requires new skills as the software they have will need refactoring and repackaging to run and take advantage of the new [...]

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Docker vs. Kubernetes: Is Infrastructure Still At War?

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Docker and Kubernetes are undoubtedly the biggest names in Cloud Native infrastructure right now. But: are they competing technologies, or complementary ones? Do we need to worry about joining the right side? Is there risk here for enterprises, or is the war already won? If so, who won it? Some context for this query is in order. Three years ago, war was raging inside the data centre. By [...]

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Image Management & Mutability in Docker and Kubernetes

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Kubernetes is a fantastic tool for building large containerised software systems in a manner that is both resilient and scalable. But the architecture and design of Kubernetes has evolved over time, and there are some areas that could do with tweaking or rethinking. This post digs into some issues related to how image tags are handled in Kubernetes and how they are treated differently in plain [...]

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