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New from Magalix: A More Accurate Node Advisor for Better Resource Usage and Cost Control!

Hey there,

We've been hard at work at Magalix building out new features to help you understand the cost and usage implications of your node configurations on any cloud, whether it's Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or AWS.

This week, we delivered enhancements to the Node Advisor that will calculate your usage and cost based on allocatable resources per node. This will give you more accurate predictions if you're cost- or resource-conscious.

If you've never used Node Advisor, there are two ways to realize its value.

1. Log in to your console, scroll down to the "Cost Analysis" section (see above screenshot), and view the recommendations related to cost generated by the Node Advisor.

2. Alternatively, you can go to your Recommendations tab, and view the area under "Cost" (see below), and then click through to view the recommendation itself, where you will see our new updated and enhanced numbers depending on whether you're on-prem, on-demand via any cloud, etc.

When you click on any of the cost recommendations, you'll see the below table in the Recommendation detail view, showing you how to save money with new node configurations.

Start a free trial or log in to your console today to check out these new features.

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Thanks for reading! If you want to learn more about how to balance cost, performance, and resource usage, make sure to check out our article below on balancing the 3 needs.
Now on to the updates from our blog and the Kubernetes Community!

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Kubernetes Observability: Log Aggregation Using ELK Stack

Logging In The Cloud-Native Age

In the old days, all components of your infrastructure were well-defined and well-documented. For example, a typical web application could be hosted on a web server and a database server. Each component saved its own logs in a well-known location: /var/log/apache2/access.log, /var/log/apache2/error.log and mysql.log.


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Which One Should You Prioritize? Kubernetes Performance, Cluster Utilization, or Cost Optimization?

Whether you are just getting started with Kubernetes or it is fully adopted in your organization, getting the most out of it and providing the best user experience will always be a challenge. Targeting the best performance or highest efficiency of your kubernetes cluster too early will slow you down significantly, and you may end up with lots of security holes in your cluster or just your team giving up on the technology. Deferring these optimizations will make you run in reactive mode, which creates unnecessary stress for you and your team. It is crucial to have a proper framework to prioritize factors impacting your infrastructure and your users’ experience at the right time.

From the K8s Community

The Year Ahead for Kubernetes and Container Security

A new study out conducted among the DevSecOps community shows that Kubernetes use is rapidly growing within the enterprise, and not just within test or development environments. As organizations try to catch their breath with the rapid adoption rate, the security community is scrambling to adapt to containers and cloud native architectures as the new normal.

The Alcide Kubernetes survey queried 200 professionals from development, operations, security, and cloud architect teams. It found that 45% of companies are now running Kubernetes in production, with some 37% of organizations using hybrid or multi-cloud environments for their K8 clusters. The study showed that Kubernetes use in production rose by 120% in the last year.

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Kubernetes Gets a Runtime Security Tool

As more enterprise users deploy Kubernetes as their preferred container orchestrator, momentum is building to lock down security on vulnerable hybrid cloud deployments.

The latest step comes in the form of a runtime security tool dubbed Falco accepted this week by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a hosted development project. The group said Monday (Jan. 6) the open-source runtime security framework originally created by cloud security specialist Sysdig has transitioned to incubator status as Kubernetes production deployments scale.


5 Kubernetes trends to watch in 2020

“As more and more organizations continue to expand on their usage of containerized software, Kubernetes will increasingly become the de facto deployment and orchestration target moving forward,” says Josh Komoroske, senior DevOps engineer at StackRox.

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4 Ways Kubernetes Could Be Improved

Kubernetes is good, but it could be improved. Here are some things that could be better.

Like almost everyone else these days, I think Kubernetes is the best container orchestration solution. But that doesn’t mean Kubernetes isn’t without its flaws. For my money, there are a number of things that Kubernetes could do better—and needs to if it is going to remain the de facto open source container orchestrator.

Indeed, some days I think the best thing I can say about Kubernetes is that it has fewer shortcomings than its competitors (I’m looking at you, Docker Swarm) rather than that it truly stands apart for its strengths.

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