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Docker updates subscription plan

Docker introduced a new production subscription - Docker Business - for organizations that use Docker at scale and require additional features (SSO, registry access control, ...).

Docker Desktop will remain free for small businesses, personal use, and non-commercial open-source projects. This tier has been renamed Docker Personal. You may use Docker Desktop for free (As part of the Docker personal subscription) for:

  • Small companies (<250 employees AND less than $10m in annual revenue)
  • Personal use
  • Education and learning (students, instructors)
  • Non-commercial open source project

For other subscription tiers (Pro, Team, Business), you'll have to pay $5 per user per month.

You can read more about the changes here; don't forget to check out the FAQ as well.

For an alternative, check out this article by Cirrus Minor that talks about replacing Docker Desktop with hyperkit and minikube.

State of Kubernetes Security Report

Red Hat published the State of Kubernetes security report that examines how companies are adopting Kubernetes, containers, and cloud-native tech and securing Kubernetes apps. One of the exciting findings in the report (amongst others) is that 94% of respondents experienced at least one security incident in their Kubernetes environment. The majority of the issues get attributed to human error and misconfiguration of resources. You can read the full report and other findings here.

Organizing Kubernetes containers

There are different ways and patterns to organize Kubernetes containers. The init containers allow you to separate the applications from the initialization logic.

If you have existing containers but want to augment their behavior, you can use the sidecar container pattern and have an additional container run alongside your app container.

To hide the complexity and provide a unified interface, so your container can access external services or do the opposite - provide a unified interface to external services to access your container, you can use the ambassador and adapter patterns.

I've also talked about these patterns and demonstrated how to use them in one of the Kubernetes YouTube live streams.

ArgoCD - Declarative, GitOps continuous delivery tool for Kubernetes

ArgoCD follows the GitOps pattern where you use Git repo as the source of truth. It runs as a controller in Kubernetes and continuously monitors running apps and compares the current state with the desired state from the Git repository. You can get started with ArgoCD by following the getting started tutorial or watch the full GitOps and ArgoCD video from Anais Urlichs on YouTube.

Links of the week


Previous newsletters

  • November 24, 2021

    What's next for cloud-native computing?

  • November 7, 2021

    Content from KubeCon and EnvoyCon videos 2021

  • October 1, 2021

    Hacktoberfest 2021 starts today, deep dive into k8s scheduling, Kubermatic

  • September 17, 2021

    5 years of Envoy, Kubernetes CVE, getting started with K8s security

  • September 10, 2021

    State of DevOps report, critical review of the Kubernetes hardening guidance, what happened to Docker, 8 Terraform best practices

  • August 27, 2021

    Kubernetes dashboards, Path from Kubernetes to Serverless with Kelsey Hightower, and Secret Manager support for Functions

  • August 20, 2021

    Github Codespaces, KubeCon and redesign

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