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Open Source Project vcluster Now Runs Upstream Kubernetes Natively

Loft Labs | January 10, 2022

Loft Labs, a venture-backed startup working on developer tooling and platform technology for Kubernetes, announced that the popular open source vcluster project now supports upstream Kubernetes.

Although engineers have already been able to deploy virtual clusters using vcluster on top of vanilla Kubernetes clusters, the virtual clusters themselves have always been using the opinionated K3s distribution internally rather than upstream Kubernetes. With this release, vcluster users will now be able to deploy Kubernetes-powered virtual clusters to improve and optimize utilization of computing resources without the need to use K3s within the virtualization layer.

We expanded vcluster support to vanilla Kubernetes in response to feedback from our user community. Many companies working with vcluster want to start leveraging the benefits of virtual clusters in production. Making these virtual clusters run with Kubernetes rather than K3s is a big step towards production-readiness for vcluster.”

Lukas Gentele, co-founder and CEO, Loft Labs

With the availability of upstream Kubernetes in vcluster, users can now also use any new Kubernetes feature immediately after its release and will not have to wait for K3s to ship their adapted Kubernetes version.

First launched in April 2021, vcluster is used to create lightweight Kubernetes clusters that run inside the namespaces of underlying Kubernetes clusters. Using virtual clusters solves the majority of multi-tenancy issues of Kubernetes because they offer:

  • Better isolation than simple namespace-based multi-tenancy;
  • Reduced cloud computing cost because virtual clusters are much more lightweight and resource-efficient than spinning up separate single-tenant clusters;
  • Logical separation and encapsulation of application workloads from the underlying cluster’s shared infrastructure workloads (such as shared ingress controller or network plug-ins).

At the same time, virtual cluster users can expect that their virtual cluster behaves just like any regular Kubernetes cluster because vcluster is a certified Kubernetes distribution, which means that it passes all conformance tests that CNCF requires. Virtual clusters are often used as development environments when engineers are building, testing and debugging cloud-native software, but they are also frequently used as ephemeral environments for executing continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. Also, an increasing number of companies are starting to explore virtual clusters in production, where virtualizing Kubernetes can be a great way to: surpass the scalability limits of regular Kubernetes clusters; isolate heterogeneous workloads in shared clusters; and streamline and simplify cluster operations when working with large-scale multi-tenant clusters.

Loft Labs builds on top of vcluster and provides an enterprise-grade Kubernetes platform called Loft which is used by large organizations to create a self-service platform for their engineering teams. When an enterprise runs Loft, their engineers can provision virtual clusters on-demand whenever they need them, either using the Loft UI (user interface), the Loft CLI (command-line interface) or even using the Kubernetes command-line tool kubectl via the custom resources provided as part of Loft.

About Loft Labs
Loft Labs was founded in 2019 to create open-source developer tooling and virtual cluster technology for Kubernetes, with the goal to increase developer productivity and to help engineers gain secure but unimpeded access to cloud infrastructure.

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Until recently, enterprise-grade disaster recovery had been prohibitively expensive for most organizations. Thanks to the rapid development of cloud infrastructure, organizations can now attain top-of-the-line disaster recovery capabilities into AWS at a fraction of the cost. An enterprise-grade disaster recovery (DR) solution is no longer something that is nice to have.

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Evolutio is First European Provider to Deploy Ribbon's Virtual C20 for Telecom Services

Ribbon | December 06, 2022

Ribbon Communications Inc.a global provider of real time communications technology and IP optical networking solutions to many of the world's largest service providers, enterprises, and critical infrastructure operators to modernize and protect their networks, today announced that Evolutio, an expert company in the integration of cloud services and solutions, is upgrading its network with Ribbon's Virtual C20, making it the first European provider to leverage this solution, and gaining a more robust call platform. "At Evolutio we are focused on innovation to provide a better service to our customers. This requires moving a lot of our network technology forward, which is resource-intensive both in terms of Opex and staff time. The Virtual C20 allows us to align ourselves with our customers' needs, providing them with the best offering and ensuring the best experience at every touch point, both for them and their users," said Juan Diego Barrado, CIO - CTO of Evolutio. "In this sense, Ribbon's ability to upgrade us to the highest level of technology for virtualized call control, without us having to start from scratch or retrain our team, represents an invaluable asset, while providing us with a more sustainable platform that consumes less energy and is designed for future enhancements." Ribbon's Virtual C20 delivers call control that operates on the newest technology architectures while retaining the best features of its predecessors, dating back more than thirty years to the Nortel DMS family and the CS 2000. The solution offers an unprecedented ability to simultaneously accommodate multiple last mile/ kilometer architectures, enabling service providers to collapse numerous central offices regardless of the brand or type of existing equipment. The C20's scale and resiliency make it ideal for complete network transformations, whether immediate or over extended periods. "We're proud that Evolutio trusts us to modernize their network and reduce costs, Our highly flexible Virtual C20 solution, along with our professional services teams, create an especially compelling business case to the many service providers around the world still operating legacy switch platforms that are end of life. We believe that the Virtual C20 is unequaled in its ability to cost-effectively transform service provider networks without inherently requiring a massive replacement of last mile / kilometer infrastructure." Steve McCaffery, Ribbon's EVP Sales, APAC & EMEA Evolutio believes it offers its customers the best option to achieve their goals, accompanying them throughout their journey of improvement and implementation of new technologies. With the Virtual C20, the expert company in service integration continues to improve customer service by increasing the efficiency of its operations. About Ribbon Ribbon Communications (Nasdaq: RBBN) delivers communications software, IP and optical networking solutions to service providers, enterprises and critical infrastructure sectors globally. We engage deeply with our customers, helping them modernize their networks for improved competitive positioning and business outcomes in today's smart, always-on and data-hungry world. Our innovative, end-to-end solutions portfolio delivers unparalleled scale, performance, and agility, including core to edge software-centric solutions, cloud-native offers, leading-edge security and analytics tools, along with IP and optical networking solutions for 5G. We maintain a keen focus on our commitments to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters, offering an annual Sustainability Report to our stakeholders. About Evolutio Evolutio is an expert company in integration of cloud services for the main multinational and domestic companies in the Spanish market. Its objective is to boost the agility, flexibility and innovation capacity of its clients, helping them to achieve the maximum possible value from their business and accompanying them in their digitalization process. Headquartered in Madrid, Evolutio has a portfolio of assets in Spain that includes more than 5,600 kilometers of network, 3 data centers and more than 6,200 virtual machines, 270 cybersecurity certifications, more than 1,000 highly qualified experts and it inherits a track record of more than 30 years of experience in the sector.

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Veeam Provides Insight Global with Confidence Against Ransomware Threat

Veeam Software | October 11, 2022

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Stratodesk Launches Managed Service Provider Partner Program for VDI, DaaS and Cloud Workspaces

Stratodesk | October 04, 2022

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