Using Telemetry to Test Your Application Across Customer-Representative Environments
Our Director of Solutions Engineering, Chuck D’Antonio, walks through how to use Replicated’s Instance Insights (telemetry) to set up a GitHub action that tests a vendor’s application across their customer-representative environments. Watch the video or read the transcript to learn more.
Replicated Monthly Release Highlights - November 2023
Gobble gobble - our Product and Engineering teams have been hard at work getting big features ready in time for the holidays! It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting new capabilities available in the Replicated platform. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for November 2023.
The Replicated SDK for All!
Replicated now recommends that all vendors include the SDK with their application, regardless of how their application is packaged or delivered. Including the SDK unlocks additional functionality for any vendor’s application. Because the SDK is updated along with the application, new features can easily be made available to your customers without requiring a KOTS update.
Announcing: Customer Data Export Improvements
Today, we’re excited to announce new and improved ways to export and explore data about your customers and their instances. We've heard from customers that they want instance data in the hands of their analysts so that they can combine it with other data, like from CRMs, and build custom analyses and reporting. We are introducing three ways to do that now.
A mini-interview on Replicated Instance Insights
We sat down with Dexter Horthy, product manager for Instance Insights, to ask him about the progress vendors are making in measuring what matters for their apps running in customer-managed (non-SaaS) environments.
How Replicated uses the Compatibility Matrix to continuously test our KOTS installer releases on various K8s distributions and versions
Now with Replicated’s new Compatibility Matrix offering, we are able to confidently test KOTS compatibility, and the new Replicated SDK offering, on OpenShift, EKS, GKE, AKS, and more. KOTS testing continues to benefit with each new distribution and version added.
Announcing: Custom Metrics for Instance Insights
Announcing a new way to use Instance Insights: Custom Metrics. Beyond just instance uptime, app versions, and infrastructure status, vendors can now measure *anything they want* about customer instances.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights - October 2023
Read all about improvements to Compatibility Matrix, Vendor Portal, our SDK, KOTS, kURL, and docs. Check out the release highlights for October 2023.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: September 2023
Read all about improvements to Compatibility Matrix, Vendor Portal, our SDK, KOTS, kURL, and docs. Check out the release highlights for September 2023.
How to Add Continuous Release Testing to Continuous Integration
Diverse operating systems, hardware configurations, and software dependencies among customers can lead to issues that might hinder adoption and satisfaction; thorough compatibility testing as part of your continuous integration (CI) processes minimizes these risks, fostering user trust and loyalty while reducing post-release support burdens.
Announcing: Instance Telemetry Notifications
Today, Replicated is announcing a new way to get important updates about customers and on-prem instances to help catch problems before they get worse. This new feature helps vendors become proactive in reaching out to prevent support cases.
Announcing: Vendor Portal Improvements for Helm Installations
Today, Replicated is announcing additional features to complement the recent beta launch of the Replicated SDK for Helm Charts, making it easier for vendors to experiment with Helm CLI installations.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: August 2023
It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in the Replicated platform. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for August 2023.
Announcing: New Registry UX and Test Workflows
New updates to the Proxy Registry experience that allow the testing of configured registries directly in the vendor portal and easier configuration of different registry types.
Introducing the Replicated SDK (beta)
We're pleased to announce the beta availability of the Replicated SDK for all vendors using the Replicated platform. The Replicated SDK is a new feature that's been designed to make Helm CLI based installations more transparent and manageable.
Helm alone is not enough (for commercial software distribution)
For software vendors with paying customers, there are a lot of distinct capabilities necessary to be successful. While Helm does its specific job of installing apps very well, Helm alone is not enough to handle the full lifecycle of commercial software distribution.
Testing Releases in Customer-representative Environments
A common challenge for independent software vendors (ISVs) is that the wild diversity of customer-managed operating environments makes testing their application very complex and time consuming. Replicated's Compatibility Matrix offers a solution.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: July 2023
The fireworks have settled down, but our Product & Engineering teams are still lighting up new features. It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (our application manager), kURL (our installer), and the vendor portal. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for July 2023
Revolutionizing Vulnerability Management with VEX
Learn how VEX (Vulnerability Exploitability eXchange) revolutionizes vulnerability management, and how Replicated is leveraging it to offer a standardized and automated approach to efficiently address vulnerabilities.
ISV Testing Strategies for Reliability and Compatibility
ISVs should be able to test a release prior to distributing to end-customers. Tests will cascade from quick and simple tests that can be done at every app code commit, to more time consuming complex tests that are run in preparation for a full customer-facing release.
Why ISV software distribution teams are overworked (and what to do about it)
Teams responsible for the distribution of their software into customer environments overworked and underfunded. We dig into some of the common reasons and look at ways to address this challenge.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: June 2023
The summer heat is building and our Product & Engineering teams are bbqing up new features. It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (our application manager), kURL (our installer), and the vendor portal. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for June 2023 below.
On-Prem Perspectives: Streaming Data with Meroxa
Meroxa's VP of Engineering Simon Lawrence sits down with Replicated's Sr. Developer Advocate Ian Zink to chat about the importance of having an on-prem offering and the opportunities it unlocks for their small team. By offering an on-prem version of their product, Meroxa is able to pursue high-revenue customers that require high levels of data control and security.
All K8s are not the same: How ISVs test compatibility
When distributing a Helm chart to hundreds of enterprise customers, it's important for ISVs to ensure compatibility with a range of Kubernetes versions, distributions, configurations, add-ons, and entitlement. Here's how.
Using Security as a Catalyst to Improve Application Adoption Metrics
Replicated recently announced new version adoption reporting. If your software adoption metrics signal challenges with your enterprise customers taking on recent software updates, consider using security as an enabler.
Announcing: Adoption Reporting
Today, we’re thrilled to be launching some brand-new adoption reporting in the Replicated Vendor portal. Replicated customers can now see key version adoption data rolled up across all their customers. This adoption report will provide not only at-a-glance tactical and operational details, but also key strategic metrics for understanding and improving the quality of the software you distribute.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: May 2023
The summer heat is becoming active and our Product & Engineering teams are storming up new features. It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in our application manager, our Kubernetes installer, and the vendor portal. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for May 2023 below.
Announcing: Regex Config Input Validation
Now in version KOTS 1.98.0+ you can define guardrails using regular expressions to ensure values provided by an end user are valid.
Secure Everything Everywhere All at Once
Security requires a comprehensive approach to be successful, and Replicated helps security-conscious vendors and enterprises meet their goals. We can think of 1/ security strategy for the enterprise who wants control of their data and the apps they use, 2/ security approaches used by the vendor building the app, and 3/ security by design that’s embedded within Replicated to facilitate both. This blog will explore the many layers of security that are necessary to protect apps and data in customer-controlled environments – everything, everywhere, all at once.
Measuring up: The Existential Crisis for Commercial Software Distribution
Independent software vendors (ISVs) need to urgently rethink how they distribute their applications to their customers' self-managed environments (i.e. on-premises, VPC, or air-gapped environments). Without more useful metrics to give them insights to their actual holistic performance, they have hidden problems they can't quantify or address, which threaten their success.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: April 2023
As the warm weather is being distributed more widely, our Product & Engineering teams are springing forth new features. It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in our application manager, our Kubernetes installer, and the vendor portal. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for April 2023.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: March 2023
Spring is deploying quickly and so are the new features from our Product & Engineering. It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in our application manager, our Kubernetes installer, and the vendor portal. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for March 2023 below.
Why Replicated has moved away from recommending Longhorn for kURL storage
Replicated recently changed its recommended and default storage provider away from Longhorn and back to Rook and OpenEBS. This post explains the history and reasoning for the new direction for embedded cluster storage.
Instance Insights: Install Success Rate
Surveying your install success rate gives you insight into the quality of the packaging of your software and how prepared you and your customers are to begin the install. How many attempts does it take before an install is successful? What percentage of installs require more than one attempt? How often are installs successful on the first attempt?
Announcing: Improved Customer Reporting
Today, Replicated shipped an improved customer reporting view. This builds heavily on the work done in Instance Insights: Instance Telemetry to pull instance insights up to the customer level, aggregating data from all instances deployed for a single customer license.
Allow Users From Your Company to Auto-Join Your Replicated Team!
We’ve enhanced the experience of onboarding new vendor users by allowing users with a matching email address domain to automatically join your team. It’s no longer necessary to send invites to each user within your organization if you want to allow read-only access to all employees for that specific team.
How to validate the SBOMs on Replicated Releases
A software bill of materials (SBOM) is a list of components that make up a software product. Most all software products use a combination of open-source and commercial software components from third-party vendors. Because each element has potential security implications, awareness of these sometimes hidden components is critical to understanding any software's current and future cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Replicated has been delivering SBOMs alongside every KOTS, kURL, and Troubleshoot release for some time now. We have recently updated our documentation and processes to make it easier to validate SBOMs on releases.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: February 2023
Over half way through winter and spring is nearly on-premises. While the temperatures have been icy, come get some hot new insights from our vendor portal. It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in our application manager, our Kubernetes installer, and the vendor portal. Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for February 2023!
Instance Insights: Time to Install
The first metric we’ll dive into in the Instance Insights series is time to install. The time it takes for end users to get a vendor’s software up and running in a new environment is a key indicator of the quality of the packaging, configuration, testing, and documentation of the delivery of a software product.
How the GitLab Team Made Software Distribution a Core Product Competency
At RepliCon Q4 2022, one of Replicated’s Senior Product Managers, Dex Horthy, sat down with Dilan Orrino, DJ Mountney, and Jason Plum from GitLab and chatted about how their team things of excellence in software distribution.
Become a Replicated Expert with Hands-on Labs
Replicated hands-on labs are a great resource to learn everything you need to be successful in distributing and supporting your application in your customers’ diverse Kubernetes environments.
Announcing: Improved Customer Instance Telemetry
This week, Replicated’s Vendor Experience team shipped a complete rebuild of our telemetry and reporting pages for the health and status of vendors’ end-customer instances running in the field. This is the first feature in our improved Instance Insights capabilities theme making it easy for Vendor Support Engineers and other customer-facing staff to understand the health and performance of a customer instance in one place.
Introducing Replicated Instance Insights: Key Metrics for Customer-Hosted Applications
This is the first article of a series in which we'll dive into using strategic metrics to drive excellence in commercial off-the-shelf software. It's important to align on what to measure and how before launching any customer-hosted or on-prem initiative.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: January 2023
Check out the recently shipped Replicated features and release highlights for January 2023.
Rapid release iteration with Replicated and Tilt
We describe how to setup an inner loop development cycle with Application Manager (KOTS) and use Tilt to automate that inner loop for truly rapid release iteration.
Replicated Completes SOC 2 Type 2 Audit
Replicated today announced the successful completion of our System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type 2 attestation for security and confidentiality. This achievement reflects the company’s commitment to cybersecurity.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: November 2022
November brought with it shorter days and longer nights, but the Replicated Product & Engineering teams were undeterred preparing a feast of new features. See the latest new Replicated features in this edition of Recent Release Highlights!
Pinning Your kURL Installer for Greater Consistency
Your kURL installer specification allows you to specify what components (add-ons) you want in your embedded K8s cluster. Those component versions can be pinned, which helps get everyone running the same versions.
When to Choose Self-managed vs SaaS for Your Applications
We believe there is a place for SaaS software, and it is important to understand how the decision between the self-managed vs SaaS is made. This post explains the two primary axes of the decision.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: October 2022
As the leaves drop, so do the new features. Check out all of the latest features that landed in October
Enhancing the Replicated App Manager with Rqlite
Starting in v1.89.0, the app manager uses rqlite instead of Postgres to store metadata like version information. This change is the first step toward a more highly available and more supportable app manager.
Debugging Kubernetes: Enhancements to Troubleshoot
We're happy to announce some new updates for the Troubleshoot project to help make debugging K8s applications more modular and dynamic, including online specs.
Enhanced Helm is Now Open for Public Beta
Our enhanced Helm offering has progressed to an “open beta” stage. This means both vendors currently using Replicated and the general public are now eligible to apply to join our beta program.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: Sept 2022
Spring and summer gave autumn a miss, but the Replicated Product & Engineering teams are charging ahead on our product roadmap! Check out all the new stuff in this recap.
How to run GPU Workloads on a K8s Cluster with kURL
When using kURL for an on-prem Kubernetes installation, it is possible to enable GPU support with some minor changes in the kURL spec. This blog post will guide you through the different steps needed to enable GPUs.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: August 2022
Summer may be winding down, but the Replicated Product & Engineering teams are moving full steam ahead on our product roadmap! It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available.
Troubleshoot.sh (A Guide to Debugging Kubernetes)
Replicated sponsors an open source project called Troubleshoot, follow the link for the official troubleshoot.sh page. There are two major sides to Troubleshoot, which are preflight checks and support bundles.
How to Run CIS Benchmark Tests on K8s Clusters Installed with kURL
As part of our continuing effort to help vendors ship software securely to their customers, we added a new feature that enables you to create a Kubernetes node that meets CIS benchmark best practices.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: July 2022
July was another big month for the Replicated Product & Engineering teams! We have some exciting new capabilities to share based on input from vendors like you.
The Hidden Pain of DIY On-prem K8s-based Software Distribution
This blog is going to be a little different – rather than tell you about all the wonderful ways Replicated is helping software vendors, we’re going to explore what the experience is for those companies who try to build their own DIY software distribution tooling.
The Value of Preflight Checks for Software Installation
Preflight Checks allow ISVs to define specific checks for each release to ensure the environment has been appropriately provisioned and all system requirements are met. Read on to learn more about how Preflight Checks reduce customer frustration and speed up the time to value for a newly deployed application.
Improved Kubernetes Application Management
The admin console application dashboard and version history pages of Replicated's App manager have now been redesigned for aesthetic and functional improvements. Read on for an in-depth look at all of the recent changes for your end customers!
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: June 2022
June was another big month for the Replicated Product & Engineering teams! We have some exciting new capabilities to share based on input from vendors like you.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: May 2022
We’re always hard at work adding new enhancements and features to Replicated. Read all about them in our newest Replicated Release Highlights blog!
How to Use ‘Strict’ Application Preflight Checks to Prevent Unsuccessful Application Installs
This feature enhancement allows you to specify if you want a failed preflight check to block a requested application deployment.
Enable Semantic Versioning and Automatically Deploy New Versions
Replicated recently released two great new features that are even more powerful when used together: our new support for semantic versioning and automatically deploying updates.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: April 2022
April was an exciting month for us! We’re always hard at work adding new enhancements and features to Replicated. Read all about them in our newest Replicated Release Highlights!
Adventures in Database Administration - Starring SchemaHero!
Schemhero enables Kubernetes administrators to create, import, and manage containerized databases using the same YAML definitions used for virtually every other component of a Kubernetes cluster. Read how in our new post!
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: March 2022
March was an exciting month for us! We’re always hard at work adding new enhancements and features to Replicated. Read all about them in our newest Replicated Release Highlights!
Support Bundle Control for Troubleshoot.sh
Believe it or not, our engineers have made troubleshoot.sh even better by creating a supplementary plugin that converts `support-bundle` output from JSON to standard `kubectl` output, saving even more time & flowing seamlessly into standard workflows for Kubernetes admins.
Watch The “Highway to Helm” Webinar On-Demand
We're all fans of AC/DC, but as it turns out, a lot of Kubernetes developers are fans of Helm charts, as well. Watch our newest webinar, Highway to Helm: Operationalizing Kubernetes App Delivery now!
Introducing the New Replicated Docs Site!
One of our primary goals at Replicated is to make the distribution and management of your application easy. Read all about our brand new Replicated docs in this announcement post.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: February 2022
February may be the shortest month of the year, but we’ve still managed to pack in several new enhancements to Replicated. Read all about them in our newest Replicated Release Highlights!
The Challenges of ‘Day 2’: Q&A with Replicated Product Manager Alex Parker
In this post, we sit down again with Replicated Product Manager Alex Parker to discuss the ins and outs of a Kubernetes app’s Day 2 experience.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: January 2022
New year, same great product innovation from Replicated! Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for January 2022 below.
New Features Announced: Improvements to UX, Host Preflights Support Great Product Experience
In upcoming releases of the Replicated app manager and Kubernetes installer, we will introduce two exciting new features that we want you to be aware of.
NEW: Log In to Replicated Using Google Auth
New and existing Replicated users now have the ability to sign in to their Replicated.com vendor portal accounts using Google Authentication.
Q&A with Replicated Product manager Alex Parker: The Challenges of “Day 1” Delivery of Kubernetes Apps for Enterprises – and How to Get It Right
In this blog, we’ll show you what’s involved in delivering a modern app to the enterprise, what the challenges are in doing so, and why it’s so valuable to get it right.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: December 2021
Wait a minute, what do we mean, “December”? It’s January! Yes, and Happy New Year! Like many of you, we took a little time off between the holidays to cozy up by a fire, sip some hot cocoa, and enjoy some much-needed time off with friends and family.
New Exciting Support Enhancements for 2022
Happy New Year friends! Replicated Engineering is always working to provide the best support experience for you and your teams. Continuously evaluating and improving our processes for your benefit is a top priority and we can’t wait to share a few new updates with you happening in the new year!
Replicated Repositories Are Not Impacted by the log4j Vulnerability
We’re not affected by any log4j vulnerabilities as our products don’t use Java. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
End-to-End Prometheus Alerting Example with Replicated
Observability has emerged front-and-center in the DevOps toolkit for optimizing organizational performance and delivering high-output, high-quality software. Observability methods and tools are evolving rapidly, from scraping and sampling to tracing and indexing.
Announcing the New Replicated Beta Program
We’ve recently built the Replicated Beta Program! Because we are inventors, designers, and tinkerers at heart; we are constantly iterating on the Replicated product. New capabilities, features, use cases — our imaginations for new Kubernetes (K8s) solutions are limitless.
Q&A with Replicated Product Manager Justin Nordeste: Geeking Out on “Day 0” for Kubernetes App Developers
We talk to developers every day and know what exceptional specialists they are at designing code to solve their customers’ challenges creatively. But when it comes to configuring and planning for that app to be installed ‘on-prem,’ tasks like installing a Kubernetes (K8s) cluster or setting up the app for delivery of future releases to […]
Improvements to Helm Hook Support Is Now GA
We have improved our support for Helm charts with additional supported “hooks” and “hook weights.” Replicated also updated its Helm chart install mechanism. Many Replicated vendors have existing investments in Helm, an open-source project that helps to manage Kubernetes apps.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: November 2021
Are you settling in yet to your autumn vibe? We are! Our team here at Replicated is really enjoying our apple ciders, campfires, and general fall coziness.
Solving the Problem of Installing Software on Kubernetes – On-Premises and on the Edge
By Jason Bloomberg (@TheEbizWizard) – Intellyx | Part 3 of the Intellyx On-Prem Innovation Series In the first two articles in this series (which you can find here and here), my colleague Jason English explained why many enterprises would prefer air gapped software installs over putting software in the cloud.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: October 2021
October was a big month in our space as we prepared for, sponsored, attended, and presented content at KubeCon 2021! We hope you were able to participate in the show in some way — in person or virtually.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: September 2021
September is a month of change, as summer leaves us and cooler weather for many helps usher in the early part of fall. Still, our classic Replicated fervor is still in full swing, and we’re back again with a fresh batch of exciting new developments and release highlights.
New and Improved: API Tokens Now Better Aligned to RBAC Policies
We’ve been hearing from vendors that you want additional flexibility and control over token-based access, so we’ve spent the last several weeks digging into the user problem and exploring best practices and solutions. The result? New and improved tokens, which provide more controlled API and CLI access in the vendor portal!
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: August 2021
Summer may be winding down, but the Replicated Product & Engineering teams are moving full steam ahead on our product roadmap! It’s time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf), our embedded K8s installer (kURL), and Vendor Web.
Air Gap On-Prem Use Cases for the Security-Conscious Enterprise
By Jason English (@bluefug) – Intellyx| Part 2 of the Intellyx On-Prem Innovation Series When I think of the most mission-critical on-premises secure installation scenario of all time, my mind immediately wanders to silos. Missile silos, to be exact.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: July 2021
Time for another fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf), and kURL! Check out the recently shipped features and release highlights for July 2021 below.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: June 2021
This month, we share with you a fresh batch of exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf), kURL, and Vendor Web. Let’s take a look at some of the recently shipped features and release highlights for June 2021 below.
The State of On-Prem Series: On-Prem Sales and Demand Are Rising
With the dawn of cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and the rapid adoption among enterprises, there’s one thing that may come as a surprise: on-prem sales and demand are rising, and modern software companies are offering more enterprise delivery options than ever before.
Performing an Airgap Install on an Existing Kubernetes Cluster
Depending on your background, how word association works in your mind, or your search engine technique, hearing the phrase “airgap environment” might trigger thoughts of anything ranging from spaceships to dishwashers. Despite the interesting and seemingly unrelated word choice, Replicated has not decided to move into the home improvement space – though there may be […]
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: May 2021
This month, we bring you another post in our ongoing blog series highlighting some of the exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf), kURL, and Vendor Web. Let’s take a look at some of the recently shipped features and release highlights for May 2021 below.
Replicated Runthrough: KOTS 101
Greetings and welcome back to the Replicated Runthrough series, where we teach you about each project in the Replicated catalog in simple terms. This week’s episode will be on KOTS – a.k.a. Kubernetes Off The Shelf software.
The State of On-Prem: Modern Solutions for a Traditional Problem
Dimensional Research has just released a new report, The State of On-Prem: Modern Solutions for a Traditional Problem, based on a survey sponsored by Replicated.