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.
Announcing: install applications with the Helm CLI using Replicated
An overview of the new Helm install method with Replicated, and a walkthrough of installing an application using Helm and using the admin console.
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.
Replicated Runthrough: Outdated 101
Greetings and welcome back for the next episode of the Replicated Runthrough series. This time we’re going to discuss Outdated.sh, an open source kubectl plugin that finds and reports outdated cluster images.
Replicated Runthrough: Troubleshoot 101
Greetings and welcome to part two of the Replicated Runthrough series. We’ll will be covering Troubleshoot.sh, a Kubernetes plugin for – you guessed it – troubleshooting host and cluster-level issues.
Replicated Recent Release Highlights: April 2021
Last month we kicked off this new regular blog series where we update you on some of the exciting capabilities newly available in KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf), kURL, and Vendor Web.
Replicated Runthrough: kURL 101
TL;DR – kURL deploys entire Kubernetes clusters, pre-configured with as many or as few add-ons as your organization needs, delivered via the cURL utility. Greetings and welcome to our new Replicated Runthrough series, where we teach you about each project in the Replicated catalog in simple terms.
Build vs Buy: Why On-Prem Matters
Historically, delivering on-prem software has meant building bespoke, manual processes for every customer environment; costing time, resources, and money. Thanks to new, off-the-shelf solutions, delivery, and management have gotten easier than ever.
Container Image Registries – Huh?!
Greetings and welcome back to our series on getting familiar with the Replicated Vendor Portal. In this episode, we’re going to talk a bit about the different types of container image registries available to use with Replicated KOTS – or any other Kubernetes clusters.
Get Updated With Outdated
Have you been running a Kubernetes cluster for a while without updating? Do you have concerns that images running in your cluster might be a bit… old? Want a quick, easy, straight-forward solution to updating cluster images that doesn’t take forever to install? Well, we have just the answer for you – Outdated.sh!
SchemaHero 0.12 Released
Today, we’re excited to announce the release of SchemaHero 0.12. This is our first release as a CNCF Sandbox project, and we are thrilled with the community involvement and progress of the project.
KOTS Snapshots - Disaster Recovery 101
They say, “An ounce of preparation is better than a pound of cure.” This holds true for many situations, none more so than making sure that your organization is prepared in the dreaded event that something – whether it be an HSD, a fire, a spilled drink, or a flock of wild pigeons – takes […]
KOTS Snapshots – Disaster Recovery 101
They say, “An ounce of preparation is better than a pound of cure.” This holds true for many situations, none more so than making sure that your organization is prepared in the dreaded event that something – whether it be an HSD, a fire, a spilled drink, or a flock of wild pigeons – takes […]
Replicated’s Recent Release Highlights: March 2021
As our team and product grows, we’re making big strides with feature improvements to make your Replicated experience even better. This article kicks off what will be a regular blog series announcing new features, with a breakdown of the latest additions to KOTS (Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf).
Delivering Kubernetes Apps to Non-Kubernetes Users
KOTS is awesome if your clients are already running K8s – but what about the ones who haven’t fully been caught up in the K8s wave yet and are ready to make the jump? Well, the Replicated Vendor Portal offers a solution for that, using another Replicated product named kURL. We’ll definitely talk more about kURL in later blogs, but for now the TL;DR of what kURL is, is that it’s a custom Kubernetes distribution builder and installer that uses a cURL one-liner to build out a cluster. For this specific use case, KOTS is combined with kURL to install Kubernetes, then install your application all in one go.
KOTS Snapshots with Disaster Recovery – Now GA
Starting in KOTS v1.31.0, the Snapshots feature set that can be used to back up and restore applications, as well as restore from disaster recovery scenarios, is now generally available (GA), further improving Replicated’s Day 2 operational capabilities for third-party software vendors.
Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf Software & Why You Need It In Your Life
Greetings friends and welcome to part one of a series on getting familiar with the Replicated catalog. We’re going to start with KOTS – short for Kubernetes-off-the-shelf software.
Let’s Talk Troubleshoot – Preflight
If you were around in the tech industry back in The Olde Days, before containerization revolutionized infrastructure, you have probably lived through at least one Host Server Down (HSD) caused by a conflict in an OS patch, a missing dependency, an out-of-control logfile or any number of fairly common yet highly annoying reasons.
Kubernetes Infrastructure vs. Kubernetes Application Management
Interest in the adoption of Kubernetes (K8s) has certainly exploded over the past 3-5 years, but as with any next wave technology, there’s still a lot of confusion in the market about how to best leverage it to accelerate your business goals.
Replicated Donates SchemaHero to the CNCF
We’re excited to share that SchemaHero has been accepted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox project. While SchemaHero has always been an open source project, we are now transferring ownership to the CNCF.
SchemaHero 0.9 Released
Today we’re excited to announce the 0.9.0 release of SchemaHero. SchemaHero continues to be an OSS project we use internally and believe others will find useful as they move to Kubernetes.
Packaging Helm charts as KOTS apps
Replicated KOTS now has native support for packaging Helm charts as a component, or even as a KOTS application by itself. This works for both Helm 2 charts & the new Helm 3 charts.
Introducing kURL – K8s Distro Creator
kURL is an open source upstream-Kubernetes, custom distro creator. Think of kurl.sh as a link shortener for your favorite Kubernetes base components (aka add-ons). It creates a unique URL for your specific combination of components that can be installed with cURL on a modern Linux server.
kURL with Replicated KOTS
kURL is an open source project from Replicated that allows anyone to create a custom Kubernetes distro. One of the primary use cases of kURL is for distributing Kubernetes with an application or Helm chart to an enterprise customer who doesn’t have an existing cluster.
KOTS Demo Video
We recently recorded a demo of installing a Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf (KOTS) application as a private instance. In this video we play the role of both application vendor and enterprise IT admin, so you have to follow along closely to catch some of the nuance of the demo.
Announcing Kubernetes Off-The-Shelf (KOTS) Software
Today Replicated is announcing its new Replicated KOTS platform. Replicated KOTS provides software vendors with the tools they need to operationalize and scale the distribution of their Kubernetes application into enterprise environments. Those tools include Kubernetes-native versions of release channels, customer license management, automated troubleshooting and a nextgen end-customer admin experience.