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Helm is a Kubernetes package manager that helps you find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes. With Helm Charts, you can bundle Kubernetes deployments into a single package you can install by running a single command. At LOGIQ, we use Helm Charts on the regular. One of our favorite Helm Charts is logiq — the same Helm Chart we use for quick deployments of the LOGIQ observability platform for customers, prospects, and folks who’d love to know more about what we’re building.

This article will explain how you can deploy your favorite Helm Chart on MicroK8s in under 5…

Kubernetes is one of the most popular choices for container management and automation today. A highly efficient Kubernetes setup generates innumerable new metrics every day, making monitoring cluster health quite challenging. You might find yourself sifting through several different metrics without being entirely sure which ones are the most insightful and warrant utmost attention.

As daunting a task as this may seem, you can hit the ground running by knowing which of these metrics provide the right kind of insights into the health of your Kubernetes clusters. Although there are observability platforms to help you monitor your Kubernetes clusters’ right…

Cloudformation vs. Terraform: Which is better?

Building and managing cloud infrastructure manually can be quite the task; even more challenging when you’re operating as a distributed team. With everyone pushing multiple (and often concurrent) changes and updates, it can be tricky to properly provision, configure or deploy resources and applications when needed or track and fix errors on the fly. It can quickly create unnecessary dependencies that bog down your system and sap away time and resources that you could spend in strengthening and scaling your infrastructure. It’s situations like this where Infrastructure as Code (IaC) comes in handy.

IaC allows you to automate the tasks…

Top Log Visualization Tools in 2021

New year, new log visualization tools for your DevOps team?

Regardless of your answer, now is the best time for your team to review your current logging technologies. If you’ve been using the same one for a while, it may be time to upgrade.

And you won’t be alone, either. As teams look for more cloud-based solutions to manage their DevOps, IDC predicts that the industry will be worth $1 trillion in three years.

But where do you start?

If only someone would put together a list of the best products for you and your team. …

6 Python Logging Best Practices

Python currently has 8.2 million active users worldwide. That’s almost a million more than Java, which was beating Python the prior year.

This new programming-language is changing the game with its unique user-friendly learning curve. Common in machine learning and IoT development, it’s no surprise it’s garnered such rapid adoption.

Developers and casual programmers alike are picking this language up, but what are the Python logging best practices?

If you work with Python, then keep reading. We’re going to dive into our Python logging guide so you can build a better understanding and practice of the logging module.

The Ultimate Python Logging Help

Python comes…

Containers at Scale: Our Best Kubernetes Cost Optimization Tips

If you’re among the 84% of computer users who utilize containers in their everyday operations, deploying Kubernetes solutions is likely a priority. However, even for the most experienced DevOps teams, this is far easier said than done.

The cost of integration appears too high at first brush, but fortunately, this is not true. Read on to learn some Kubernetes cost optimization strategies that will make your container orchestration and maintenance a cost-effective and straightforward process.

Research and Understand Kubernetes

To optimize the costs of any software, you must understand the specific workings of the solution that you’re employing. While you likely already know that…

Top monitoring use cases & tools for your IT team

DevOps teams face increasing challenges in delivery. Far from the legacy practices of build — test — release, the development cycle now moves at breakneck speed. Development teams are looking at faster, more agile delivery while minimizing the risk of defects.

To meet end-user demands, your team needs to rely on tools that will automate the process. Monitoring tools in DevOps will provide you with crucial information about service, performance, security, and more.

The DevOps toolbox can include everything from integration management to delivery management. How can you know what tools are right for your team? …

8 Logging Best Practices You Should Already Know

In today’s business world, IT professionals have learned to live with complexity. That’s because IT professionals need to handle everything from petabytes of machine data to microservice architecture or monolithic systems. In the last ten years, complexities in managing log data keep on growing.

Most of the managing log data growth and challenges are due to the advancement of distributed systems. Logging is now in almost every facet of the business, and they are in virtually every part of a software stack. Logging has become so essential to IT management.

Most of the time, you can troubleshoot logging issues in…

How to Use Chaos Engineering to Lower Cloud Spend

Responding to a “system down” emergency is an IT professional’s nightmare. At the time that an application is offline, there are stress, cost, and urgency factors.

Planning can help your organization prevent such an emergency, but what is the right amount of planning versus the cost involved? In a complex landscape, there are considerations for cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premise environments.

Cloud environments, in particular, have a cost associated with infrastructure. So what is the right about of testing for a failure scenario?

Chaos engineering is meant to take traditional testing and intentionally try to break your environment at the…

Why You NEED an Incident Management Process Plan

It’s unavoidable. Even the best DevOps teams will run into problems.

Yep, that’s right-even yours. And you can expect it to happen more than once too.

So, what does that mean? Should you give up and let all of your hard work over the years come crashing down?

Well, no. It just means that you need to start thinking about your incident management process better. Because if you don’t, you too could lose £80 million ($102 million) — as British Airways did during a 2017 system outage.

Fear not, though, because there’s no need to panic. …

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