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Installing Kubernetes Metrics Server securely

The Kubernetes Metrics Server is service that can be run within Kubernetes to provide container resource metrics, such as CPU and RAM usage. Those metrics ca...

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Announcing Config Maps

When building systems that integrate with our API, sometimes you need to store some configuration or state. It’s natural to want to store this somewhere in o...

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How autoscaling Kubernetes on Brightbox works

We’ve just launched our Kubernetes autoscaler, which creates and destroys new Kubernetes cluster nodes in response to demand and I thought I’d go into more d...

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Announcing the Brightbox Kubernetes Autoscaler

Today I’m really pleased to announce the Brightbox Kubernetes Autoscaler. With this enabled, your Kubernetes cluster can grow and shrink its own cloud server...

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Orbit Cloud Storage Container Quotas

We’ve recently added container quota support to our Orbit Cloud Object Storage service, allowing you to set container size and object count limits on a per-c...

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PostgreSQL 12 now on Cloud SQL

Today we’re announcing support for PostgreSQL 12 as a new engine version for Cloud SQL, our zero-config database service. PostgreSQL 12 brings loads of new ...

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Functional FizzBuzz in Elm and Ruby

It’s a Bank Holiday here in the UK and that’s the traditional time when Systems People take to their retreats and work on their Foo. Since Functional Progra...

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Orbit SFTP gateway now FASTER and STRONGER!

Orbit is our durable and highly available cloud storage service, based on OpenStack Swift. We provide an SSH file transfer protocol gateway to Orbit which a...

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How to run open source video conferencing on Brightbox with Jitsi

Given the sudden importance of staying indoors, we’ve been getting a number of questions about self-hosting video conferencing services on Brightbox. So we’v...

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Covid-19 Resilience at Brightbox

In this period of unprecedented uncertainty, the last thing you need to be worrying about is your cloud infrastructure. To that end I want to describe just ...

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How to Partition a Boot Disk on a Cloud Server

When you create a Brightbox Server the root partition is automatically expanded to fill the entire disk on first-boot. Normally this is exactly what you want...

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Rubynetes: Getting Helm manifests over the line with Ruby

The Nearly Tool In the previous parts of this blog series we’ve covered various ways to manipulate and test Kubernetes YAML manifests using Ruby. But what i...

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