4 Companies to Watch in KubeCon 2021

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The cloud-native and Kubernetes community is a close-knit one, and there’s no bigger conference for k8s enthusiasts than the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s KubeCon/CloudNativeCon. This year’s event will be held between October 11-15 in Los Angeles.

Companies such as CoreDNS, Envoy, etcd, Fluentd, Harbor, and Helm are expected to make an appearance, but it’s the up and comers for whom everyone will be looking out. Here are four companies that are set to rock the stage at KubeCon 2021.

1. Komodor

Talk about k8s troubleshooting, and the first word that comes to mind is “chaos”. Applications these days are complex, using an ecosystem of microservices that can be tough to track. DevOps teams often struggle to locate the source of an error and decipher what it means.

Komodor advertises itself as the missing link in the DevOps chain. It tracks errors across the entire k8 stack and provides greater context to enable easy troubleshooting. It does this by tracking not just the error itself, but also the ripple effects an error has. 

As a result, organizations can empower multiple teams instead of relying on a select group of individuals who possess deep k8s knowledge to debug their systems. Komodor also makes Kubernetes tracking simple since it provides an audit trail throughout deployment and allows teams to view changes instantly across their stack.

In short, by understanding service dependencies and classifying errors into context, Komodor simplifies a traditionally problematic area in the k8s world.

2. StreamNative

Apache’s Pulsar is a popular messaging tool in the cloud-native community, and StreamNative’s platform aims to complement it. The platform provides teams with the ability to accelerate real-time app development. The event-streaming platform thus aims to simplify enterprise operations.

One of its biggest value adds is the ability to migrate existing Kafka applications without creating new code. StreamNative’s platform comes equipped with a plug-in protocol handler that allows teams to insert data from any source and develop across platforms. Popular protocols such as Apache Pulsar and Kafka are supported, which makes cross-platform development simple.

Building a unified data processing stack is also simple, thanks to the ability to integrate with Spark and Fink. StreamNative allows teams to pick their preferred processing engine and stream events in Pulsar. In addition, StreamNative also offers visually-rich dashboards and operating consoles that mark progress towards SLAs and highlight issues as enterprises scale.

In addition to the platform, StreamNative also offers enterprises the ability to host a Pulsar cluster in a fully managed cloud or a private one. In short, it solves all of the connectivity issues common with event streaming.

3. Kublr

Standardizing Kubernetes deployment across all environments is tough in enterprises due to the complexities of development. Kublr’s UI allows teams to easily track deployments and monitor clusters. Alternatively, Kublr’s API allows for easy integration across a wide range of tools.

Logging and monitoring are carried out via Kublr’s Control Plane, present within its platform. Every time a cluster is deployed Kublr automatically connects it to log collection. It uses Prometheus and Elasticsearch to store logs and metrics and Grafana and Kibana to visualize monitoring information. 

Crucially, the platform’s Alert Manager integrates with an enterprise’s email system or IM platform to ensure alerts are never missed. Teams can thus deploy, run, and manage Kubernetes clusters from a single panel, irrespective of the nature of their environments. Node autoscaling and disaster recovery are also simplified thanks to greater automation and centralized monitoring.

A key part of the platform is the Kublr Agent, a single binary that is installed on each node. It executes set up, configuration, status monitoring, and node restoration in case of failure. It also helps set up a secure communication channel between master and worker nodes upon cluster deployment.

Kublr addresses traditional pain points in enterprise Kubernetes deployment. Its sophisticated engine and easy-to-use platform make it an exciting product that is becoming more popular by the day.

4. Lightspin

Cloud stack security is an ever-present issue that teams traditionally struggle to address. Lightspin’s solution allows enterprises to view their stack just as an attack might and immediately address any issues that might be present. 

Thanks to their revolutionary graph-based technology, Lightspin enables proactive threat discovery and automated remediation of possible threats. For instance, a weak or misconfiguration is automatically detected and users receive alerts related to the issue. 

In addition, the platform also digs deep into the cause of issues and presents a list of risks ordered by the most critical to least. Thus, teams can easily prioritize their responses and focus on the ones that are the most urgent.

Given the emphasis on digital transformation these days, Lightspin is set to play a key role thanks to its ability to seamlessly integrate between the Kubernetes layer and the cloud layer in any enterprise.

Exciting Developments

These companies are just 4 out of many that are bound to present exciting developments at KubeCon. Given the rate at which the industry is progressing, there’s no doubt that even more impressive technological development is in store, and participants will be keen to explore them.

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