Managing Kubernetes Storage: Automating PV and PVC Cleanup

Kubernetes, the de facto orchestration system for containerized applications, offers robust solutions for managing storage through Persistent Volumes (PVs) and Persistent Volume Claims (PVCs). These resources ensure that storage persists beyond the lifecycle of individual pods, but managing them, especially cleaning up “Released” PVs and PVCs, can become a daunting task as your cluster grows. …

Streamlining Kubernetes Log Retrieval with Python

Working with Kubernetes can often involve sifting through logs to troubleshoot or monitor applications. This can be cumbersome, especially when dealing with multiple pods across various namespaces. To simplify this process, I’ve developed a Python script that enhances the experience of fetching and managing Kubernetes pod logs. The Challenge Retrieving logs in Kubernetes typically requires …

Automating Helm Chart Updates and Downloads with Python

Managing Helm charts efficiently is crucial for Kubernetes administrators and DevOps engineers. Today, I’ll guide you through automating the process of checking for the latest version of a Helm chart and downloading it using Python. Specifically, we’ll focus on the aws-ebs-csi-driver Helm chart as an example, but the principles can be applied to any Helm …

Streamlining Troubleshooting: How to Re-Run EC2 UserData for Effective Problem Solving

In the intricate web of cloud computing, efficiently managing and troubleshooting EC2 instances is a cornerstone of maintaining a robust AWS infrastructure. One of the lesser-known, yet powerful, capabilities is the ability to re-run UserData scripts on these instances. Originally intended to execute only during the initial launch, there are practical scenarios where re-executing UserData …

Automating AWS Backup Checks with Python: A Simple Guide

In the vast expanse of AWS infrastructure, keeping track of which instances are marked for backup can be a daunting task. Whether you’re managing a handful of instances or overseeing a sprawling cloud environment, the importance of a robust backup strategy cannot be overstated. Today, we’re diving into how a simple Python script can streamline …

Applying Kant’s Ethical Principles in the DevOps World

In the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and DevOps, we often focus on the technical skills and tools that drive our industry forward. Yet, the ethical framework guiding our decisions can significantly impact our teams, products, and the broader community. Immanuel Kant, a luminary in the realm of philosophy, provides timeless principles that, though centuries …

Navigating the DevOps Landscape: A Comparative Analysis of Mend CLI and JFrog

The evolution of DevOps practices has given rise to a plethora of tools designed to streamline and enhance the software development lifecycle (SDLC). Among these tools, security and artifact management solutions like Mend CLI (formerly known as WhiteSource) and JFrog Artifactory have become indispensable for organizations aiming to bolster their software supply chain security and …

Automating AWS EC2 Instance Management with Python

Managing AWS EC2 instances can often require repetitive tasks such as listing available instances, starting stopped ones, and securely logging into them. Automating these tasks not only saves time but also reduces the possibility of human error. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to use Python and Boto3, AWS’s SDK for Python, to create …

Navigating the Waters of API Rate Limiting with Jenkins: A DevOps Tale

In the dynamic world of DevOps, managing API rate limits is akin to steering a ship through treacherous waters. The GitHub API, with its stringent usage quotas, poses a significant challenge for continuous integration and delivery pipelines, particularly those orchestrated by Jenkins. This article unfolds a real-world scenario faced by a DevOps Engineer named Alan, …

Navigating the Challenges of Jenkins: A DevOps Perspective

In the ever-evolving landscape of DevOps, Jenkins has long stood as a cornerstone tool for continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD). Born in the early days of agile development, Jenkins provided an open-source platform that was revolutionary for its time, automating the build, test, and deployment phases of software development. However, as the demands of …