March 21, 2016 by Tom Bennett / General

Moving Gondor to Kubernetes and CoreOS

Over the past six months, Eldarion has completely rebuilt Gondor, our PaaS offering, to give it much more power and flexibility. A couple of recently published articles provide more detail on what we’ve been up to.

A lot of work has gone into this overhaul, which was led by Eldarion’s Brian Rosner. Recently, Brian conducted an interview with The New Stack to discuss the backstory:

How Eldarion approaches monitoring is a uniquely tiered perspective which showcases how well it has embraced the power of Google Kubernetes and CoreOS since migrating to the platform in July of 2015.

Brian Rosner, chief architect notes that

Monitoring happens at many different layers. As such, there are cluster, system, and container metrics. Container metrics could largely be seen as app metrics because the line between container and system metrics that are not app metrics is quite blurry.

You can read the rest of this article on The New Stack website.

Eldarion CEO James Tauber shared some of the technical nitty-gritty of the upgrades to Gondor with Container Journal:

Eldarion leveraged CoreOS to rebuild Gondor in order to run it on technologies from alternative infrastructure providers and in private clouds. By untying Gondor from a single infrastructure provider, Eldarion met its customers’ business continuity (BC) and redundancy needs.

Gondor users code complicated Web tools and applications using technologies that are continually blossoming in new ways. Users support applications on complex and highly scalable infrastructures. “There are stronger requirements for frontend technologies such as React and Angular, which present new challenges in order for the backend to cope with stateful data,” explains Tauber.

The previous iteration of Gondor did not meet the design constraints necessary to in order for it to work with micro service architectures. The older Gondor platform operated based on infrastructure assumptions that don’t facilitate the kinds of uses Eldarion customers now have in mind. Eldarion had to adapt its approaches to Gondor development to support its customers’ needs moving forward.

To read the full article, visit The Container Journal website.

We appreciate all the attention to Gondor, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels. We have big plans for our PaaS offerings that we will be announcing in the coming months. So stay tuned!

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