GitOps with GitLab ArgoCD and Renovate Bot

GitOps for managing cluster software using GitLab, ArgoCD and Renovate Bot

This article demonstrates how to use the ArgoCD GitOps controller to deploy applications to a Kubernetes cluster. The definitions/manifests of these applications, such as an Ingress controller, monitoring stack, etc., are stored in GitLab. They are automatically updated by Renovate Bot, which regularly scans your GitLab project for outdated dependencies. A demo project illustrates how … Read more

gitlab ci/cd introduction

Introduction to GitLab CI/CD pipelines: a complete guide to get you started

This article provides a detailed introduction to the general concepts of GitLab CI/CD pipelines. It discusses the anatomy of the pipeline definition file, how GitLab distributes and runs jobs on runners, and what good practices you can follow. I also explain how the containerization of CI jobs affects their ability to build Docker/OCI images. Introduction … Read more

prometheus in kubernetes feature

Kubernetes Observability – Part VI: Prometheus in Kubernetes guide

This article discusses the different options you have to install Prometheus in Kubernetes, and then explains the installation of the Prometheus operator in detail, using the kube-prometheus-stack Helm chart. I conclude with how to upgrade your Prometheus stack as well as your own alerting rules and Grafana dashboards. Introduction The Prometheus stack is a popular set of … Read more

alerting best practices

Kubernetes Observability – Part V: alerting best practices

This article explains best practices for writing alerts on an abstract, tool-independent level. I go into technical alerting patterns (including RED and USE) and why it is better to start from a business angle instead. I elaborate on general alerting rule design, such as alert frequency and appropriate destinations, and give concrete tips for addressing … Read more

prometheus concepts

Kubernetes Observability – Part III: Prometheus & Alertmanager basic concepts

This article helps you understand the basic Alertmanager and Prometheus concepts, such as metrics, time series, samples, alerts, and alert notifications. I also explain how data is conceptually stored, how you should approach instrumenting your application, and the basic idea of dashboards. Introduction The Prometheus stack is a popular set of tools used to achieve observability of your system. … Read more

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Kubernetes Observability – Part II: architecture introduction to Prometheus, Alertmanager & Grafana

This article takes a detailed look at the architecture of the Prometheus stack, consisting of the individual applications Prometheus, Alertmanager, Grafana, Pushgateway, and various exporters. I discuss how each component is configured, which kind of data it stores, and how Prometheus can be scaled. Introduction to Prometheus The Prometheus stack is a popular set of … Read more

observability feature

Kubernetes Observability with Prometheus, Loki & Grafana – Part I: Learning guide

In this article I define the term observability, why you need it and what basic steps are necessary to achieve it. I then present a generic learning guide for how to implement observability for Kubernetes with the Prometheus-stack. Introduction to Observability It is always important to quickly determine that your system is malfunctioninig, and to … Read more

ci/cd basics feature

CI/CD Basics

CI/CD is the process of fully automating tasks such as building, testing and deploying your software. Instead of running these tasks manually, on a developer laptop, you have them executed on a server all the time. In this article, I dive deeper into the definition of CI/CD and related terms, explain the background of CI/CD, … Read more