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How we deployed a network PoP remotely during the COVID-19 Crisis

As part of our SaaS-based Control-plane, we have built and run our own global backbone (AS35280), using multiple 100G and 400G links between our PoPs.

Don’t just move the problem, solve it!

How many times have you found yourself emailing a sensitive file to your accountant, lawyer, friend, relative, or co-worker and immediately feeling remorseful? Or perhaps you uploaded the file to some cloud storage provider and emailed or Slacked the link. You have tried some password-based encryption programs only to find that they are buggy, hard to work with, and most importantly, don’t really solve the problem — they just move the problem from securely sharing the file to securely sharing the encryption password. You have been reading about all sorts of privacy and security breaches and your cynical alter ego has almost convinced you to give up on security. Sound familiar?

Overcoming limitations of Service Mesh for the security of distributed app clusters

This is the fourth blog in a series of blogs that cover various aspects of what it took for us to build and operate our SaaS service...

Time to Effect

This blog is a follow-on to “What is a good control plane to operate a large number of Kubernetes clusters”. The previous blog described Volterra’s unique Fleet Operations approach to managing a fleet of infrastructure sites and applications. This specific blog describes a key challenge of configuration drift faced by an operations team when making configuration changes across a large number of clusters or sites. I call this challenge, “Time to Effect.”

What is a Good Control Plane to Operate a Large Number of Kubernetes Clusters?

This specific blog describes how Volterra helps users operate their applications and infrastructure like a fleet. We will explain how our control-plane based approach eases operations of a large fleet of app clusters and compare it with other multi-cluster management-plane approaches like Google Anthos, Azure Arc, Rancher, etc.

Managing Thousands of Edge Kubernetes Clusters with GitOps

At Volterra, the SRE team’s job is to operate a global SaaS-based edge platform. We have to solve various challenges in managing a large number of application clusters in various states (i.e. online, offline, admin-down, etc.) and we do this by leveraging the Kubernetes ecosystem and tooling with a declarative pull-based model using GitOps.

Securing a Distributed Platform — Identity, Secrets, and Key Management

This is the third blog in a series of blogs that cover various aspects of what it took for us to build and operate our SaaS service...

Global Service Mesh for Distributed Applications

This specific blog will tackle the challenges of connecting and securing these distributed application clusters from three points of view — application to application, user/machine to application, and application to the public internet...

Control Plane for Distributed Kubernetes PaaS

Since these applications could be running in multiple clusters across cloud providers or customers’ edge locations, our platform team had to build a distributed control plane and a PaaS service to deploy, secure, and operate multiple multi-tenant Kubernetes clusters...

Applications Driving... Distributed Cloud Services

We provide a broad portfolio of distributed cloud services that gives our customers the ability to build, deploy, secure, and operate distributed applications and data. Using our SaaS-based offerings, we enable our customers to focus on their business logic while we solve the problem of distributed infrastructure, application management, and the operation of a large fleet of distributed application clusters across multiple cloud locations and/or edge sites.

Distributed Clouds with a Centralized Mission: the Volterra Story

After more than two years of working with customers around the globe, heads-down development of a major platform, and yes, many long nights, we have hit a key milestone for our company -- launching.

Access SaaS Apps ...Privately

Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings are becoming increasingly prevalent across all industries as organizations look for ever more dynamic and flexible ways to leverage software while ensuring operational stability, cost transparency, dynamic scale and agility.