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🗓️ What's new this week
🎧 Half a million downloads!
Just as we're doubling our podcast episode shipments to once a week, we hit a nice round number on the podcast downloads! 500,000!! Thanks so much to all those who enjoy the podcast.
🔴 Live show this week: NOPE, TAKING THE WEEK OFF TO WORK ON MY BIZ
I'll be back next week at KubeCon live with Nirmal Mehta (assuming wifi gods allow it).
This week, I'm at a "small business owners retreat" in Austin, Texas, with 20 friends who run indie tech businesses. Some great friends have been creating this yearly event in various US cities for those of us in tech running a bootstrap startup or indie biz. The best part is learning from other makers and hustlers and getting my chance to stand up in front of them and show off our little cloud native content business (or whatever this thing is) and get feedback to make us better. We keep it genuine (no Web 3 startups or coins, lol), and we're all "in the arena," spending our own savings to pursue our dreams. The small group with a "FriendDA" type relationship allows us to be honest with each other about the challenges while also encouraging and lifting each other up. It's a highlight of my year!
I then fly directly from Austin to Chicago for KubeCon!!!!!!
🎧 Podcast released
NetBackup has been around at least 25 years and I've been using it over 20 years, although not recently. So we had the two gentlemen from Veritas on the show to break down the evolution of NetBackup to a Kubernetes native backup solution.
We also talked about additional products that make sense in a backup context, like their InfoScale storage management solution, and we tried to break down some of the technicals. What are we talking about when we mean deploying NetBackup on Kubernetes? How does InfoScale fit into that? And generally, it helped me catch up with the last few years as NetBackup 10.0 has been released.
I asked lots of questions and we got some interesting questions from the audience.
The Live recording of the complete show from October 19, 2023 is on YouTube (Ep. #238).
👨💻 My KubeCon focus: Gateway API 1.0 and Pod spec security features
In upcoming newsletters, I'll write about the fresh Gateway API 1.0 release and how that affects Ingress and general traffic routing into and throughout a K8s cluster. I plan to attend several KubeCon sessions related to the graduation of Gateway API. You may have noticed that I've had multiple live show guests on the last few years about this new API, and I'm excited to see it become a stable 1.0 release.
You'll also soon get a fresh update on my "more secure and feature-rich podspec" that I provide on GitHub. I continue to preach about optional security features that we should all try to enable in every container environment we control. With Kubernetes, that often comes down to the pod spec, and this year, we've seen multiple significant features drop:
Seccomp by default and User Namespaces for pods. These two are huge and can really up your security game in running various workloads in Kubernetes.
But there's a catch: they aren't enabled by default, so in upcoming newsletters (and YouTube videos), I'll give you the details needed to improve your default pod security posture.
🗓 Next big thing️
We're days away from KubeCon in Chicago! Will I see you there? Join us in our Discord server ( #conferences channel and we'll organize a meetup IRL and take a selfie 🤳
👀 In case you missed last week's newsletter
Did you miss last week's newsletter? Read it here.