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Developer Self Service

Developer Self Service via Cluster Templates

Our recent release update in May adds support for a number of new features and enhancements and we have written about the these enhancements and new features in our blogs. This blog is focused on Cluster Templates for GKE that enables customers to implement a Developer Self Service for Kubernetes clusters.

We added support for cluster templates in early 2022 starting with support for Amazon EKS initially, then followed by cluster templates for Azure AKS and with this release, cluster templates for Google's GKE. Common Use Cases for Cluster Templates are "Ephemeral Clusters" for lower environments such as:

  • Developer Test Beds
  • QA environments
  • Product support to replicate customer issues

Deploying Backstage in Kubernetes With Enterprise-Grade Governance and Automation

Introduction To Backstage

Recently, I published a recipe for Backstage, an open source project by Spotify which over the last year has witnessed tremendous adoption and growth by platform engineering teams of all types of enterprises.

Some of the key features of Backstage include:

  • an easy-to-use interface for developers
  • extensible plugin ecosystem (for ex. plugins available for GitHub Actions, ArgoCD, AWS, and more)
  • ability to easily build and publish tech documentation
  • native Kubernetes plugin for cloud-native apps
  • ability to compose different developer workflows into an Internal Developer Portal (IDP)