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KubeCon 2021 Q&A: Gremlin Will Help With Chaos Engineering, Resilience and Reduce Downtime


KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2021.  Will you be in attendance?  If so, VMblog invites you to swing by and check out the Gremlin booth in the sponsor showcase.

Read this exclusive KubeCon pre-show interview between VMblog and Jason Yee, Director of Advocacy at Gremlin, the leading Chaos Engineering platform helping companies improve resilience and reduce downtime.

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VMblog:  Can you give us the high-level rundown of your company's technology offerings?  Explain to readers who you are, what you do, what problems you solve, etc.

Jason Yee:  Modern, cloud native applications are becoming increasingly more complex. This has two negative implications for companies and engineering teams: First it means there are more risks when it comes to the reliability of your applications. Second, the complexity makes resolving incidents even more difficult. Gremlin provides a platform that helps you proactively improve your reliability by injecting controlled failure into your system-a practice known as Chaos Engineering-so you can identify areas that need improvement and hone your team's ability to respond to incidents.

VMblog:  And while talking about your products, can you give readers a few examples of how your offerings are unique?  What are your differentiators?

Yee:  Chaos Engineering is often associated with large, bleeding-edge technology companies. Gremlin was founded by engineers from those companies to make the practice and tools accessible to everyone. We provide a safe, reliable platform that requires minimal software installation, so customers can get started quickly. We also offer professional services and have a team of experienced SREs who can help your organization build a Chaos Engineering practice.

VMblog:  At what stage do you feel we are at with regard to containers?  Is there anything still holding it back?  Or keeping it from a wider distribution?

Yee:  Containers are mainstream and I think the only thing holding back adoption is the cost of migration. One of the advantages of migrating to containers is the cost savings as applications are able to be more densely packed onto infrastructure. However there are a lot of costs associated with re-architecting applications to take advantage of containers, training staff, and migrating developer and CI/CD tooling to containers.

VMblog:  How does your company or product fit within the container, cloud, Kubernetes ecosystem?

Yee:  As companies move to the cloud and adopt microservices, the complexity of their applications will grow. The more distributed your systems are, the more risk vectors you'll have. In order to ensure reliability, companies need to test their applications and develop a deeper understanding of failure, what it looks like, and how to respond. Chaos Engineering addresses all of these and Gremlin's platform helps make Chaos Engineering easy.

VMblog:  How can people find you at the show this year?  Can you give VMblog readers a sneak peek as to what you will be showing off at your booth? What should attendees expect to see and hear at your booth?

Yee:  Kubecon attendees can find us at booth S38 or visit our virtual booth online. Stop by our booth to learn more about Chaos Engineering and how Gremlin's platform can help your organization be more resilient and achieve its reliability goals.

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VMblog:  If an attendee likes what they see and hear at your booth, what message about your product can you send them back with to sell their boss on your technology?

Yee:  Kubernetes isn't a panacea for reliability and the increased complexity puts your organization at increased risk of downtime. Your company needs to be proactive about reliability in order to meet customer expectations.

VMblog:  There will be plenty of interesting topics covered during the KubeCon keynotes and breakout sessions.  But can you take this opportunity to share your own thoughts about any big changes or directions you see for this industry?  What trends do you see?

Yee:  As a member of the Kubecon program committee, I noticed a huge increase in the number of session submissions around gitops and improved CI/CD. Kubernetes has always been an engine for running containers, but not an application platform. The trend that we're seeing is more organizations using CNCF projects to build out application platforms where developers simply need to commit code and the testing and deployment are all automatic.


Published Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:23 AM by David Marshall
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