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DevOps in Switzerland Survey 2024

3. Jan 2024

VSHN and Zühlke are thrilled to present together the DevOps in Switzerland Survey 2024!

Just like in previous years, we would like to know about the current state of DevOps in Switzerland. Our goal with this study is to investigate how you and your company understand DevOps and whether you already work according to DevOps principles. We would like to learn the current state of DevOps, the reasons for and against it, and where its development is headed. We will compare the results with the ones from previous years to draw conclusions and identify some key trends.

Survey

The survey is open until March 28th, 2024, and may be shared, forwarded, and retweeted with your peers. It will only take about 5 minutes of your time.

Take part in the DevOps in Switzerland 2024 survey here.

Why should you take part?

Seven years after VSHN’s first check on DevOps in Switzerland, it is time to take a closer look at its current state and adoption in 2024.

VSHN and Zühlke will prepare an (anonymized) report, “DevOps in Switzerland 2024“, in which we compare this year’s results with those of previous years to derive trends and better understand the development of DevOps. You will be asked for your email address at the end of the survey if you want to receive a copy.

And just like last year, we will have a prize draw! If you enter your details at the end, you’ll automatically enter a prize draw for one (1) Digitec / Galaxus voucher of 200 CHF or one (1) APPUiO Cloud voucher worth 200 CHF! We will contact the two winners privately and separately on Friday, March 29th, 2024. The terms and conditions are available.

Help us determine the current state of DevOps in Switzerland! Please take part in our study and tell us about your experience with DevOps and what role DevOps plays in your business.

We are already very excited to learn about results and trends. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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Introducing gepardec-run: Your 24/7 Hassle-Free Application Management Solution, powered by VSHN

6. Oct 2023

Collaboration between Gepardec, VSHN, and Exoscale

We are excited to announce a collaboration that brings together the best of three worlds—Gepardec, VSHN, and Exoscale—to offer you a solution for hassle-free application management and operations: gepardec-run, powered by VSHN. This service is designed to change the way you manage and operate your containerized applications, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

The Challenge: Your Applications, Our Expertise

You’ve invested in developing containerized individual software, and the concept of DevOps sounds promising. However, the operational aspect of DevOps can be a daunting task, one that developers often prefer to avoid. The round-the-clock responsibility can be taxing.

gepardec-run, powered by VSHN,  transforms this scenario by providing professional 24/7 technical support for your applications and container platform, all bundled into one package. The best part? You don’t need to be an expert in OpenShift or Kubernetes.

The Hurdles We Help You Overcome

  • 24/7 Application Availability: You must ensure your applications are available 24/7 to keep your operations running smoothly.
  • Lack of Internal Readiness: Your team might not be prepared for the 24/7 cloud operation, and acquiring the necessary expertise can be challenging.
  • Outdated CI/CID Environments: you may have outdated build and deployment environments which make cloud-native development difficult for you.
  • Lack of Knowledge: Navigating the complexities of container platforms can be overwhelming, making it difficult to make the right technology choices.
  • Cloud-Native Technology Landscape: The cloud-native technology landscape is vast and intricate, making it challenging to select the right tools.
  • Resource and Time Demands: Implementing and maintaining CI/CD, platform, and observability can be resource-intensive and time-consuming.

Our Services and Your Benefit: Hassle-Free Application Operation

gepardec-run, powered by VSHN, offers an array of services to tackle these challenges head-on:

  • 24/7 Technical Operation: We take the responsibility of keeping your applications up and running on our Red Hat OpenShift platform, provided by VSHN.
  • Test Environments at your Fingertips: Access pre-configured environments quickly with a few clicks or automatically based on feature branches.
  • DevOps Environment Out-Of-The-Box: we provide a selection of state-of-the-art tools that work together seamlessly.
  • Collaborative DevOps: We join forces with your DEV team to enhance your application operations continually.
  • Predictable Costs: Say goodbye to budget surprises.
  • Compliance: The cooperation between Gepardec, VSHN, and Exoscale provides a reliable and secure data processing platform in the DACH region,

For more information on how gepardec-run can transform your application operations, visit gepardec-run.

We’re excited to embark on this journey with you, making application management simpler, more efficient, and hassle-free. Stay tuned for more updates and insights from Gepardec, VSHN, and Exoscale as we continue to innovate together.

Together, we run your applications, so you don’t have to.

VSHN provides professional 24/7 technical support for your applications and container platform, all bundled into one package. The best part? You don’t need to be an expert in OpenShift or Kubernetes. Trust VSHN to provide the expertise, guidance, and hands-on engineering needed to propel your online business forward. VSHN is committed to building customized full solutions to ensure your business runs reliably around the clock.

Exoscale provides a secure and scalable cloud infrastructure (data center, CPU, RAM, networking, storage) with robust data protection features, ensuring your data and applications are always safe and accessible. Exoscale’s data centers in multiple regions offer low-latency access to your applications and data, no matter where your users are located, ensuring a seamless experience.

Gepardec’s focus is on the development of enterprise-specific software solutions as well as consulting in the areas of cloud, integration, and automation. So that people use better software.

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ISO 27001 Certification Renewed

4. Jul 2023

We’re pleased to report that the Swiss Safety Center just renewed our ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification!

We are convinced that transparency and certified processes improve data security and confidentiality. We are (again!) ISO 27001 certified and work according to the strict FINMA guidelines to ensure the security and confidentiality of client data at all times. Our ISAE 3402 Report Type 2 is also audited by an external organization.

VSHN was the first Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP) in Switzerland, and is now the first Swiss Red Hat Advanced CCSP Partner.

This new ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certificate is valid until October 2025, and you can download it from our Awards & Certifications page.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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VSHNday 2023: Limited support availability on 2023-06-08

25. May 2023

Every year all VSHNeers take a day off from the daily business, to meet and shape the future of VSHN on what we call the “VSHNday.”

VSHNday 2023 will take place on Thursday, June 8th, 2023. For this reason, on that day VSHN will only be available for incident handling. We will keep an eye on incident tickets, and answer the technical support phone number. Our OnCall service is not affected.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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Get the “DevOps in Switzerland 2023” Report

12. May 2023

We are thrilled to announce the fourth edition of our “DevOps in Switzerland” report!

From February to April 2023 we conducted a study to learn how Swiss companies implement and apply DevOps principles.

We compiled the results into a PDF file, and just like in the previous edition, we provided a short summary of our findings in the first pages.

You can get the report here. Enjoy reading and we look forward to your feedback!

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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Meet the Winners of the DevOps Study 2023 Prize Draw!

2. May 2023

With the DevOps in Switzerland Study 2023 we have introduced a raffle. We raffled prizes among every participant of the survey who entered their data and here are the winners:

(1) Digitec / Galaxus voucher value 200 CHF

Winner: Dominik Hartmann

(1) APPUiO Cloud voucher value 200 CHF

Winner: Marcel Baumann

Congratulations to both of you!

We have already notified the two winners and wish them lots of fun with their prizes.

Many thanks to the winners and all other participants of the DevOps Study 2023. We are now working at full speed on the DevOps Report and will publish it again as usual on vshn.ch.

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DevOps in Switzerland Study 2023

15. Feb 2023

Just like in previous years, we would like to know about the current state of DevOps in Switzerland. Our goal with this study is to investigate how you and your company understand DevOps and whether you already work according to DevOps principles. The current state of DevOps, reasons for and against an introduction of the DevOps philosophy, and where the development is headed will be determined. We will compare the results with the ones from last year to be able to draw conclusions and see trends directly.

Survey

The survey is open until April 27th, 2023, and may be shared, forwarded, and retweeted with your peers. It will only take about 5 minutes of your time.

Why should you take part?

Six years after our first check on DevOps in Switzerland, it is time to take a closer look at its current state and adoption in 2023.

We will send each participant an (of course, anonymized) report, “DevOps in Switzerland 2023” upon request, in which we compare this year’s results with those of last year to derive trends and better understand the development of DevOps. Therefore you will be asked for your email address at the end of the survey.

And just like last year, we have a prize draw! If you enter your details at the end, you’ll automatically enter a prize draw for one (1) Digitec / Galaxus voucher of 200 CHF or one (1) APPUiO Cloud voucher worth 200 CHF! We will contact the two winners privately and separately on Friday, April 28th, 2023. The terms and conditions are available.

Help us determine the current state of DevOps in Switzerland! Please take part in our study and tell us about your experience with DevOps and what role DevOps plays in your business.

We are already very excited to learn about results and trends. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Markus Speth

Markus is VSHN's CEO and one of the General Managers.

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VSHN year in review 2022

27. Jan 2023

Just like in 2021202020192018, and 2017, here is our review of all the things that happened in and around VSHN during 2022.

It’s time to take a look back at the year 2022 and reflect on the events and developments that have shaped the world. It’s been a year of incredible change, an ongoing pandemic, climate crisis and of course a terrible war in Europe resulting in an energy crisis not seen before and ongoing economic uncertainty.

The past year was marked by the war in Ukraine, causing significant geopolitical and economic uncertainty, as well as the fear of a potential economic recession. Layoffs in big tech companies also became a reality and affected many professionals in the industry. We saw companies laying off thousands of people which would have been unthinkable only a year ago.

But we also saw the rise of AI with Dall-E mini and ChatGPT as actual first real-world examples of what AI or ML are capable of. We also saw an ongoing accelerated shift to cloud-based solutions, and we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of companies moving their infrastructure and applications to the cloud.

All in all, it’s been a year of rapid change and challenges. We’re excited to see what the future holds, but also aware of the need to be prepared for the unforeseen. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with our customers and partners to help them navigate the rapidly evolving technology landscape and achieve their goals.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you in 2023.

Enjoy reading our Year in Review 2023.

Thanks and to a great 2023!

Your VSHNeers

VSHN achievements in 2022

We achieved quite a lot in 2022: we’re undergoing the biggest re-teaming in VSHN’s history which will align our teams towards value streams, we become the first Red Hat Premier CCSP Partner in Switzerland, we were named kununu Top Company 2022 as employer, we again improved our ranking in the Computerworld Top 500 2022 and last but not least opened our Vancouver, Canada offices. The idea behind this is a “follow the sun strategy” to make use of different timezones in order to reduce night shifts for our VSHNeers here in Switzerland. As another great initiative, we supported Hackathon for Accessible Technologies 2022 together with our friends at Red Hat and we published the DevOps in Switzerland 2022 report.

In terms of home office vs. office, we have a strong new addition to actually go to the office. It’s called VSHNtower and it’s our newest office space in Neugasse 6 on the top floor. Check out yourself and join us for a coffee or beer there. 🙂

Our open employee handbook grew quite a lot since we started it and we received very positive feedback. There are even companies and friends of VSHN using parts of it for themselves and also for people interested in joining VSHN, it’s a great help before your first interview and to get some insights on how we work as an organization.

VSHN strategy & product focus

After agreeing on our Key Drivers and Key Deliverables, we figured out that we as VSHN want to focus even more on Cloud Native Software and want to become the trusted Service Provider for companies that need to run software and be the best partner for Software Developers and System Engineers to help them in their daily tasks. We have also set our Company Focus for 2023 to guide us in this process.

Our Kubernetes First Strategy is well on the way and lots of initiatives have been kickstarted recently. One of the already visible products are APPUiO Cloud and AppCat (ApplicationCatalog) and VSHN AppFlow and VSHN AppOps will become the new cornerstone of VSHN.

New products APPUiO Cloud & VSHN AppCat

APPUiO Cloud is our Namespace-as-a-Service offering based on Red Hat OpenShift 4, check out our behind the scenes blog post. In particular, Project Syn enabled the automation of many different tasks in APPUiO Cloud. And of course it is all 100% Open Source, as is the APPUiO Cloud Commodore Component.

News about APPUiO Cloud & AppCat

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/bonjour-geneve-je-mappelle-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/appuio-cloud-billing/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/about-the-appuio-cloud-api/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/behind-the-scenes-at-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/vertical-pod-autoscaler-on-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/vshn-hackday-tailscale-on-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/announcing-appcat-on-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/creating-a-product-through-devops-the-story-of-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/choose-between-performance-or-lower-cost-with-node-classes-on-appuio-cloud/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/openshift-4-11-and-user-workload-monitoring/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/announcing-dbaas-by-exoscale-on-appcat/

VSHN AppOps and AppFlow

VSHN AppFlow and VSHN AppOps will be the new cornerstone of VSHN together with VSHN AppCat and the existing and already well-know APPUiO product suite. You can see a first outlook in our Product Portfolio.

All of this implies a certain change in our organization and team structure. With this move, we want to focus even more on running our customers’ applications and organize VSHN’s different business units to deliver value end-to-end most effectively. In doing so, our main goal will be to have as few dependencies as possible between our teams and to find the best way to further develop the required expertise in all areas of VSHN, both for our customers and for the continuous personal development of our VSHNeers.

We also improved our product docs and want to get even better in documenting for our customers and partners.

Are you interested in VSHN AppOps and AppFlow? Please contact us, we’re happy to discuss your needs.

Kubernetes, OpenShift & tech

Other interesting VSHN blog posts from 2022:

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/thriving-in-a-zeitgeist-market/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/serverless-on-kubernetes-knative/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/agent-less-gitlab-integration-with-openshift/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/how-to-restrict-container-registries-per-namespace-with-kyverno/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/keeping-things-up-to-date-with-renovate/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/most-interesting-new-features-of-openshift-4-11/

https://www.vshn.ch/en/blog/stay-ahead-of-the-game-with-kubernetes/

Thanks for reading our Year in Review 2022 and all the best!

Markus Speth

Markus is VSHN's CEO and one of the General Managers.

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Opening hours Christmas 2022 and New Year

19. Dec 2022

Dear customers and partners

We are happy to inform you about our opening hours during Christmas 2022 and New Year. Of course, we will also ensure smooth platform operation over the holidays this year.

We are available for you the next 2 weeks as follows:

  • Dec 26 2022: holiday
  • Dec 27 – 30 2022: 9.00am to 6.00pm
  • Jan 2 2023: holiday
  • Jan 3 – 6 2023: 9.00am to 6.00pm

Of course, our customers with 24/7 Support Plan Priority also enjoy our support day and night on Christmas and New Year in case of emergency.

VSHN AG and all VSHNeers wish everyone a wonderful, reflective and successful holiday season! See you soon and already now a great new year 2023!

Markus Speth

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VSHN is Red Hat Premier CCSP Partner in Switzerland

23. Nov 2022

Zurich, 22.11.22 VSHN is Red Hat Premier CCSP Partner in Switzerland.

VSHN is very pleased to announce that we have been named a Red Hat Premier Business Partner in Switzerland as part of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) program. This provides customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) with greater confidence in building their next-generation IT projects with Red Hat solutions. As a Red Hat Premier Business Partner, VSHN has demonstrated that we are a competent business partner with a significant focus on Red Hat-related projects. Red Hat Premier Business Partners are well trained and committed to working closely with Red Hat on business opportunities.

This recognition of VSHN as a Red Hat Premier Business Partner within the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program underscores its close collaboration with Red Hat and its partner ecosystem to provide impactful solutions and cloud services to organizations in the region.

Red Hat OpenShift helps support VSHN’s Kubernetes First Strategy and product portfolio. With VSHN AppOps, VSHN offers a best-matching hosting environment for applications by combining VSHN expertise and best practices with products like VSHN AppFlow, APPUiO Managed, APPUiO Cloud and services from the VSHN Application Catalog. With APPUiO Cloud, VSHN offers a first instant on, pay per use, self service and multi cloud product that follows the approach of Namespace-as-a-Service based on Red Hat OpenShift. APPUiO Cloud provides instant access to a shared, fully-managed, ready to use Red Hat OpenShift clusters in just a few minutes, so customers can more easily bring ideas into production by focusing on applications rather than setting up or managing clusters. APPUiO Cloud is designed for Cloud Native App Development, MVP, DevOps & CI/CD Pipelines, Machine Learning, Production App Hosting, Mobile App Backends and much more. Customers can try APPUiO Cloud for free and find more details are available here.

Cloud provider models have expanded beyond multi-tenant public clouds to include private cloud build-outs, Linux container-based infrastructure and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, and the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program was created to offer additional flexibility to help solution providers better meet customer needs for cloud-based Red Hat technologies. By using a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, customers and partners using custom-developed or third-party ISV applications certified to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Red Hat solutions can have greater confidence that these applications will function as expected when using them on a public cloud or managed service provider.

Red Hat’s Certified Cloud and Service Provider designation is awarded to Red Hat partners following validation by Red Hat. Each provider must meet testing and certification requirements to demonstrate that they can deliver a scalable, supported and consistent environment with strong security features designed for enterprise cloud deployments. The globally-unified program provides customers, ISVs, and partners with the confidence that Red Hat product experts have validated a given solution so that implementations can begin with a solid foundation.

Supporting Quotes

Sandhya Prabhu, senior manager, Partner Ecosystem, Switzerland, Red Hat

“Red Hat’s partner ecosystem is a vital component in delivering powerful, flexible and open solutions to global enterprises. We’re pleased to work with VSHN as a Red Hat Premier Business Partner  to offer customers and developers broad choice in the cloud and better enable users to build and deploy cloud-native applications.”

Markus Speth, CEO, VSHN – The DevOps Company

“We are very excited to announce that VSHN is one of the first Red Hat Premier Business Partners within the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program in Switzerland. On a worldwide scale, this puts us among a select group of Red Hat Premier Business Partners. With this recognition, VSHN demonstrates our strong collaboration with Red Hat and the Red Hat ecosystem to provide cloud solutions and services to our customers to make their lives easier.

 Of course, we also would like to thank all our VSHNeers who helped us to achieve this new recognition through various certifications, accreditations and continued belief in Red Hat. We are looking forward to continuing our successful collaboration with Red Hat.”

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About VSHN

VSHN is Switzerland’s leading partner for DevOps, Container & Kubernetes. VSHN (pronounced like “vision”) was founded with the intention to fundamentally shake up the hosting market. As a lean startup, we have focused on operating IT platforms through automation, agility and a continuous improvement process. Completely location-independent and without own hardware, we operate extensive applications according to the DevOps principle agile and 24/7 on every infrastructure, so that software developers can concentrate on their business and IT operations are relieved.

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VSHNday 2022: Limited support availability on 2022-11-30

15. Nov 2022

Every year all VSHNeers take a day off from the daily business, to meet and shape the future of VSHN on what we call the “VSHNday.”

VSHNday 2022 will take place on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022. For this reason, on that day VSHN will only be available for incident handling. We will keep an eye on incident tickets, and answer the technical support phone number. Our OnCall service is not affected.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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VSHN is Top Company 2022!

25. Aug 2022

We have been awarded the kununu Top Company 2022 seal, placing us among the top 5% of the most popular companies on kununu. 

This puts us among very few companies that meet all applicable requirements to receive this great award. A big thank you to all our VSHNeers for their honest comments and reviews.

What makes this award special is the fact that it is awarded on the basis of employee reviews and ratings on the company profile. The data-based and independent awarding of the seal ensures an authentic assessment of the company.

Our company embraces openness and transparency, has a flat hierarchy and is organized in Domains for which self-organized Teams are accountable for. This concept comes from Sociocracy 3.0 (S3) which isn’t an organization form nor a model, it’s a collection of principles and patterns we adapt to our needs where useful.

VSHN’s transparent and appreciative corporate culture, an agile organization and the opportunity to shape one’s work in a self-determined manner are, in our view, the basic prerequisites for this. If you want to learn more, have a look at our completely open and publicly available employee handbook. and our employee benefits.

kununu is Europe’s leading platform for employer reviews. The criteria for awarding the “Top Company” seal have been redefined and the criteria tightened in 2021 so that companies have to meet even higher and additional requirements than with the old seals. According to a survey by the consulting firm Employer Telling, kununu’s “Top Company” seal is the best-known employer seal among job seekers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since 2015, kununu has been awarding a seal of approval to companies that are rated particularly well by employees.

We are very proud and happy that VSHN is Top Company 2022!
If you would like to join our team and also become a VSHNeer, go to our careers page.

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VSHN Company Update 2022

23. Aug 2022

It’s about time to give all of you a short update on what we at VSHN are working on and where we want to lay our focus in the coming months.

Our open employee handbook grew quite a lot since we started it and we received very positive feedback. There are even companies and friends of VSHN using parts of it for themselves and also for people interested in joining VSHN, it’s a great help before your first interview and to get some insights on how we work as an organization.

At that point, we want to thank every VSHNeer for their contribution to our handbook.

VSHN Canada

After our initial VSHN goes to Canada video and quite a delay due to the pandemic, we are happy to announce that VSHN is finally present in Vancouver, Canada.

The idea behind this is a “follow the sun strategy” to make use of different timezones in order to reduce night shifts for our VSHNeers here in Switzerland.

Matthias Indermühle will lead VSHN Canada and together with Tobias Nehrlich and Sandro Kaspar, 3 experienced VSHNeers will be located in Vancouver in the next months to start operations and hiring there.

VSHN Canada became a reality – check out our Blog Post and our handbook section about it.

VSHN Management and Board

The VSHN board has appointed Marco Fretz as additional General Manager. The VSHN management now consists of 3 General Managers (“Geschäftsführer”), namely Marco Fretz (COO), Tobias Brunner (CTO) and Markus Speth (CEO), as well as Matthias Indermühle as Member of the Management of VSHN AG in Switzerland and CEO of VSHN Canada. Formerly, Tobias and Markus shared the CEO role as Co-CEOs, but Tobias wants to focus again more on technical aspects while Markus will focus on the exterior, if you want to know more details how the VSHN management is organized, visit this handbook page. We believe that with this setup, we have the force and experience needed to take VSHN to the next level.

The VSHN board has also appointed an additional board member with Till Bay, CEO of Comerge, an experienced entrepreneur and long time customer of VSHN to strengthen our outside view. The VSHN board now consists of Till Bay, Aarno Aukia, Patrick Mathers and Bruce Mathers as Chairman of the Board.

Kubernetes First Strategy and APPUiO Cloud

Our Kubernetes First Strategy is well on the way and lots of initiatives have been kickstarted recently. One of the already visible products is APPUiO Cloud.

APPUiO Cloud is our Namespace-as-a-Service offering based on Red Hat OpenShift 4, check out our behind the scenes blog post.

APPUiO Cloud has been possible thanks to the incredible experience of the VSHN team and to their investment in tooling.

In particular, Project Syn enabled the automation of many different tasks in APPUiO Cloud. And of course it is all 100% Open Source, as is the APPUiO Cloud Commodore Component.

We also improved our product docs and want to get even better in documenting for our customers and partners.

Outlook: VSHN AppOps and AppFlow

After agreeing on our Key Drivers and Key Deliverables, we figured out that we as VSHN want to focus even more on Cloud Native Software and want to become the trusted Service Provider for companies that need to run software and the best partner for Software Developers and System Engineers to help them in their daily tasks.

You can see a first outlook in our Product Portfolio, namely VSHN AppFlow and VSHN AppOps will be the new cornerstone of VSHN together with VSHN AppCat and the existing and already well-know APPUiO product suite.

All of this implies a certain change in our organization and team structure, which will follow in the coming months. With this move, we want to focus even more on running our customers’ applications and organize VSHN’s different business units to deliver value end-to-end most effectively. In doing so, our main goal will be to have as few dependencies as possible between our teams and to find the best way to further develop the required expertise in all areas of VSHN, both for our customers and for the continuous personal development of our VSHNeers.

VSHNtower offices in Zurich

In terms of home office vs. office, we have a strong new addition to actually go to the office. It’s called VSHNtower and it’s our newest office space in Neugasse 6 on the top floor.

It used to be Kuoni’s (the travel company) executive board room and we now use it as common room, for events, meetups or to just have a beautiful view over our home town, Zurich.

Check out yourself and join us for a coffee or beer there. 🙂

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Get the “DevOps in Switzerland 2022” Report

25. May 2022

We are thrilled to announce the third edition of our “DevOps in Switzerland” report!

From January to March 2022 we conducted a study to learn how Swiss companies implement and apply DevOps principles.

We compiled the results into a PDF file (only available in English), and just like in the previous edition, we provided a short summary of our findings in the first pages.

You can get the report on our website. Enjoy reading and we look forward to your feedback!

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Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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The winners of the DevOps Study 2022 have been determined

8. Apr 2022

With the DevOps in Switzerland Study 2022 we have introduced a raffle. We raffled prizes among every participant of the survey who entered their data and here are the winners:

(1) Digitec / Galaxus voucher value 200 CHF

Winner: Tobias Läderach

(1) APPUiO Cloud voucher value 200 CHF

Winner: Marco Lucarelli

Congratulations to both of you!

We have already notified the two winners and wish them lots of fun with their prizes.

Many thanks to the winners and all other participants of the DevOps Study 2022. We are now working at full speed on the DevOps Report and will publish it again as usual on vshn.ch.

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VSHN year in review 2021

27. Jan 2022

Just like in 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017, here is our review of all the things that happened in VSHN during 2021!

We would like to start by thanking all of our VSHNeers for their hard work and support during the complicated times of last year, the second of a global pandemic that has had a deep impact in our transformation into a full remote organization, at least for the time being. And we would like to extend this big thank you to our partners, who have trusted us with their applications and infrastructure to keep them working 24/7 during these same complicated times.

Let’s begin our review!

Big News

We started 2021, the year of our 7th anniversary, with big news: Tobias Brunner and Markus Speth assumed the role of co-CEOs, and as part of their new leadership, they announced our Kubernetes-First Strategy, setting VSHN at the forefront of the Cloud Native industry.

We published our yearly DevOps in Switzerland study – you can download it here: DevOps Report 2021. (and you can take part in the DevOps in Switzerland Study 2022 if you can spare 5 mins).

And to celebrate, we inaugurated a new, faster and more modern website in February!

New VSHNeers

In 2021, a record 13 new members joined our team, for a total of almost 50 VSHNeers; in order of arrival, they are: Adrian, Stephan, Sören, Virag, Fabian, Łukasz, Raphael, Ramón, Sebastian, Kathryn, Andrew, Robin, and Dawn. We are thrilled to have you on board!

Business Highlights

One of the most important business highlights of 2021 was our success in the OCRE tender, with which VSHN and Exoscale became selected cloud providers in the catalog for European universities and research institutions. We hosted a webinar for Restena.lu highlighting the major aspects of our collaboration with Exoscale, and another one about Quantum Computing together with ParityQC.

Another very important milestone was the successful completion of our ISAE 3402 Report Type 2, early this year.

Partnerships

2021 was a fruitful year in collaborations with our partners, old and new. Take a look!

Isovalent

We were thrilled to announce a partnership with Isovalent, the company behind Cilium, the Enterprise-class eBPF-powered Networking, Observability, and Security software, which was contributed to the CNCF as an incubation-level project in 2021.

SUSE

Following SUSE’s acquisition of Rancher in 2020 we have expanded our collaboration with them, and we produced together a series of webinars about The Rancher Advantage; an Introduction to Rancher and Kubernetes; and the most popular of them all, a Practical Introduction to K3s and are offering the Kubernetes Management For Dummies guide.

Red Hat

Following our great collaboration, Richard Zobrist, back then Head of Partners & Alliances Switzerland, now Country Manager Switzerland at Red Hat, published a very interesting guest post in our blog: The 5 Most Persistent Myths about Container Technologies.

F5 / NGINX

Together with F5, the company behind the NGINX suite of products, we hosted the second and third Zürich NGINX meetups, as well as a webinar about Integrating NGINX App Protect into DevOps Workflows with Git.

GitLab

Following GitLab’s ascendant success journey, as they join the stock market in New York City, we hosted our first and second GitLab Switzerland Meetups with great interest from the community.

Ergon / Airlock

Together with our friends at Ergon, we hosted a successful webinar with an Introduction to Airlock Microgateway 2.1 and published two interesting white papers: Toward DevSecOps and Zero Trust is a journey

bespinian

We co-organized a GitOps Webinar Series together with our friends of bespinian: Part 1: Git, The Important Parts; Part 2: Infrastructure As Code; and Part 3: GitOps.

Crossplane

We are very glad to continue our collaboration with Crossplane, particularly as we continue our work on Project Syn.

On the Press

This year we were interviewed quite a few times in the specialist IT press: for example, Patrick Mathers was interviewed by startup.info; we made up places in this year’s edition of the ComputerWorld Top 500, ranking now in the 384th place this year; we are a Top Ten Open Source contributor according to various benchmarks; and finally we were interviewed in the French-speaking Cominmag podcast!

APPUiO

What a year for APPUiO 2021 was! Not only did we celebrate the first 5 years of our favorite container platform including an awesome video, we also announced the availability of APPUiO Cloud, our new Swiss-based NaaS (“Namespace as a Service”) based on OpenShift 4.

K8up

We couldn’t feel more proud and happier than seeing K8up, our Kubernetes backup operator, first maturing into version 1.0… and then joining the ranks of the CNCF as a sandbox project! Our journey with the CNCF began when we became members and we plan on continuing our great collaboration with them.

Project Syn

Have you seen the new Commodore Components Hub? As we continue our work on Project Syn, we found out that many others in the open source community were creating Commodore components, and we created a portal to show them all. Check it out!

VSHN HackDays

Speaking about the Commodore Components Hub, did you know that it is a direct product of the new VSHN HackDays initiative? Twice last year, during two days each in June and October, VSHNeers brainstormed and brought new ideas to life. Lots of innovations were born during those days, and we plan on hosting more of these HackDays in 2022!

Technical Blog Posts

Our VSHNeers have been busy at work and and writing about it; here’s a list of blog posts written by them about the various things we do in our day-to-day activities:

Events

The pandemic didn’t stop us from appearing in various events and conferences all over the world, and even organizing our own! Here’s a quick summary of the most important ones.

Conferences

Cloud Native Computing Switzerland Meetup

We also organized and recorded three official CNC meetups this year:

Webinars

We organized plenty of webinars! For example, The State of DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure in 2021, an Introduction to Crossplane at VSHN, and much more, all available at our YouTube channel: VSHN.tv – subscribe, like and share!

Life at VSHN

But VSHN is much more than just technical news! Take a look at various blog posts showing our interests and expertise in various other fields:

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DevOps in Switzerland Study 2022

20. Jan 2022

Are Swiss companies DevOps ready?

We want to determine again the current state of DevOps. Our goal with this study is to investigate how you and your company understand DevOps and whether you already work according to DevOps principles. The current state of DevOps, reasons for and against an introduction of the DevOps philosophy and where the development is headed will be determined. We will compare the results with the ones from last year to be able to draw conclusions and see trends directly.

Survey

The survey is open until March 31st, 2022 and may of course be shared, forwarded and retweeted with others. We shortened the survey compared to last year – you should only need about 5 minutes. Click here for the survey and enjoy! DevOps 2022 Survey.

Why should you take part?

Five years after our first check on DevOps in Switzerland, it is time to take a closer look at the current state and the adoption of DevOps in 2022. Therefore, we are conducting a study on the state of DevOps in Switzerland.

We will send each survey participant a (of course anonymised) report ‘DevOps in Switzerland’ upon request, in which we compare this year’s results with those of last year, in order to be able to derive trends and better understand the development of DevOps. Therefore you will be asked for your email address at the end of the survey.

And this year we have a prize draw! If you enter your personal details at the end, you’ll automatically enter a prize draw for one (1) Digitec / Galaxus voucher of 200 CHF or one (1) APPUiO Cloud voucher worth 200 CHF! We will contact the two winners privately and separately on Friday, April 1st, 2022 (no April Fools’ Day joke, pretty promise!) The terms and conditions are available.

Help us determine the current state of DevOps in Switzerland!

What is DevOps?

DevOps is not a rigid term and is often understood differently. By hiring a DevOps Engineer, a company does not automatically become a DevOps organization. DevOps is also not to be equated with the use of certain tools or software. DevOps cannot be “bought” and DevOps is not a detached team within the organization. The cultural aspect should also not be underestimated – the corporate culture is the most important reason for a functioning DevOps organization.

The idea behind DevOps is that people work together in harmony and use processes and techniques to continuously benefit the end customer.

If you would like to learn more about DevOps, take a look at our Netzwoche article „DevOps in der Praxis“DevOps & Cloud Computing or have a look at vshn.ch/devops.

Our understanding of DevOps

DevOps is a common term, but unfortunately as vague as ‘Cloud’: Although everyone knows that he wants it or needs it and yet it is not something that you can just order and get delivered the next day.

Our understanding of DevOps is the interdisciplinary collaboration between developers and operations of software in order to use applications quickly and systematically. Our article “What is DevOps – what does VSHN do?” explains our understanding of DevOps.

What do you think of DevOps? How do you apply DevOps in your company?

Take part in our study and tell us about your experience with DevOps and what role DevOps plays in your business.

We are already very excited about the results and especially the trends compared to 2021. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Markus Speth

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