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AppCat Now Standard on All APPUiO Managed OpenShift Clusters on Exoscale

27. Feb 2024

We’re excited to bring you a feature that has long been requested by our users. AppCat, the powerful application catalog and service marketplace, will now be included by default on all APPUiO Managed OpenShift clusters hosted on Exoscale.

This means that you can seamlessly access and utilize AppCat services without the need for any additional installations or configurations. With AppCat readily available on your APPUiO Managed OpenShift clusters, you can accelerate your application deployment, scale your services, and streamline your workflow without any friction.

Elevating Accessibility

Our aim has always been to make AppCat more accessible to our customers. While the services offered by AppCat have been available through the CLI and the OpenShift console, we recognized the need to simplify the process. Now, with AppCat pre-installed, you can access it with ease, reducing the time and effort required to get started.

Whether you are a seasoned developer or just starting your journey with OpenShift, this enhancement will help you out. It eliminates the barriers and complexities, ensuring that you can fully harness the power of AppCat right from the moment you start using APPUiO.

How to Get Started

Getting started with AppCat on APPUiO is easy. For existing users, you’ll find the catalog readily available on your OpenShift clusters hosted on Exoscale. If you’re new to APPUiO or AppCat, our Getting Started Guide provides a comprehensive walkthrough to help you explore the world of AppCat and get the most out of its services.

We’re excited about the possibilities this feature unlocks for you and look forward to your feedback as you explore its benefits.

Try it Today!

Experience the enhanced accessibility and convenience of AppCat on APPUiO Managed OpenShift clusters on Exoscale. If you have any questions or need assistance, our team is here to help.

Annie Talvasto

Annie Talvasto is Marketing and Public Relations Lead at VSHN.

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VSHN: a Pioneering Crossplane Partner

30. Jan 2024

Exciting news for our team and the Crossplane community! We’re thrilled to announce that VSHN is now one of the two official partners of Crossplane, as recognized on their community page, and the only one in EMEA.

Crossplane is an open-source project that has been transforming the way we think about cloud-native computing. It’s not just a tool; it’s a whole new approach to managing cloud resources, with a focus on infrastructure as code and Kubernetes.

Here at VSHN, we’ve been early adopters and advocates of Crossplane. Our journey with Crossplane has been incredible, filled with challenges, learning, and a lot of successes. Our team’s expertise in handling Crossplane in live environments has been acknowledged, and we’re proud to be a part of this vibrant community.

In particular, we are fond Crossplane users for our AppCat product, with which our customers can self-service themselves with databases, message brokers, and storage buckets. For one of our private customers in the telecommunications sector, we run and manage 1500 database clusters with Crossplane.

This partnership is not just a milestone for us but a testament to our commitment to the Crossplane project and the broader cloud-native ecosystem. We’re excited to continue contributing our knowledge and experience to help the Crossplane community grow.

As we embrace this new chapter, we’re looking forward to more collaborations, innovations, and of course, to help you take advantage of Crossplane for your own deployments and applications.

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Celebrating Collaboration and Innovation: VSHN at Red Hat Summit Connect Zurich 2024

29. Jan 2024

January 17th, 2024, was a remarkable day in the bustling city of Zurich, as it hosted the Red Hat Summit Connect Zürich 2024. VSHN AG, staying true to its commitment to fostering partnerships in the Cloud Native world, proudly participated as one of the Silver sponsors of this prestigious event.

The Red Hat Summit Connect in Zurich brought together enthusiasts, experts, and pioneers in the field of cloud computing and open-source technology. At VSHN, we understand the importance of such collaborations, and our participation in this event underscores our dedication to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. Partnering with Red Hat, a trailblazer in the industry, aligns perfectly with our ethos of embracing cutting-edge solutions for our clients.

The event was a melting pot of ideas and innovations, showcasing the latest trends and advancements in cloud technology. As a company passionate about Cloud Native, we at VSHN were excited to be part of an event that not only celebrates technological achievements but also looks forward to the future of the industry.

To share the essence of this event with our community, we have published a short video on our YouTube channel. This video captures the energy, the atmosphere, and the key announcements of the Summit. We invite you to experience the event through our lens, to feel the vibe, and to understand the impact of such gatherings in shaping the future of cloud computing.

We believe in the power of community and the strength of partnerships. Participating in the Red Hat Summit Connect was not just an opportunity for us to showcase our solutions but also a chance to learn, to connect, and to grow. As we continue our journey in the dynamic world of Cloud Native computing, we carry with us the insights and inspirations from this event, ready to implement and share them with our clients and partners.

And we’re also happy to be part of the Red Hat One event starting today in Vienna!

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A New Step on our Long Relationship with the CNCF

5. Dec 2023

VSHN has a long commitment to the values and mission of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. This relationship stretches almost a decade back, and has had a few major milestones.

Today, we are pleased (and thrilled!) to report that our co-founder and CTO, Tobias Brunner, has been selected by the conference co-chairs as a Program Committee Member for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2024 in the “Platform Engineering” track! As part of this new role, Tobias will be responsible for selecting the talks of the track, and coordinating with the event organizers.

We look forward to meeting you in Paris in March for a new edition of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe, and in particular, at the Platform Engineering track. See you there!

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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VSHN climbs 14 positions in the Computerworld 500 ranking in 2023!

20. Sep 2023

We’re delighted to discover that VSHN has once again improved its position on the Computerworld 500 Ranking. This list showcases the biggest IT companies in Switzerland since 1997.

This year, we’ve climbed from the 378th to the 364th position.

Get your copy of the 2023 Computerworld 500 ranking now!

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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.

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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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Computerworld Top 500 2022: VSHN improves ranking

6. Sep 2022

In this year’s Top 500 of the strongest ICT companies in Switzerland, Computerworld again examines the Swiss IT industry, analyzes sales and developments, and provides a great deal of background information.

VSHN climbs on place 378

Once again, we made up places in this year’s edition of the Top 500. VSHN occupies the 378th place in the ranking this year. We are of course very happy about the renewed rise.

The Computerworld Top 500 has long since become the industry’s standard reference work, publishing the list of the 500 ICT companies with the highest revenues in Switzerland since 1997.


The Computerworld Top 500 is now available.

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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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Kubernetes-First Strategy Update

27. Jun 2022

Last year we announced our Kubernetes First Strategy, whereby we committed ourselves fully to developing solutions built around and upon Kubernetes and the whole spectrum of Cloud Native technologies. Since then, we have increased our investment in the Cloud Native ecosystem to an unprecedented level, surpassing the expectations of our customers and partners, positioning ourselves as the undisputable leader in the Swiss and DACH Kubernetes market.

APPUiO Cloud

Last year we announced APPUiO Cloud, a new platform built upon the strength and stability of the most comprehensive, secure, and complete Kubernetes-based application platform available today: Red Hat OpenShift 4. We released our first APPUiO Cloud region on cloudscale.ch in Kanton Aargau. Following customer demand, we quickly opened up a second APPUiO Cloud region on Exoscale, located in the Canton de Genève.

APPUiO Cloud is our entry-level product, a perfect fit for small agencies, ISVs, consultants, and agile teams looking for a ready-to-use OpenShift cluster, available within minutes, offering security, performance, and a pay-per-use model. Thanks to our strategic partnership with Isovalent and our choice of Cilium as the Cloud Native networking technology of choice for APPUiO Cloud, our roadmap looks brighter than ever, enabling future advanced networking features like APPUiO Cloud Multi-Zone Networking.

Visible Results

Our strategy has already brought tangible results. For example, we were thrilled to learn that the CNCF had selected our K8up backup operator as a sandbox project, placing a tremendous responsibility on our shoulders and validating our strategy in the Cloud Native market. We look forward to further developing K8up into the standard choice for Kubernetes backups in the future.

Continuing our work with Project Syn, our popular GitOps-based Kubernetes management toolkit, we released the Commodore Components Hub. It consists of a growing catalog of 72 components (at the time of this writing) also featuring third-party contributions and showing the strength of the Project Syn ecosystem.

And the market has spoken; once again, VSHN has increased its ranking in the Computerworld Top 500 Ranking of Swiss ICT companies, but we have also been named a Top Ten Open Source Contributor.

We see that Kubernetes is getting a broader adoption every single day and we want our customers to benefit from it through our Kubernetes-First strategy.

Markus Speth, Co-CEO VSHN and CMO

One example where our Kubernetes-First strategy shines was how quick we were able to implement the APPUiO Cloud API, which is fully based on the Kubernetes API. I see the Kubernetes API being used for more and more automation tasks, and so will we use the Kubernetes API more and more.

Tobias Brunner, Co-CEO VSHN and Product Owner.

Our commitment to Kubernetes remains strong and decisive for our future. We look forward to working with our partners to empower Switzerland’s Open Source and Cloud-Native ecosystems and strengthen Switzerland’s position as a world-class innovation hub.

About VSHN – The DevOps Company

VSHN is Switzerland’s leading partner for DevOps, Container & Kubernetes. VSHN (pronounced like “vision”) was founded to fundamentally shake up the hosting market. As a lean startup, we have focused on operating applications through automation, agility, and a continuous improvement process. Completely location-independent and without its 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.

VSHN Quick Facts

  • 49 employees
  • 350 partners
  • Operating in 16 clouds
  • Founded 2014
  • 100% self-owned
  • Winner Digital Economy Award 2019

VSHN is the link between business, software development, and IT operations. VSHN supports software developers in making applications automatically testable, deployable and scalable and operating them on any infrastructure. In addition to close and agile cooperation and consulting, we also take over responsibility for the stability of our services, including 24/7 support.

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Bonjour, Genève! Je m’appelle APPUiO Cloud

2. Feb 2022

We’re thrilled to announce the general availability of the second zone of APPUiO Cloud: Exoscale – CH-GVA-2 0, located in the Canton de Genève and running on Exoscale! See the official announcement.

This zone joins the LPG 2 zone, located in Kanton Aargau and running on cloudscale.ch, already available in production since December 1st, 2021.

APPUiO Cloud is the heir to and a complete overhaul of our successful APPUiO Public PaaS (Platform as a Service) product in service since 2016.

APPUiO Cloud offers a complete yet simple “Namespace as a Service (NSaaS)” product, in a shared infrastructure.

APPUiO Cloud has the following features:

  • Available in different Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers, allowing for true multi-cloud deployments.
  • Only pay for what you actually use.
  • Simple sign-in: create an account, enter your credit card details, and your access will be ready to use immediately.
  • Full self-service, all through the Kubernetes API.
  • Collaboration features included: create an organization, subdivide it in teams, and invite your developers to one or many projects.
  • Single sign-on to all APPUiO Cloud services, protected with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

Who is it for?

APPUiO Cloud is perfect for:

  • Cloud Native App Development
  • Minimum Viable Products
  • Machine Learning
  • Production app hosting
  • Mobile app back-ends
  • Education
  • Technology demos and previews
  • Resellers

Parlez-vous Technologie?

More information for a technically-savvy audience:

  • Based on the latest Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4 release.
  • Powered by Project Syn.
  • Persistent Storage courtesy of Rook, in both RWO and RWX modes.
  • Backups powered by K8up, VSHN’s own Kubernetes Backup Operator and now a Cloud Native Computing Foundation sandbox project!

Interested?

Would you like to know more about APPUiO Cloud?

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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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Partnership VSHN & Isovalent

21. Dec 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we agreed on a partnership with Isovalent. Isovalent created Cilium, the Enterprise-class eBPF-powered Networking, Observability, and Security software, which was contributed to the CNCF as an incubation-level project in 2021.

Who is Isovalent?

Isovalent builds open-source cloud-native networking software that solves networking, security, and observability for modern infrastructure. Isovalent Cilium Enterprise is the Enterprise Distribution maintained by the creators of Cilium & eBPF. We’re especially proud that one of the founders of Isovalent and lead developer of Cilium and eBPF has his home in Switzerland. Besides the US, the second headquarter of Isovalent is in Switzerland.

What is Cilium and eBPF?

Cilium is an Open Source software for enabling, securing, and observing network connectivity between container workloads in cloud native apps. It is fueled by eBPF, the revolutionary Linux Kernel technology. eBPF allows sandboxed programs to run in Kernel space. It is used to safely and efficiently extend the capabilities of the Kernel without requiring to change kernel source code or load kernel modules. This allows for fast and secure innovation.

Why VSHN and Isovalent?

Isovalent provides VSHN and its Container Platform APPUiO with expert support for stable operations, supported by the use of the hardened and Red Hat OpenShift-certified distribution of Cilium. This support is provided by the same developers who wrote Cilium, with a 30-minute response time; hotfixes for high priority incidents; and a regular, proactive review of customer metrics to identify potential concerns as soon as possible. All of these features makes Isovalent a premium partner for VSHN and APPUiO in this new phase.

Why VSHN and Cilium?

Cilium is a critical piece of the new APPUiO Cloud. It allows us to:

  • Provide advanced networking configurations, to help secure the multi-tenant environment.
  • Bring observability into the network layer, which would be otherwise hard (or downright impossible) because of the restricted nature of APPUiO Cloud.
  • Enhance network policies, with way more possibilities than those offered by Kubernetes or even OpenShift.
  • Implement Kubernetes LoadBalancer services with BGP, which makes it possible to offer this service on cloudscale.ch.
  • Future proofing our network technology, and to prepare for scalable cluster networking.
  • Prepare for more advanced security features, like syscall blocking, Service Mesh , and more.
  • Prepare for future advanced networking features, like APPUiO Cloud Multi-Zone Networking.

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K8up Accepted for CNCF Project Onboarding

19. Nov 2021

Update: k8up is now officially a CNCF sandbox project!

We are thrilled and honored to announce that K8up, the Kubernetes backup operator created by VSHN, has entered the CNCF Project Onboarding process!

We will now work together with the CNCF to complete the onboarding process, providing all the required information geared towards the transfer of the project stewardship to the CNCF.

During this phase, we at VSHN will continue our work, improving K8up with new features and possibilities. The GitHub project is the primary support for this work, and you’re very welcome to check our getting started guide and learn more about K8up.

Thanks to the CNCF for their vote of confidence in K8up! We know this project will be a great addition to the ever-growing world of Cloud Native projects, and we look forward to its future!

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Computerworld Top 500 Swiss ICT companies 2021

5. Oct 2021

The Computerworld Top 500 of the strongest ICT companies in Switzerland celebrates its anniversary in 2021 with the 25th edition. In this year’s Top 500 you will again find the complete ranking of the 500 largest ICT companies in Switzerland, the analysis of revenue and developments as well as a lot of background information.

VSHN climbs on place 384

Once again, we made up places in this year’s edition of the Top 500. VSHN ranks now in the 384th place this year. We are of course very happy about the rise, despite the pandemic.

The 2021 anniversary edition of the Computerworld Top 500 of the strongest ICT companies in Switzerland can be obtained directly from Computerworld.ch.

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Announcing APPUiO Cloud

20. Sep 2021

We are thrilled to announce APPUiO Cloud, the newest member of the APPUiO family.

What’s APPUiO Cloud?

APPUiO Cloud is the successor of our hugely successful APPUiO Public product, which we have been offering already since 2016. APPUiO Cloud is a complete and simple OpenShift-as-a-Service product, available on different infrastructure (IaaS) providers.

More information

You can find all information about APPUiO Cloud in the official announcement blog post on appuio.ch.

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VSHN Top Ten Open Source Contributor in Switzerland

4. Aug 2021

Open Source is without any doubt one of the most important forces shaping the business of software in the 21st century. And Switzerland, after some hesitant first steps in the 2000’s, has now fully embraced it; many organizations are now contributing lots of code for the community, collaborating with one another, and helping shape an open future for our craft. And Open Source is undoubtedly a major factor contributing to Switzerland topping the UN innovation ranking for the past 10 years in a row.

For VSHN, Open Source is part of our culture. We release new projects and products continuously, and gladly collaborate with projects all over the country, providing pull requests, bugs reports, and feedback. We actively advocate for our customers to adopt Open Source as well; they can learn more about the Open Source advantage to their businesses in our website.

And our commitment pays off; we’ve been consistently figuring in the top ten of Swiss organizations contributing to Open Source. We are thrilled and proud to share the stage with such prestigious names as Camptocamp, CERN, Exoscale, Swisscom, the University of Bern, Zühlke and many others!

Our major contributions at this moment are:

  • Project Syn, our suite of tools to manage large numbers of Kubernetes clusters from a central location.
    • Commodore, one of the members of the Project Syn family, can be extended through components. The full component ecosystem is featured in our recently released Commodore Components Hub, including not only our own components, but also those created by third parties.
  • K8up, our Kubernetes backup operator, which recently released its version 1.0.
  • But there is more, so much more! Check out our GitHub profiles: VSHNAPPUiO, and Project Syn.

We are also contributing and sponsoring the Linux Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation, CH Open, Parldigi, Opendata.ch and many more and we support the Swiss Open Source Study 2021.

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VSHN announces Kubernetes First strategy

3. May 2021

Zurich, Switzerland, May 3rd 2021.

VSHN – The DevOps Company announces Kubernetes First strategy. While KubeCon & CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 is taking place,  the leading partner for DevOps & container platforms in Switzerland is fully committing to Kubernetes.

VSHN – The DevOps Company gears up for ‘Kubernetes First’ strategy

VSHN is strategically focussing on Kubernetes services. With “Kubernetes First”, the company sets their product & solution strategy on Kubernetes to be at the forefront of technical innovation. This includes cloud native technologies and container platforms and culminates in VSHN’s own Open Source offerings ‘Project Syn’ to run and operate your application and a fleet of Kubernetes clusters as well as ‘K8up’, the Kubernetes backup operator. VSHN manages the infrastructure but does not own any servers or data centers with Kubernetes enabling to standardize both cloud and cloud native onprem.

VSHN is the First Swiss Kubernetes Certified Service Provider

To lay the foundation for Kubernetes First, VSHN has been awarded the first Swiss Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP) by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation already in 2019 and has deepened its partnerships with strategic software vendors, cloud providers and hyperscalers such as IBM/Red Hat, SUSE/Rancher, Upbound/Crossplane, GitLab, F5/NGINX, Amazon Web Services AWS, A1/Exoscale and Swisscom.

During KubeCon & CloudNativeCon Europe 2021, Tobias Brunner is holding a Lightning Talk at the Crossplane Community Day Europe on May 4th 2021.

(also see: Crossplane – The Control-Plane of the future)

VSHN investing heavily in Kubernetes services

In addition to the extended partnerships, VSHN is increasingly hiring and training Kubernetes experts and expanding its managed container platform offering APPUiO.ch in collaboration with Puzzle ITC and also expanding certifications such as ISO 27001, ISAE3402 Type 2 and vendor specific certifications. In total, investments sum-up to a six digit CHF amount for the expansion and development of Kubernetes services.

“Everything is becoming cloud and Kubernetes is the operating system of the cloud. The trick is to focus on what you do best in a highly competitive market and not trying to do everything yourself, such as operating your own data centers. There are already a vast amount of experts for this and we are the experts of running your Kubernetes platform on any cloud or in any data center, as your DevOps partner.”

Says Markus Speth, Co-CEO VSHN and CMO

“Intelligent processes, highly automated infrastructure and microservices are the future and this is what we offer with our Open Source managed service framework Project Syn (syn.tools). With Project Syn, we have laid the foundation for our future Managed Services on top of all Kubernetes platforms. With Crossplane as an integral part of Project Syn, we reach 100% automated self-service provisioning from within Kubernetes. “Run clusters as cattle”: everyone can run a fleet of Kubernetes clusters and contribute to the project. With Kubernetes First, we are focusing for the coming years and continue what we do best.”

Says Tobias Brunner, Co-CEO VSHN and Product Owner.

VSHN offers a DevOps workshop where VSHN experts analyze the current situation and tech stack of your application and offer best practice solutions to move, run and operate your application on Kubernetes in the future.

Existing customer solutions based on virtual machines will continue to be maintained and a migration to a Kubernetes-based solution will be part of the normal platform life-cycle.

About VSHN – The DevOps Company

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 applications through automation, agility and a continuous improvement process. Completely location-independent and without its 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.

VSHN Quick Facts

  • 42 employees
  • 350 partners
  • Operating in 16 clouds
  • Founded 2014
  • 100% self-owned
  • Winner Digital Economy Award 2019

VSHN is the link between business, software development, and IT operations. VSHN supports software developers in making applications automatically testable, deployable and scalable and operating them on any infrastructure. In addition to close and agile cooperation and consulting, we also take over responsibility for the stability of our services, including 24/7 support.

Markus Speth

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

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