VSHN year in review 2018

21. Dec 2018

The holidays are getting closer and closer and so the year 2018 is coming to an end. With the following year in review we want to take a look back on a very eventful and great year 2018.
Of course, we are also there for you during the holidays – see Opening Hours Christmas / New Year 2018.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

VSHN year in review 2018

2018 was without exaggeration a groundbreaking year for VSHN.
With highly interesting new projects such as the Federal Government’s Linked Data Platform and the GovCMS platform of the Australian Ministry of Finance, reaching the top 10 of the fastest growing ICT companies in Switzerland and last but not least with the award as Rising Star Switzerland in the ISG Provider Lens we have been confirmed again and again this year in our daily work and in our strategy not to do everything ourselves and to automate as much as possible. Also the decision that we focus on the operation of modern hosting platforms and innovative technologies such as Docker, OpenShift and Kubernetes and the close cooperation with partners also seem to pay out.
Through this steady and healthy growth, we were also able to increase our workforce to over 30 employees. Our new VSHNeers in 2018 are: Gabriel, Sandra, Peter B., BasharMarkus, Tobias N., Christian C., Christian H., Patrik H. and Dimitri.
We regard the daily feedback from our partners and customers as a confirmation of our chosen path so far and at the same time as an incentive to improve even further in the future and to advance the DevOps philosophy. At this point we want to say a big thank you to our VSHNeers, partners and companions. We will continue to develop steadily in the future and not stand still.
But now we are looking forward to the holidays with our families, recover from an intense year and start with new strength into 2019.

Achievements & Awards

VSHN is Rising Star Switzerland at ISG Provider Lens 2019
VSHN is Rising Star at Cloud Transformation/Operation Services & XaaS. We are delighted to have been awarded Rising Star by ISG Provider Lens Switzerland 2019 – Cloud Transformation / Operation Services & XaaS.
Netzwoche interview with VSHN founder and CTO Aarno Aukia
VSHN from Zurich has won two major customers this year: the Australian Ministry of Finance and, the Swiss federal government’s open data portal. VSHN founder and CTO Aarno Aukia explains how the DevOps start-up was successful and how it can offer data center services without a data center.
VSHN in top 10 of the fastest growing Swiss ICT companies
VSHN has made it into the top 10 of Switzerland’s fastest-growing ICT companies in the Computerworld Top 500 2018 edition.
VSHN wins tender for hosting the Swiss Linked Data Platform
We are happy to announce that VSHN has won the tender for hosting the Swiss Linked Data Platform of the Swiss Federal Archives.
VSHN will run the OpenShift platform for the next evolution of the Australian GovCMS
VSHN AG will build and operate the OpenShift platform for and Salsa Digital to host the next evolution of GovCMS for the Australian Department of Finance.

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Powercoders: Refugees for the IT industry

The first participation in the Powercoders program for refugees was a complete success: we were able to hire Bashar as fulltime VSHNeer after his internship.

UCC Challenge sponsored by VSHN
Congratulations to Andrey Brito of the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG, Brazil) for winning the UCC Cloud Challenge 2018 and the CHF 1’000.- APPUiO voucher with his contribution Secure End-to-End Processing of Smart Grid Data.

KubeCon and CloudNativeCon 2019 in Barcelona sponsored by VSHN
We are sponsoring the KubeCon and CloudNativeCon 2019 in Barcelona to support cloud native computing initiatives and open source software.

Partnerships & Memberships

VSHN is Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) member
VSHN is Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) member. Among other things, VSHN supports the CNCF by organizing the Cloud Native Computing Meetups in Zurich and we sponsor the KubeCon and CloudNativeCon 2019 in Barcelona.
VSHN – the DevOps Company is official hosting partner of Spryker Systems
VSHN AG from Zurich and Spryker Systems GmbH from Berlin / Hamburg agree on a strategic cooperation to serve future e-commerce customers jointly with Spryker Commerce OS.
Partnership with A1 Digital and Exoscale
The Container Platform APPUiO will be available on A1 Digital and Exoscale cloud hosting in the future.

APPUiO on Microsoft Azure Cloud
In the past few years, Microsoft has transformed itself from a classic Windows and Office provider to a modern cloud provider. The Azure Cloud has become a global hyperscale cloud platform with many interesting features. Red Hat has also recognized this and offers official support from OpenShift to Azure.


KubeCon & CloudNativeCon 2018 North America 2018 in Seattle (report follows)

Our Simon R. and Manuel visited KubeCon & CloudNativeCon North America in December 2018 in Seattle – the report will follow later.

Zurich Cloud / Big Data / Serverless Week 2018 & UCC Challenge sponsored by VSHN
From December 17th to 21st, Zurich will become a hotspot for learning about the latest advances in cloud applications and serverless computing technologies. On the first two days, the 11th International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) is an expert event centered on research and innovation with several sub-events.
Cloud Native Computing Meetups
In 2018, we successfully organized a total of four CNC Meetups. Thanks again to the sponsors, speakers and active participation.
Impressions from the Red Hat Forum 2018 in Zurich
This year’s Red Hat Forum was again a great success. We would like to thank the organizers and our partners, for many great discussions and look forward to the next year! 🙂
Wer were there – DevOpsDays 2018
VSHN took part in the DevOpsDays 2018 in Winterthur again this year! As part of the worldwide DevOps movement, it is already held regularly in different countries, and was held in Switzerland for the second time on May 2nd and 3rd 2018.


WEBINAR Moving Applications to the cloud with Docker and Container Technology using DevOps principles

Learn more about containerization and moving your application to the cloud, how VSHN and our Swiss Container Platform APPUiO can help your business. Presenter: Aarno Aukia, CTO and founder of VSHN – The DevOps Company.

What is a Kubernetes distribution and what are the differences between Kubernetes and OpenShift?
At VSHN and we rely on OpenShift as Kubernetes distribution. What a Kubernetes distribution is, why we use it and where the differences to ‘plain’ Kubernetes are will be explained in this blog post.
Docker Overlay Encryption
I have set up a Docker Swarm cluster on the new Hetzner Cloud. First things first – the Hetzner Cloud is really amazing: Super simple, super cheap and performs as expected. It is not a bloated cloud provider that has 100x services and features that you can use for your servers, this keeps the costs and complexity down – I am really a big fan of it.
Hosting Drupal on Openshift with the help of Lagoon – by Bastian Widmer ( set out to make hosting of Drupal websites easier and more flexible. We always strive to stay at the cutting edge of technology. So it does not come to a surprise that we started adopting a container based approach to hosting. We’ll talk about what containers are and why we believe it’s important to go one step further and open source our technology we use to host websites.
Automated build pipelines with GitLab CI and APPUiO
“Deploy early and often” is one of the core principles of agile development. One solution to this problem are automated build and deploy pipelines. This project uses such a pipeline, based on GitLab CI and OpenShift. A sample PHP application is built and deployed to APPUiO.
Icinga 2.8.2 resolves multiple security vulnerabilities
VSHNeer Michael Hanselmann (hansmi) discovered multiple Icinga2 security vulnerabilities that have been reported and fixed now. Read his blog post explaining the discovery and impacts.

General & internal

4 years VSHN

In September 2018 we already celebrated our 4. birthday! 🙂

VSHN introduces four weeks of paternity leave
In the last twelve months, three VSHNeers enjoyed the birth of their first child, which is why we introduced four weeks of paternity or partner holidays for all.

Past year in review

To the year in review 2017

About VSHN – The DevOps Company

VSHN AG is the leading Swiss partner for DevOpsDockerKubernetesOpenShift and 24/7 Cloud Operations. VSHN helps software developers run their applications agile and 24/7 on any infrastructure while relieving the burden on IT operations.
Since 2014, we are serving more than 1000 servers in 20 different clouds as well as on-premises at customer locations with a total of more than 66’000 services for 300 different customers and partners. We are ISO 27001 certified and work to the strict FINMA guidelines to ensure the security and confidentiality of customer information at all times.
With, we have created a Red Hat OpenShift based Swiss container platform, where we can offer Managed Services as a PaaS solution (Platform-as-a-Service) on any infrastructure: public, dedicated, private and on-premises.
At VSHN, we believe in openness and transparency, so we let you decide where to store your data (we call this multi-cloud strategy). Either locally in your own data center (on-premise) or at a cloud provider location of your choice. Take a look at our services and learn more about our services and how we can possibly support you. Follow us on Twitter (@vshn_ch and @APPUiO) and don’t miss any news.

Markus Speth

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

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