Repackage, Don’t Rewrite! Improving Portability and Agility of Legacy Applications with Habitat

Until now, there have only been two approaches to deal with business-critical legacy applications written in a pre-cloud era: rewrite them, which is a painful, risky and long-lived process (and in some cases, not possible); or lift-and-shift, which doesn’t address the underlying technical debt or the difficulty of managing and deploying this software. In our […]

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Lifting and Shifting in Practice with Habitat

The world of application packaging and deployment can be viewed as a spectrum where at one end we have hand-crafted installation/run scripts on physical infrastructure and on the other are fully containerized applications making the most of cloud-native services. Since most organisations don’t start out fully cloud-native or containerized, a commonly heard phrase for increasing […]

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Habitat, Google Container Registry (GCR) and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)

This short post will explore how we can use Habitat and Google Container Registry to deploy a managed container to Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) with Habitat Operator already installed. The example we will be following is here. Checking this out reveals the following structure: $ tree hab-gcr-demo hab-gcr-demo ├── README.md ├── config │ ├── index.html […]

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Introducing Habitat On-Premises Builder Depot

Introduction One of the frequent requests that we have had since we introduced public Habitat Builder last year has been to allow Habitat users to have the same workflow behind the firewall in their private cloud- and on-premises infrastructure. There are several reasons why this can be desirable – for example, having an enterprise policy […]

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Habitat Studio Artifact Caching

Habitat’s Studio now supports artifact caching across Studios! This change adds a new capability to the Studio software which allows the downloaded Habitat artifacts (i.e. *.hart files) to be shared between different Studio instances or the between setup and tear downs of the same Studio instance. The sharing is accomplished by mounting in a common […]

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Why Habitat? – Plans and Packages, Part 1

Habitat is Chef’s solution for application packaging and delivery: automation that travels with the application. This is the first in a multi-part series on the concepts behind Habitat. Application Automation is a big topic and relies upon multiple services from packaging, to service discovery, to runtime supervision, and deployment topologies. As a starting point, it […]

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How to run Habitat applications in Kubernetes

Note: This blog post may be out of date. Check out a more recent article “Get Started with Habitat on Kubernetes” from our partners at Kinvolk. Habitat simplifies creating, managing, and running containers. Habitat allows you to package applications in a compact, atomic, and easily auditable manner that more fully delivers on the promise of […]

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