VSHN year in review 2019

The year 2019 is drawing to a close. With this review of the year we want to look back on an awesome year.

Of course we will be there for you over the holidays – see our opening hours Christmas/New Year 2019.

We wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

VSHN year in review 2019

2019 began right away with an award of which we are very proud: VSHN becomes the first Swiss Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP), we were in the Top 10 of the fastest growing ICT companies in Switzerland for the second year in a row, we are now Red Hat Advanced CCSP Partner, and we were awarded the Rising Star Switzerland 2019 in the ISG Provider Lens.

Last but not least, we were the winners of the Digital Economy Award 2019 in the category “Highest Digital Quality” and received Gold in the Hallenstadion Zurich.

Another milestone in the still young, 5-year history of VSHN.

With exciting new projects such as acrevis Bank or neon and partnerships with Red Hat and Crossplane we have been strengthened in our daily work and in our strategy again and again this year. Also the decision to focus on the operation of modern container platforms and future technologies such as Docker, OpenShift and Kubernetes and the close cooperation with partners still seems to be right.

Thanks to the continuous and healthy growth, we were also able to increase our workforce to 42 employees. Our new VSHNeers in 2019 are Simon G., Janine, Daniel H., Adrian, Soufiane, Nuno, Tatjana, Isabel, João, Ivan, Daniel B., Gabriel, Manuela.

We see the daily contact with our partners and customers as a confirmation of our previous path and at the same time as a motivation to become even better in the future and to push the DevOps philosophy forward. This philosophy also includes lived transparency, which is proven by the publication of our VSHN Handbook.

At this point we would like to thank our employees, partners and loyal companions. 👏

We will continue to develop in the future and will not rest on our laurels. And that we don’t just talk, but also do is proven by K8up or, above all, our Open Source Project Syn:

Project Syn

Project Syn is a pre-integrated set of tools to provision, update, backup, observe and react/alert production applications on Kubernetes and in the cloud. It supports DevOps through full self-service and automation using containers, Kubernetes and GitOps.

You can find more infos about Project Syn on: https://vshn.ch/syn

Check out Project Syn on GitHub: https://github.com/projectsyn

Achievements & Awards

VSHN wins Gold at the Digital Economy Award 2019

VSHN wins gold at Digital Economy Award in the category Highest Digital Quality. Who would have thought? VSHN – The DevOps Company wins gold at the Digital Economy Award in the category Highest Digital Quality. We couldn’t be happier and would like to thank all #VSHNeers who made this success possible.

Computerworld Top 500 2019: VSHN makes a leap forward

Computerworld once again ranked the top 500 of the strongest Swiss ICT companies in 2019. The measured total turnover of the companies listed in the ranking rose further to around 78 billion Swiss francs, driven by digitisation and cloud adoption.

VSHN supports acrevis bank on their way to digitalization

Together with our partner Puzzle ITC, VSHN AG is building an OpenShift-based technology platform for the Eastern Swiss regional bank acrevis. The technology platform consists of business, integration, security and delivery layers and enables acrevis to implement a two-speed IT.

VSHN articles in the press

Fintech & Insurtech 2019: Open Source in Banking & Interview Acrevis Bank

Open Source has become indispensable in many areas. One of the most important advantages of Open Source software is the gained speed and flexibility, which are essential not only for Fintechs, but also for traditional banks.

The advantages of DevOps in practice – article by Markus in Netzwoche

DevOps stands for a new culture and approach in the collaboration of traditionally separated departments. Development (software development) and Operations (IT operations) are pulling together to increase software quality and availability and thus customer satisfaction.

Cloud-to-Cloud Migration: Aarno contributed a technical article in iX Magazine

iX Magazine article: Cloud-to-Cloud MigrationOur CTO Aarno Aukia has contributed an article in iX Magazine 4/2019 on cloud-to-cloud migration. The challenge of Cloud-to-Cloud MigrationThere are many reasons to change the cloud provider or the cloud model. But migration is not an easy task. There are different migration options based on the underlying data.

Engagement & giving back

VSHN sponsors VIS (The official Association of Computer Science Students at the ETH Zurich)

VSHN supports VIS. Some of our VSHNeers are former ETH students and try to maintain contact with the students through various alumni associations. For example, VSHN supports VIS – the Association of Computer Science Students at ETH Zurich – by sponsoring various events.
Recently an information evening took place in our office, where interested students could ask us about our daily work. We were very happy about the active participation and look forward to the next time. 🙂

VSHN sponsors Hack’n’Lead – the first Swiss hackathon for women

VSHN is Bronze Sponsor of Hack’n’Lead. We are very happy to support women++ and the hackathon Hack’n’Lead as Bronze Sponsors. Hack’n’Lead is the first women-friendly hackathon in Switzerland and aims to promote diversity in IT and to inspire women to pursue careers and computer science.

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.

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.

Partnerships & memberships

VSHN is Red Hat Advanced Certified Cloud and Service Provider Business Partner

VSHN is Red Hat Advanced CCSP (Certified Cloud and Service Provider) Business Partner. We are very pleased to announce that we are now official Red Hat Advanced CCSP Partner. With this certification we want to further strengthen our cooperation with Red Hat and the Red Hat Ecosystem and look forward to a successful partnership.

Partnership VSHN & Crossplane

VSHN is proud to announce a partnership with Crossplane. Zurich, Nov 21, 2019: VSHN is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Crossplane.io for Project Syn – VSHNs next generation Managed Services framework.

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.

Events

Glenfis Cloud Talk with Aarno Aukia

Those who understand the cloud only as an IT topic have already lost. Many companies want to move their IT into the cloud, but how does that actually work? At the Glenfis Cloud Talk, visitors learned from three perspectives how to take advantage of the cloud and how to avoid obstacles. Daniel Wolf (Glenfis), Dominik Zemp (Microsoft), Aarno Aukia (VSHN) and Harald Häuschen (Helsana) gave inputs on the subject of cloud computing.

Cloud Native Computing Meetup #5 2019

CNC meetup #5 2019. Our fifth Cloud Native Computing Meetup 2019 took place on November 7th at Ergon Informatik in Zurich. Many thanks to Ergon for providing the great premises and sponsoring the Apéro.

VSHN at the Forum EPFL 2019

Forum EPFL 2019. On Tuesday, October 8th, the VSHN team participated in the Forum EPFL 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Forum EPFL is the largest recruitment event in Switzerland. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet talented engineers in the French-speaking side of the country!

Looking back: APPUiO at the Cloud Conferences Bonn, Hanau, Hamburg & Munich 2019

APPUiO at the Cloud Computing Conference 2019 in Germany. APPUiO participated 2019 as Cloud Native Loft Sponsor at the Cloud Conferences of the Vogel IT-Academy in Bonn, Hanau, Hamburg and Munich. Success Story by APPUiO and Flexis at the Cloud Conference Hamburg 2019: From the Road to the Cloud – Optimization of Logistics Processes with Docker, Kubernetes and APPUiO.

VSHN at the AWS Summit Switzerland

VSHN at AWS Summit Switzerland 2019: As we previously announced, we are proud to have participated in the last AWS Summit Switzerland as Bronze Sponsors. The event happened on Wednesday, October 2nd 2019 in Trafo Baden. It was a great opportunity to meet partners and customers, and to learn more about the thriving AWS ecosystem.

Red Hat Forum Switzerland 2019 Zurich

Red Hat Forum Zurich 2019. Also this year we attended Red Hat Forum Switzerland in Zurich with APPUiO as sponsor and with a booth on site. In 2019 the event took place at StageOne in Oerlikon and the number of visitors this year was even higher than in the last years. About 900 participants found their way to the 8th Red Hat Forum.

Cloud Native Computing Meetup #4 2019

Our fourth Cloud Native Computing Meetup 2019 took place on August 29th at VMware Switzerland in the Dell EMC Cafeteria in Zurich.

VSHN DevOps workshop at topsoft 2019

VSHN at topsoft 2019. topsoft 2019 is one of the most important Swiss IT trade fairs for systems, technologies and know-how for future-oriented companies. Together with our partners Batix, Webgate and Migros, VSHN exhibited at topsoft 2019.

VSHN at the award ceremony for the Rising Star award Cloud Transformation/Operation Services & XaaS from ISG in Berlin

VSHN receives Rising Star award: VSHN – The DevOps Company receives the award Rising Star of the ISG Provider Lens Switzerland 2019 study at the award ceremony night in Spreespeicher Berlin.
We are of course very happy that we were able to place ourselves so successfully in the study alongside many well-known global players from the IT world. The VSHNeers Patrick Mathers (CEO) and Markus Speth (CMO) receive the Rising Star from ISG Director Heiko Henkes and are very pleased about the award.

KubeCon & CloudNativeCon 2019 Barcelona Recap

KubeCon & CloudNativeCon Europe 2019 in Barcelona: KubeCon Europe 2019 took place in Barcelona at the Fira exhibition centre, where the Mobile World Congress also takes place. As Silver Sponsor of the Linux Foundation, VSHN was present with its own booth. The flagship conference of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation gathered users and technology savvy people from leading open source and cloud communities from Kubernetes to Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, gRPC, containerd, rkt, CNI, Envoy, Jaeger, Notary, TUF, Vitess, CoreDNS, NATS, Linkerd, Helm, Harbor and etcd from 20 to 23 May 2019 in Barcelona. For four days, like-minded people met to promote the know-how and further development of cloud computing.

DevOpsDays Zurich 2019 Recap

DevOpsDays Zurich 2019. We were Platinum Sponsor at the DevOpsDays Zurich 2019 and had our own booth with APPUiO. The number of visitors doubled again this year and you can definitely say that DevOpsDays has developed into one of the most important DevOps events in Zurich.

Cloud Native Computing Meetup #3 2019

Our third Cloud Native Computing Meetup took place on Thursday May 9 in the Swisscom Tower in Zurich. Many thanks to Swisscom for providing the great premises and to Cloudreach for sponsoring the Apéro. The third CNC-Meetup 2019 was very well attended and after interesting speakers we had an exciting round of talks in a pleasant atmosphere and a wonderful view over Zurich.

VSHN at the Google Cloud Switzerland Launch Event

Switzerland is the 6th region in Europe (europe-west6) and the 19th region of the Google Cloud Platform worldwide to offer computing, storage, big data and network services. It is connected to Google’s well-equipped, secure and private network to provide global access to all services of the Google Cloud Platform.

Cloud Native Computing Meetup #2 2019

Our second Cloud Native Computing Meetup took place on Thursday Feb 21 in the Swisscom Tower in Zurich. Many thanks to Swisscom for providing the great premises and to Nine for sponsoring the Apéro.

VSHN at the Container Stack 2019

On January 30th and 31st 2019, the Container Stack, a two-day event on Kubernetes with one day of workshops and one day of conference, took place for the first time at the FIFA World Football Museum Zurich. VSHN was co-sponsor of the event.

Impressions Knative Meetup at VSHN

Between the Container Stack workshop on Wednesday Jan 30th and the conference on Thursday Jan 31st 2019, we organized a Knative CNCF meetup at VSHN. Mark Chmarny (TPM Serverless, Google) and Sebastien Goasguen (Founder, Triggermesh) spoke about about Knative, the Kubernetes framework for building, deploying, and managing serverless workloads. Despite the short notice (we planned the meetup 1 week in advance) we had a full house at VSHN.

Aarno’s Transformation Talk at Inside Channels Forum 2019

On Jan 31st 2019, the Inside Channels Forum 2019 with the big players of the Swiss ICT industry took place in the Kultur- and Kongresshaus in Aarau. VSHN was there and our CTO Aarno held a Transformation Talk with the topic “How we made the entry into the IT business with DevOps, Cloud and Docker” (in German).

Technical

VSHN.timer #23: Kubernetes Galore

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we are going to finish this amazing 2019 with the latest news about Kubernetes.

VSHN.timer #22: Cloud Security

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we are going to talk about Cloud Security, its many facets and threats, and how smart teams can mitigate them.

VSHN.timer #21: Continuous Learning

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we are going to showcase some cool examples of excellent learning resources created by and for the DevOps community.

VSHN.timer #20: Life After KubeCon

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. Last week was full of conferences, new product announcements, and exciting news! There was ServiceMeshCon, then KubeCon / CloudNativeCon, and even MulticloudCon. This VSHN.timer will feature what we think are the five most prominent news of the week.

VSHN.timer #19: Classic VMs in Kubernetes… and Conferences!

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this exceptional edition with 7 items we are going to talk about managing „classic“ virtual machines with Kubernetes, a subject suggested by VSHNeer João Pinto; then we’ll dive into Helm 3.0 and into a deluge of conferences!

VSHN.timer #18: Programming

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to talk about languages, tools, and good ideas to write quality code.

VSHN.timer #17: Rootless Containers

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to talk about building containers without falling in the root trap! This subject has been suggested by VSHNeer João Pinto, based on his research on the topic.

VSHN.timer #16: Learning Kubernetes

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to talk about how to learn and to get started with Kubernetes, the standard platform for cloud-native applications.

VSHN.timer #15: Startup Life

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to talk about ideas, tools, and approaches that make (or break) early 21st century startups.

VSHN.timer #14: What’s New, Kubernetes?

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to review the latest Kubernetes news, tools, and events. Hang tight, for the world of Kubernetes is advancing fast, fast, FAST!

VSHN.timer #13: Life Of A DevOps Team

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to talk about ethics, remote teams, writing skills, and career development in a modern, distributed DevOps team.

VSHN.timer #12: Container Runtimes

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to talk about container runtimes, the basic building blocks enabling everything we do every day at VSHN.

Our way to Managed OpenShift 4

Red Hat OpenShift 4: This summer Red Hat released OpenShift 4. At first glance, the new major version is a continuous development of OpenShift 3 with relatively manageable changes for the user. But if you look under the hood, you will quickly see a completely revised OpenShift. The blogpost of Benjamin Affolter on the APPUiO blog examines the changes of OpenShift 4 and describes them in detail.

VSHN.timer #11: Kubernetes in your Laptop

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better. In this edition we are going to showcase several solutions for developers to deploy Kubernetes clusters locally. Turns out there are a lot of them!

VSHN.timer #10: GitOps

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we are going to talk about GitOps, the new trend in the world of cloud-first apps and Kubernetes.

VSHN.timer #9: Red Hat OpenShift

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we are going to talk about OpenShift, the Kubernetes-based container technology by Red Hat.

VSHN.timer #8: Kubernetes Security

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we are going to talk about Kubernetes security; hang tight, this is a hot topic and there is a lot of material in this edition!

VSHN.timer #7: The HumanOps Frontier

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we feature interesting articles about HumanOps, the next logical step in a path that leads to software made by humans, for humans.

VSHN.timer #6: The Eternal Quest for Quality

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we will talk about Quality, the Saint Graal of software characteristics, particularly critical in these days of 12 factor apps.

The Art of Writing Deployment Pipelines

What a great time! Deployment automation, cloud platforms, containerization, short iterations to develop and release software—we’ve progressed a lot. And finally it’s official: Kubernetes and OpenShift are the established platforms to help us do scaling and zero downtime deployments with just a few hundred lines of YAML. It’s a great time.

VSHN.timer #5: DevOps or Dev… Oops?

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we feature interesting articles about DevOps, one of the most widely misunderstood and misquoted words in the modern business of software.

VSHN.timer #4: The Sound Of Inevitability

Welcome to the new VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system and making us think, laugh, or simply work better. This week we feature a few articles stating what is in everyone’s mind: Kubernetes is becoming the new standard platform for cloud applications.

VSHN releases K8up – Backup Operator for Kubernetes at KubeCon 2019

VSHN – The DevOps Company is pleased to announce K8up (pronounced /keɪtæpp/) at KubeCon / CloudNativeCon 2019, our Open Source backup operator for Kubernetes and OpenShift.

A (Very!) Quick Comparison of Kubernetes Serverless Frameworks

Serverless is one of those hot topics that, as many others in our industry, looks a bit like a good old idea recycled and brought back to fashion. Yet Serverless (or “Function as a Service”) looks like a natural evolution to a movement that started more than a decade ago, when Heroku and Google App Engine came under the spotlight. (This blog post is the transcription of the presentation given at the CNC Switzerland meetup, May 9th 2019. Slides are available at the end of this page.)

Introduction to Kubernetes Operators, Operator Framework, and Operators SDK

Section 1 – Kubernetes Operators, Operator Framework, and Operators SDK: Here we discuss in a general setting about Operators, Operator Framework, and Operators SDK.Then we will discuss about the Operators SDK emerging popularity in GitHub, and in general about the “Operator SDK workflow” adopted for generating and handling operators.

General & internal

The party for our fifth birthday: #VSHN5 🥳

#VSHN5 – the big party for the 5th birthday of VSHN. On November 20 2019 we celebrated #VSHN5 together with our partners and friends. The party for the 5th birthday of VSHN took place in the Heile Welt in Zurich.

Announcing Project Syn – The Next Generation Managed Services

VSHN is proud to announce Project Syn, the next generation Open Source managed services framework for DevOps and application operations on any infrastructure based on Kubernetes.

Introducing the VSHN Handbook

We assembled and condensed most of our culture into the VSHN Handbook!

VSHN celebrates 5th birthday 🎂

5 years VSHN – The DevOps Company. We can hardly believe that it has been 5 years since we founded VSHN. Our first 5 years were fantastic and it is hard to find words for the experiences we made during that time. Just this much can be said: We say thank you 1000 times to all partners, customers and all others who have accompanied us on the way so far and look forward to the future and the next 5 years! 🎂

VSHN goes to Vancouver – Part 1

VSHN goes to Vancouver – Part 1: Currently Daniel, Manuel, and I are working from Vancouver. Therefore I want to tell you a bit about why we are here and then give you a glimpse into life in Canada. VSHN grew a lot since we started. We went from one customer to over 350. With the number of customers, their requirements and the number of managed systems grew as well, and with all of that the amount of work we have to do during the night.

VSHN was Sponsor of Lehner Cup 2019

VSHN was sponsor of the Lehner Cup 2019. World class ice hockey in Sursee. The Lehner Cup 2019 is already history again. With a 5 : 3 victory against the team from Kazakhstan, Barys Nur-Sultan (HK Barys Astana), the EV Zug secured its second tournament victory at the Lehner Cup after 2014.

VSHN Day 2019

On Wed. August 7 2019, the 5th VSHN DAY took place, where our team meets annually for a voluntary off-site strategy day to discuss the future of VSHN. VSHN Day 2019 Intro: Back to the Future. VSHN co-founder Tobias Brunner (@tobruzh) ignited VSHN Day 2019 with a review. What was the idea behind VSHN? Why did the first VSHNeers join forces in 2014 and founded VSHN AG?

Four weeks paternity leave at VSHN – a field report

In Switzerland, a father is legally entitled to only one day’s leave for the birth of his child, that is just as much as you get for relocating. That’s why VSHN introduced four weeks paternity leave last year. I was very lucky to be the first VSHNeer to benefit from it: end of November our son Lias was born.

Past years in review

year in review 2018
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.

VSHN 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 our own hardware, we operate extensive applications according to the DevOps principle agilely and 24/7 on every infrastructure, so that software developers can concentrate on their business and IT operations are relieved.

With APPUiO.ch, 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. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter (@vshn_ch and @APPUiO), to keep up with the latest news.