Comparing Swarm vs Kubernetes Terminology

Comparing Swarm vs Kubernetes Terminology

One of the things that my team and I are sticklers about is using the proper terminology for the proper technology. It’s just not the debate of “Principle” vs “Principal”, it’s the inferred technology that is applied by the terms you use. For instance, if a client told me they had a Docker Cluster, I might infer they are using Kubernetes, as that is correct terminology. When, in fact, they may be using Docker EE and should have used the term Docker Swarm.

Recently, when I was learning more about Docker EE Swarm at DockerCon ‘19, I started to realize the concepts are similar in Kubernetes, but the terminology was subtly different. I started to put together my own cheat sheet of similar components, so that I could keep things straight between the different sessions I attended. Now, I can speak both Swarm and Kubernetes without mingling terms, something my team will certainly appreciate!

Swarm Term Kubenetes Term Loose Definition
Swarm Cluster A group of machines that are running that provide high availability of containers.
Node Cluster Member Either a physical or virtual host that is participating within the Swarm/Cluster.
Manager Master Manages the strategy of how work is distributed within the Swarm/Cluster.
Worker (Worker) Node A participating member of the Swarm/Cluster that is providing compute capacity.
Container Container A standard unit of software that packages up code and all its dependencies, so the application runs quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another.
Task Pod A group of containers that are deployed together on the same host.
Service ReplicaSet Starts and manages the tasks/pods, ensuring the desired state.
Service Deployment Provides declarative updates to ensure the desired state is maintained.
Stack Stack A collection of services to run an application.
VIP ClusterIP Service The IP address representing the service definition.

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CleanSlate is now a Red Hat Partner

CleanSlate is now a Red Hat Partner

CleanSlate is an IT partner who is always by your side. By working with Red Hat, the industry’s top enterprise Linux vendor, you have a partner in the planning, deployment, and maintenance of your infrastructure. Among the many offerings from Red Hat, the leading product modernizing and optimizing the IT industry is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Organizations in the early stages of IT modernization currently running IBM Power Servers are creating Linux LPARs to migrate workloads to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Many other organizations who are facing high licensing, maintenance and support costs are choosing to move off legacy UNIX systems to a modern, open source Linux infrastructure in order to adopt Red Hat solutions for application development, mobile, deployment, and cloud. Migrating workloads to Red Hat Enterprise Linux – the enterprise-ready, open source operating system – improves productivity and efficiency across your enterprise IT systems and enables an agile IT infrastructure to address new business demands while significantly reducing operational costs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux maximizes the value of your existing infrastructure by introducing new technologies in an incremental, balanced way. Please contact us for your Red Hat needs.
Governor Holcomb Recognizes CleanSlate as Local Economic Development and Tech Leader

Governor Holcomb Recognizes CleanSlate as Local Economic Development and Tech Leader

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently recognized CleanSlate as one of Indiana’s fastest growing technology companies, and a key player in helping to expand our state’s economy through new job creation.

The recognition came as Governor Holcomb unveiled his 2018 Next Level Agenda, a plan that emphasizes the role of high-demand, high-wage sectors like technology in strengthening Indiana’s economy. Having recently announced plans to add up to 50 employees within the next three years, CleanSlate is positioning itself to bring more jobs—and prosperity—to our state.

“With 29,000 new jobs announced this year and one million expected over the next decade, we must act now to ensure Hoosiers have the skills they need to secure good jobs and succeed in our growing economy,” said Governor Holcomb.

To advance Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda, CleanSlate will help attract the industry’s best talent to Indiana to take on the challenges of the evolving tech landscape. It’s why we’re expanding our IBM sales team and consulting practice, as well as doubling down on services such as cloud technology, security, and mobile development.

“Our company is growing and expanding our services, and we’re happy to be doing it right here in Indiana,” said John Loveys, CEO of CleanSlate. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far in 2017, and we’re excited to continue our momentum into 2018 and beyond.”

We’re lucky to live in a state that supports growing technology companies like ours. And we’re happy we can give more IT professionals great employment opportunities with our planned expansion. If you have any questions about our plans for the future—or about our expanding services—we’d love to talk.


What Do Beer and Robotics Have in Common?

What 20th-century invention goes best with beer and pizza? If you answered “robotics,” you’re right! (We also would have accepted “Buffalo wings.”)

Kidding aside, the CleanSlate team recently joined other technology firms around the Indianapolis area for a program called BeerBots. This event is a joint effort hosted by TechPoint Foundation for Youth and Sun King Brewery. The two companies want to ensure “Indiana’s underserved K-12 students have access to experiential learning opportunities that inspire the pursuit of STEM careers.” BeerBots is a fun way to show the promise of their efforts and share its relevance with the technology community.

On another level, it’s a chance to relax with coworkers while nerding out and working with robotics. Over the course of the event, our CleanSlate crew created robots, drank beer, ate pizza, and teamed-up to win prizes in battle. The game is simple: Robots battle for 1 minute, with a mandatory driver change at the 30-second mark. As the rules state, “Both offense and defense are permitted during the battle, and strategy is key.” The first-place team wins a trophy. Three other teams get the Badass Award, the Nerd Award, and the Terminator Award.

If you or your company are looking for a fun teambuilding activity, contact TechPoint Foundation for Youth for more information.


Join the CleanSlate Team at SAM Summit 2017

Join the CleanSlate Team at SAM Summit 2017

One of the industry’s leading SAM conferences, the International Business Software Managers Association’s SAM Summit is a three-day event focused on tactical software asset management strategies, software licensing, contracting, compliance, and more. It’s a great opportunity to learn from leading minds in the industry and get insight into emerging trends and developments.

This year’s SAM Summit will take place July 10-12 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Downtown Chicago (get directions here). CleanSlate will be hosting two educational sessions:

  • “Painless Upgrading to IBM’s Latest License Metric Tool” July 11, at 11:15 CST
  • “How to Measure Usage with ILMT and Save on Licensing Key Products” July 11, at 1:30 CST

These sessions will focus on IBM ILMT, ways to use IBM BigFix to measure software usage, and how to save on licensing costs and ELA negotiations. You’ll also be able to take advantage of more than 70 other sessions featuring SAM and licensing experts from companies including Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and more.

It’s a can’t-miss event for SAM professionals. Registration is quick and easy—make sure you take advantage of this great opportunity!

Speaking of great opportunities: CleanSlate will also be hosting a get-together on Sunday, June 9, at the Wrigley Rooftops as the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburg Pirates. The game starts at 12:10 p.m., and we’d love to see you there!

If you have any questions about SAM Summit 2017, our educational sessions, or our Wrigley Rooftops outing, don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, register for the SAM Summit today!


CleanSlate wins prestigious Ingram Micro IBM Business Unit Partner award.

CleanSlate wins prestigious Ingram Micro IBM Business Unit Partner award.

Close-up of Ingram Micro's IBM Business Unit Partner of the Year awardAll of us at CleanSlate are excited to announce that we’ve just received Ingram Micro’s IBM Business Unit Partner of the Year award. It’s a great testament to our team and the exceptional work we’re doing—and we’re always happy to be recognized by a company as influential and innovative as Ingram Micro.

Founded in 1979 and based in Irvine, California, Ingram Micro is one of the world’s largest IT companies with more than 27,000 employees across the globe and more than $43 billion in revenue in 2015. We’re lucky to work with them, and even luckier that they’ve thought enough of us to give us this award—especially since this is the first year that the award has been given.

“As one of the largest and most respected IBM Software partners out there—and Ingram Micro’s top IBM Software partner with $50 million in IBM business in 2016—it made sense to give CleanSlate this award,” said George Wagner, market development executive at Ingram Micro. “They’ve also grown their IBM Software business by $16 million within the last five years, which is a huge achievement. We thought it was important to recognize them.”

Ingram Micro is our VAD (Value Added Distributor) of choice, and we’ve been working with them for more than a decade. Our relationship has grown immensely over these last 10 years as we’ve gotten to know the company and its senior management. We think it’s pretty cool that a company with tens of thousands of employees has taken the time to work closely with a determined, growing business like us—and to become such a valuable partner.

As we’ve rolled out our new CleanSlate brand this year, we’ve been encouraged by all the positive feedback we’ve gotten. Winning the IBM Business Unit Partner of the Year award from Ingram Micro is great affirmation that we’re moving in the right direction. We hope our outstanding relationship with them will continue for many years in the future.

Want to learn more about CleanSlate and all the ways we can help your business thrive? We’d love to chat—contact us today.