Now is the best time to subscribe to CAPE – here’s why

So you’re the designated Kubernetes guru of your group, the master of deploying and managing applications in the cloud across multiple environments, but we know that your K8s knowledge and skill didn’t come easy – Kubernetes is a great container orchestration tool but it is also hard. Advanced functionality in Kubernetes requires real expert knowledge, and that can be challenging even for time-starved, seasoned pros.

And that’s why we decided to build CAPE. As cloud native developers ourselves, we wanted a simple way to deploy and manage Kubernetes applications in hybrid cloud environments efficiently. CAPE makes the difficult simple when it comes to Kubernetes Disaster Recovery, Cluster Migration & Upgrades, Data Protection and Cloning. Days and months of effort are reduced to mere minutes with the click of a few buttons in CAPE.

Why Subscribe to cAPE?

CAPE has two plans – a free for life Community Edition for those who want to dip their toe in and give CAPE a go with no strings attached for unlimited clusters, but a limitation to 10 nodes.

If you are scaling production workloads, we recommend subscribing to the Enterprise Plan which offers unlimited nodes and dedicated support to help you get started – all for just US$20 per node per month. Learn more here.

Superhero Kickstart OFfer: USD $5,000 Credits ABSOLUTELY FREE – but only for 1st 100 users

CAPE Superhero Kickstart Offer

Hands up if you like free stuff! If you were looking to subscribe to CAPE, now is the absolute best time to do it because from now until 31 Oct 2020, you don’t even need to fork out cash. Just use the promo code CAPE5K when you subscribe to CAPE and you’ll receive USD $5,000 credits immediately in your account, absolutely FREE. Yes, you read right. FREE because we believe CAPE will transform your Kubernetes projects and we want to help you get started as soon as you can.

This great deal is limited to our first 100 subscribers only so don’t take too long to hit that subscribe button! You can click on it right here:

Terms and Conditions Apply. Click here to read more.

How to activate your free credits

If you’re ready to subscribe to CAPE and enjoy your USD $5,000 worth of credits, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Sign up for for an account

Head on over to the CAPE Subscription portal to sign up for an account – you can use your email or your Google/Github accounts to sign up.

Step 2: Select/Add an installation

You will need to subscribe to a specific installation to activate those credits. Add your first installation if you don’t already have one.

Step 3: Enter your credit card details

Fill in your credit card details so we can set up your Enterprise Plan account and boom! Your credits will be ready and waiting. You will be provided the license key information to execute for your CAPE on-prem installation.

Step 4: Start using CAPE

What are you waiting for? Grab your license key and install CAPE via your preferred method, whether it’s Helm, Docker, Azure, Ansible or Github.

So there you have it – go forth and enjoy spending your free credits. If you have any feedback for us, do drop us a line and tell us how we can improve, and tell all your friends to come get CAPE before this amazing deal runs out!

Biqmind creates more superheroes with CAPE: A new way forward for Kubernetes multi-cluster application and data management

CAPE software radically simplifies critical Kubernetes functionality around disaster recovery, multi-cluster application deployment and data mobility.

Singapore, 17 August 2020 – Biqmind, a specialist in cloud-native software and services, today officially introduced CAPE, software designed to help DevOps and Development teams accelerate scaling Kubernetes by radically simplifying how they fulfil enterprise application requirements in Kubernetes in areas such as disaster recovery, multi-cluster application deployment and data protection.

Developers are frustrated by the steep learning curve and confusing array of supporting tools for Kubernetes. With CAPE, we are solving fundamental challenges slowing teams down in scaling Kubernetes for their organizations. 

CAPE abstracts critical Kubernetes and data management tasks required of enterprise applications to a single control plane with “point-and-click” simplicity. Teams using CAPE can focus on scaling Kubernetes to deliver real business impact.

Mark Mooney, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Product of Biqmind

CAPE enables “Clusters Across Platforms & Environments”. CAPE’s central control plane, provides access to advanced Kubernetes functionality for Disaster Recovery, Data Migration & Mobility, Multi-cluster Application Deployment and CI/CD. 

CAPE supports all major cloud platforms, on-premise, and edge environments. It can also be used with both self-managed or managed versions of Kubernetes platforms such as Red Hat OpenShift . 

CAPE has been added to the CNCF Cloud Native Landscape under the App Definition & Development Category.  

Ready to be your own Superhero?

Try CAPE now and enjoy 10 free nodes for life.

How to do backup and disaster recovery in Kubernetes

When it comes to backup and disaster recovery, there are several ways to snapshot applications and app data in Kubernetes. Let’s take a closer look at each approach for pros and cons. 

etcd backup


  • Etcd backups are full k8s manifest backups hence application level backup is not possible. So it’s either all or nothing backup
  • Also etcd backup will not take application data backup, hence additional tooling is required

Exporting kubernetes manifests manually

  • While this solution address application level backups issue, it’s manual an requires additional tooling to automate
  • Also application data backups are not possible

Storing in all kubernetes manifests in Git before applying

This is a preferred approach for repeatable deployments and backing up manifests but has some edge cases. let’s discuss the edge cases

  • Application data backups are not possible 
  • If there is a failed deployment just after you store generated manifest in git there should be additional mechanism to capture, revert or mark manifests as unstable release. This leads into creating special logic for handling different failed scenarios
  • Additional tooling/pipeline is required to generate manifests and store in Git
  • Also application data backups are not possible

Note: 

  • In all the above cases application data and k8s manifests mapping need to be tracked
  • Some of the attributes like image SHA (which is a true representation of immutability on a docker image) are only avaialble (in most cases) after application is deployed. All the methods above do not capture such attributes of a backup

Export and backup all objects in a namespace

Using tools like Velero to export and backup all objects in a namespace is by far my most preferred way to backup and restore Kubernetes workloads.

Why it works:

  • Velero can either take all namespaces backup or specific 
  • You can also filter applications withing namespaces or across namespaces for backup
  • Velero can backup exact state of workloads (ex:- docker image sha) 
  • Automation tools can simply call Velero api to trigger partial or full backups (along with application data)

This method does have some drawbacks:

  • Velero is designed for single tenancy, but ready-only mode for multi-clusters
  • No UI

Using CAPE by Biqmind

It was with all this in mind that we developed the disaster recovery component for CAPE, our tool for advanced K8s multi-cluster application & data management functionality. What does CAPE do then?

  • Designed for Single and Multi-Cluster: CAPE fills the gap and makes Velero work across multiple clusters
  • K8s without the steep learning curve: We know it’s difficult, so we built CAPE with a unifed console with a rich UX to make operations life easy in a secure way

I presented a webinar where I delve deeper about using Velero for disaster recovery and data migration – check it out on our YouTube channel.

Chakradhar Jonagam

CHakradhar Jonagam

Biqmind Head Software Architect and CNCF Ambassador

Chak has over 10 years of experience helping customers across the US and APAC unlock the value of cloud and related technologies for their businesses. Previously at Red Hat as a Senior Solutions Architect, Emerging Technologies practice, he worked with enterprise clients across the region on their solutions architectures and technical solution implementation strategies. Chak is also a Cloud Native Compute Foundation(CNCF) ambassador and passionate community advocate. He has presented at Devnation Federal, Red Hat Summit and organized meetups around the world.

Introducing CAPE!

We are excited to release CAPE v1.0.0 CAPE is a kubernetes operator for Multi-Cluster Application Deployment and Multi-Cluster Disaster Recovery!

CAPE is based on battle-tested kubernetes backup and disaster recovery tool Velero. This release primarily focuses on workload backup and restore features – read this article to learn more about backup and disaster recovery, then go try it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

Where can you get in touch with CAPE community?

There are a number of different places you can reach out to the CAPE community:

CAPE v1.0.0 features

Here’s what’s included and not in this version of CAPE:

FeatureSingle ClusterMultiple ClusterTarget release
Kubernetes application manifests backupsReadyReadyv1.0.0
OCP/OKD supportReadyReadyv1.0.0
Using same/different s3 based backend storage for application manifest backupsReadyReadyv1.0.0
DocumentationReadyReadyv1.0.0
Kubernetes application data backupsReadyReadyv1.0.0
RBAC / multi-tenancy basicReadyReadyv1.0.0
Combining different type of object storages when sharing backupsReadyNot Readyv1.1.0
Alicloud OSSReadyNot Supportedv1.0.0
Chakradhar Jonagam

CHakradhar Jonagam

Biqmind Head Software Architect and CNCF Ambassador

Chak has over 10 years of experience helping customers across the US and APAC unlock the value of cloud and related technologies for their businesses. Previously at Red Hat as a Senior Solutions Architect, Emerging Technologies practice, he worked with enterprise clients across the region on their solutions architectures and technical solution implementation strategies. Chak is also a Cloud Native Compute Foundation(CNCF) ambassador and passionate community advocate. He has presented at Devnation Federal, Red Hat Summit and organized meetups around the world.

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