Komodor Launches Open Source Project ‘Helm Dashboard’ to Visualize and Understand Helm
DETROIT–Komodor, the troubleshooting platform dedicated to Kubernetes, today released Helm Dashboard at KubeCon North America to provide the missing Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Helm – the most popular way to package and deploy Kubernetes applications. Helm Dashboard is an open source project that runs locally and opens in the browser so that developers can instantly visualize which Helm deployments failed and what resources were the root cause. With the click of a button, developers can explore how a Helm Chart changed over time, rollback to a prior version, or update to the latest version to maintain business continuity.
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“We want to build tools that reduce the complexity of Kubernetes,” said Itiel Shwartz, CTO and Co-Founder of Komodor. “Helm is super powerful and all of our customers are using it – but it is very hard to understand because it does so many things: templating, packaging, controlling. It is simply a nightmare when things go wrong.”
Common issues with Helm include the wrong version of the image being installed, incorrect resource limits, misconfigurations of secrets, and other concerns. Developers typically navigate these issues with the Helm CLI in order to understand what is going on within their application or cluster, which can be tedious and requires multiple commands that quickly become untenable at scale. Helm Dashboard helps developers quickly understand whether a given Helm Chart is healthy or unhealthy, provides a diff that highlights what changed within the yaml files between deployments, and then enables the developer to take action and apply a hotfix with the click of a button.
Helm Dashboard will also integrate with open source code scanners such as Checkov and Trivy. Checkov is a cloud infrastructure security scanner created by Bridgecrew that identifies misconfigurations before they’re deployed to production; Trivy is the fastest way for DevOps teams to get started with application vulnerability scanning created by Aqua Security. By integrating with Helm Dashboard, developers can be notified about misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and policy violations within Helm at the earliest possible moment within the software development lifecycle (SDLC): while they are coding on their local workstation.
“We’re excited to integrate Trivy with Helm Dashboard in order to scan and visualize security issues within Helm Charts,” said Amir Jerbi, CTO and Co-Founder of Aqua Security. “The Komodor team is doing a great job helping engineers retain control over their Kubernetes environments — Helm is notoriously difficult to troubleshoot and this will benefit any engineer building with Kubernetes.”
Helm Dashboard was co-created by Itiel Shwartz, CTO & Co-Founder of Komodor who worked previously as an engineer at eBay; and Andrei Pokhilko, Head of Open Source at Komodor who previously co-founded UP9 Inc. and has created numerous open source projects. Earlier this year, Komodor also launched the open source project ValidKube which helps developers quickly validate, clean, and secure their Kubernetes YAML code with Aqua Security as a partner. In less than a year, ValidKube has 25,000 users and 400 GitHub stars.
Get started with Helm Dashboard today: https://github.com/komodorio/helm-dashboard
Komodor is a Kubernetes-native platform that empowers developers and on-call teams to troubleshoot efficiently and independently. By providing a centralized view of all code, configurations, and 3rd-party app changes across the entire Kubernetes stack, Komodor offers contextual insights that help developers easily detect root causes, rapidly solve issues, and innovate with confidence.