Rancher Labs has been acquired by SUSE

If you are surprised after reading that headline, you are not alone. This is big industry news, and I personally think there will be a couple of mixed feelings about this one. Similar to the IBM/Red Hat acquisition, people all over are wondering what they can expect from this change. Let’s unpack the story together to get some more context. Rancher Labs is a container-focused software company that started out providing Cattle, their own container orchestration engine. Like many other container companies, once Kubernetes won the container orchestration race, Rancher Labs switched over to the technology and are [...]

By |2020-07-10T10:33:23+02:00Jul 9th, 2020|Kubernetes, News|0 Comments

openInsight: Neil White on leading a technical team during COVID-19

COVID-19 provided some unique challenges to businesses, including LSD It was a pandemic in far-off places for a short while but in March 2020, COVID-19 made landfall in South Africa, forcing the country into lockdown. The way our world used to work is gone for now, where simple functions like on-site technical support or customer meetings became a risk seemingly overnight. Many companies were caught in the chaos of not being prepared to operate remotely. There were some businesses that relied on a physical presence in order to operate, but others could function fully-distributed - [...]

By |2020-07-28T12:15:26+02:00Jun 22nd, 2020|Covid-19, Thought Leadership|1 Comment

A new trip for LSD – Exiting EOH

A message to our awesome customers, partners and friends of the company We are pleased to announce that LSD Information Technology has been fully re-acquired from EOH by the original founders, with an effective date of 1st April 2020. This is an amicable arrangement between all parties with new value for clients who appreciate our innovative leadership in the open source space. LSD will continue to work with iOCO, EOH and their subsidiaries around delivering all existing client work and new shared opportunities, while also being open to partnering with other players in the industry [...]

By |2020-04-21T08:37:45+02:00Apr 21st, 2020|Life at LSD, News|0 Comments

Feedback: The #OpenDigital Meetup 25 March 2020

Just because we can’t go out, doesn’t mean we can’t be a community The first #OpenDigital Meetup took place on Wednesday, 25 March - and due to the current COVID-19 situation in South Africa, the call was made to take the event to a digital platform instead of cancelling or postponing it. Knowing about the current lockdown situation, we went ahead anyway and used this as an opportunity to learn and adapt how to engage with the community. ‘Pleasantly surprised’ is a complete understatement. Elastic APM - Tim Brophy (Elastic) Tim is the new man on [...]

Covid-19, the looming recession and the role of open source

The COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating global markets since the Coronavirus spread to the rest of the world in mid-January. Now with more than 170 countries reporting infections, many market signs are pointing to an economic downturn, similar or worse in scale to that of the recession in 2008. We’ve been thinking about the future of our business, the role it plays in the South African IT community and the impact Coronavirus has on not only us, but our people, clients, partners, and the market as a whole. Our DNA has always been open source, not [...]

By |2020-03-26T09:54:41+02:00Mar 26th, 2020|Covid-19, Life at LSD, Open Source|0 Comments

LSD challenges YOU to help with Covid-19 research!

Give your unused computing power to a great cause As open source tech hippies, we kept asking ourselves, what more can we do to help flatten the curve in the fight against Covid-19.  Our action plan, ( has our people working from home and meeting virtually, supporting staff and families with kids, ensuring people can and do self isolate. This is great (and to be frank, the minimum anyone should be doing), our tech minds kept saying, what else can we do... Folding@Home We came upon this project - ‘Folding@Home’, a distributed computing project from Pande [...]

By |2020-03-18T17:21:04+02:00Mar 18th, 2020|Life at LSD|0 Comments

The LSD Covid-19 Action Plan

What we're doing to flatten the curve In light of everything going on with regards to Covid-19, LSD created an Covid-19 action plan last week, and we thought it would be good to share to the rest of the family. For those not too familiar with our business unit, we fall under #OpenDigital and work on amazing open source solutions. We work out of the Waterfall office in Midrand, and have multiple resources deployed on customer sites. This is how we are approaching Covid-19 with our action plan. Feel free to copy, modify or use this [...]

By |2020-03-18T17:21:49+02:00Mar 16th, 2020|Life at LSD|0 Comments

Solution focus – Containerization

First off, here's our expert LSD loves containers, which is why it forms the basis of many of our open source solutions. We do feel that we could explain it a little better to educate and inspire some critical thinking about your infrastructure. For that reason, we’ve put together this piece with the help of our resident container expert - Andrew ‘Mac’ McIver. Mac got into the Linux world when he was working for a retail chain that had to choose between renewing the licenses of their point-of-sale operating system or going open source with Linux. [...]

By |2020-03-02T13:32:36+02:00Mar 2nd, 2020|Containerization, Solution Focus|0 Comments

Solution focus – Infrastructure Automation

Automation is big part of LSD's solution toolbox, so we decided to have a closer look at it and hopefully explain the concept in a little more detail. There are a ton of questions that typically come up from customers and people interested in the solution, which can be answered in enough detail to write an informative post filled with the right answers. To do that, we roped in one of our automation experts, Andrew Hill (aka "Krow" in-house) to answer some common questions and give some insight on infrastructure automation projects. A little bit about [...]

By |2020-02-13T09:17:36+02:00Feb 12th, 2020|Automation, Solution Focus|0 Comments