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2021 in Review: a message from LSD

It’s been a year!

We hope that you’re doing okay and keeping safe and that there’s some time off on the cards for you over the festive season. Before you unplug and go off the grid, we’d like to take a moment to look back at LSD’s year with you.

Since our departure from EOH last year, we’ve been spending a lot of time working on who we are as a company and where LSD wants to be in the future. Our team grew to 40 amazingly talented people, a record number for us. We doubled down on Kubernetes and launched our own fully managed Kubernetes platform as a service, which has been really well received by our clients.

Deciding on Kubernetes and cloud native was an easy choice based on the team’s skillset and our history with open source technologies. To grow a step further in that direction, we decided to buff our skills even further in the field by encouraging multiple team members to successfully achieve Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) and Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) status. Together, they enabled LSD to become a Kubernetes Certified Services Provider (KCSP) and a silver member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

We are also part of a wider cloud native ecosystem and placed focus on growing key relationships here with partners that have been there from the start, and some new ones that we met along the way. This year was a monumental year for partnerships – from achieving our Red Hat Certified Cloud and Services Provider (CCSP), GitLab Select and Managed Services Partner and SUSE Managed Services Partner statuses – to growing fresh relationships with partners like Snyk.

LSD also made a splash in the news with some of our dealings in cryptocurrency earlier this year, where we brought Bitcoin onto our books as a store of value and rolled out the LSD Stimulus Package, an initiative to start our team members off with an investment into a managed cryptocurrency account through BitFund.

This year also saw the launch of AHOY, an LSD-developed open source release manager for Kubernetes, based on Argo and Helm. It’s something that we’re really proud of and can’t wait to see people solving problems with it. Next year, we are planning on adding even more features to the tool and showing it off on some bigger platforms to spread awareness.

Right at the end of the year, LSD struck another highlight by winning the Red Hat Hackfest, an international competition where teams create end-to-end solutions over a four week period. Team LSD, consisting of Seagyn Davis who bravely led the team through uncharted waters, Julian Gericke and other highly skilled LSDians, wowed the judges with their amazing skills and bagged the number one spot. We are very proud of you!

As you can see, it was a big year from a work point of view, but we also had a lot of fun along the way and expect to do even more cool things next year. Thank you for your role in making LSD what it is today, we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to doing even bigger things and building more meaningful relationships together next year. Enjoy your festive season break, take care of yourselves and stay safe.

See you in 2022,

The LSD Team

I'm the marketing plug-in and resident golden retriever at LSD Open. You can find me making a lot of noise about how cool Cloud Native is or catch me at a Tech & Tie-dye Meetup event!

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