This release lays the foundation for future improvements to your Airy instance, as well as facilitating an easier way to secure your Airy Core installation. It also adds some flare to the user experience within the UI by enabling emoji reactions to messages from Facebook users.
Reorganizing Helm Charts
So far during the setup of Airy Core, we had our own helm container image, where we also bundled the helm charts for the installation. In the latest release, we changed this approach in a way that we are now using a generic alpine/helm image and publishing the individual helm charts in an S3 bucket.
This approach will help us with several infrastructure features, which we will continue to work on for the next few releases:
- Creating a generic helm installation tutorial for people who have their own Kafka cluster, have their own Kubernetes cluster and/or would like to use their own Kubernetes ingress controller
- Make it possible for people to create multiple Airy Core installations in a single Kubernetes cluster
- Create the
airy upgradecommand which will take care of upgrading an existing installation of Airy Core
HTTPS inside Kubernetes
When deploying Airy Core on AWS or in the cloud in general, using HTTPS is a must. Previously, we provided a way in our docs to add your own certificate to the AWS Certificates Manager and patch the service and ingress controller in your Airy Core in order for the LoadBalancer to use the certificate.
In the latest release however, we have included an optional ingress controller which has Let's Encrypt functionality bundled. With this option, valid HTTPS certificates are created and renewed automatically.
There are two prerequisites for enabling Let's Encrypt in your Airy Core instance:
- The fully qualified domain name (FPDN) or the public hostname on which Airy Core will be accessible
- An e-mail address, required by Let's Encrypt in order to generate the certificate
When a new Airy Core instance is created, you can add these parameters to the
airy.yaml file and then follow the Airy Core documentation on how to complete the installation and the setup.
Adding Facebook emoji reaction metadata
This release introduced an exciting feature for Airy users who have Facebook Business Pages connected to their instance: adding Facebook emoji reaction metadata. With this improvement, we are informed when Facebook users react to messages with emojis; for example: a heart or thumbs up emoji. This feature can be used to optimize our connection with customers and get real-time feedback.