Bowery, a modern farming company, shares their story about how Nomad powers their data engineers to optimize the production process from germination to harvest.
In the early days of Bowery, there was no dedicated DevOps resource, and each team had adopted their own methodologies and tools. The variety of workflows across development teams were causing challenges with reliability and velocity at scale. The data science team in particular was struggling with deployment processes and runtime failures. This team, which builds production-facing data products that monitor the agricultural and operational functions in Bowery’s network of indoor vertical farms, is central to Bowery’s vision as well as its day-to-day operation.
Moreover, Bowery is built around hybrid infrastructure - public cloud and on-prem. Central services are hosted on public cloud. Each Bowery farm is also equipped with physical bare metal servers, which help facilitate the daily high-compute workloads needed to cultivate the produce. The stability issues were further exacerbated with a lack of visibility and complexity of deploying applications to two entirely different environments.
- A fragile deployment pipeline caused runtime failures of data services in production
- Took up to a week to deploy a new service into production
- Overprovisioning of resources to deploy applications
Bowery Farming has adopted HashiCorp Nomad along with Consul to automate and standardize its application deployment workflow. Nomad’s lightweight single binary and agent made it possible for Bowery to deploy a Nomad client at each edge location and build one single cluster across their distributed infrastructures. Unlike other orchestrators whose complexity requires separate clusters in each edge location, Nomad enables a simple topology with less management and resource overhead. Nomad also provides a single monitoring and control plane for all of Bowery’s applications with the ability to deploy services freely to the cloud or to a specific farm at the edge at any time.
» Business Outcomes
- Fast time to value, from POC to deploy Nomad in production in 2 weeks
- Increased deployment velocity from a week to 2 hours to deploy a new application
- Improved operational efficiency with 1 SRE to manage Nomad in part-time
- Reduce hardware cost with 7x improvement in resource utilization
- Enabled effortless deployment in hybrid and edge environments
» About Bowery Farming
Bowery Farming, the modern farming company, was founded in 2015 with the belief that technology and human ingenuity can grow better food for a better future. Bowery’s proprietary software system, BoweryOS, uses vision systems, automation technology, and machine learning to monitor plants and all the variables that drive their growth 24/7. Because Bowery controls the entire process from seed to store, farms grow produce year-round, ensuring a safer supply of food that’s reliable and consistent. The farms are 100+ times more productive on the same footprint of land than traditional agriculture and grow traceable produce with zero pesticides. Nomad powers their data engineers to optimize the production process from germination to harvest.
» Bowery Farming Partner
John Spencer was born and raised in Oakland, CA. After moving to NYC to pursue a music degree in jazz drum set, John took an intro to computer science course and fell in love. He now spends his time automating the software systems which operate the world's most advanced indoor farms, while still finding time to play drums in punk rock bands.