What is Kubernetes?

Container Orchestration Solution

Automates the deployment and management of containers

Why Kubernetes?

  • Fastest growing community
  • One of the top GitHub projects
  • Aggregates Googles knowledge of the past years
  • Better design decisions and implementations than competitors

Move fast and break things!

Why container orchestration?

  • Managing applications is hard
  • Packaging applications is even harder
  • Deploying applications is cumbersome

Automation is key!

What does Kubernetes offer?

  • Pods based on immutable Docker images
  • Deployments managing application updates
  • Persistent Storage
  • DNS Resolution for Services
  • Secret Management
  • Config Management

All of this via a "simple" REST API!

What is k8s handling for us?

  • Scheduling ✔
  • Networking ✔
  • Storage ✔
  • Rolling Update ✔
  • Autoscaling ✔

Kubernetes Architecture

Kubernetes Terminology

Pods and Container

Pod is the smallest unit in Kubernetes

  • Pod can consist of multiple containers
  • All containers of a pod run on the same node
  • Containers in a pod can communicate via localhost
  • Containers in a pod share a kernel namespace


Services abstract access to Pods

  • Selection of Pods via Labels
  • Typically only cluster internal access
kind: Service
apiVersion: v1
  name: "example-service-prod"
    app: "example-app"
    env: "production"
    - protocol: "TCP"
      name: http
      port: 80
      targetPort: 8080


Ingress allows external access to Services

  • Hostname
  • URL
  • HTTPS possible
  • TCP/UDP support in the future
apiVersion: networking.k8s.io/v1beta1
kind: Ingress
  name: "echo-ingress"
    serviceName: "echoheaders"
    servicePort: http
    - hosts:
      - "echo.example.com"
      secretName: "echo-tls"


Manages a set of Pods

  • De facto standard for deploying applications
  • Manages multiple iterations of an application
  • Creates a ReplicaSets for each release
  • Allows rollback to a previous release when desired

Persistent Volume Claim

Requests for persistent Storage

  • Automatic provisioning in Azure Cloud
  • Different requirements via StorageClass


Separation of consumers/environments

  • Resource Quotas
  • All resources are attached to a namespace
  • RBAC makes sharing of namespaces possible

Common CLI commands


  • CLI for everything
  • Short for kube control
  • Some believe it is pronounced kube-cuddlecuttle

kubectl create

Create resources in Kubernetes

  • Definition in YAML or JSON
  • Validation in kubectl client
kubectl create -f pod.yaml
kubectl create -f http://example.com/pod.yaml
cat pod.yaml | kubectl create -f -
kubectl create -R -f dir/

kubectl get

List Kubernetes resources

  • Different output formats
  • Filtering via labels possible
kubectl get all
kubectl get pods
kubectl get deploy
kubectl get pods -o wide
kubectl get all -l env=production
kubectl get po/nodejs-ex -o yaml

kubectl edit

Edit resource definitions

  • Validation in kubectl client
  • Suitable for debugging
kubectl edit deploy/nodejs-ex

kubectl delete

Deletion of resources

kubectl delete deploy/nodejs-ex