In the first article in this series, we gave you some questions to help you and others at your company decide if Kubernetes is right for you. In this post, we’ll give you an example of where Kubernetes can be a good fit.
When you’re considering whether or not to implement Kubernetes, perhaps the first question to ask yourself is do you need it at all?
The point of any technology isn’t the technology itself. When done right, Kubernetes can reduce the barrier of entry for application developers so they can get features from their machines to your customers as quickly and easily as possible. But do you already have a solution that works well? If you do, why do you want to change it? Making such a radical change in your technology is potentially quite dangerous so what’s your motivation?
It very well might be that sticking with and improving the solution you already have offers a better cost/benefit tradeoff. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that simply adopting a new technology like Kubernetes will instantly solve your hard organizational or technical problems, however, we know that is seldom true.
In this blog post we’ll share some tips and tricks for evaluating your own situation to see if Kubernetes is a good fit. We’ve learned these from helping hundreds of customers adopt Kubernetes — in addition to not, when there was a better solution available. We’ll see that the question isn’t that simple to answer and there are a lot of variables to consider. In the next blog post, we’ll talk about a situation where Kubernetes can be a good fit and how to start your first Kubernetes project.
Note that these blog posts assume you already have some familiarity with Kubernetes. If you are just starting to learn, our Getting Started with Kubernetes blog series is a good place to start.
Going from a containerized application to a service running in the cloud requires a few steps beyond an application’s normal build-and-test cycle. Namely, it means building and publishing a container image in a registry and then consuming that image from your target environment, whether that’s Kubernetes, Amazon ECS, or another container orchestrator. It’s not enough to just write a
Dockerfile — you will need to pick a container registry, decide whether that registry should be public or private, authenticate against it, and ideally automate deploying subsequent updates. Infrastructure as code to the rescue! In this article, we’ll see how to build, publish, and consume a simple container image across any cloud, using just a few lines of code.
Amazon announced several Elastic Kubernetes Service feature releases and updates during the first week of AWS re:Invent 2020. If we look at all the announcements as a whole, we can see the Kubernetes ecosystem maturing to make deployments and management easier for organizations. Let’s take a look at how they can benefit your use of EKS.
As Kubernetes grows in popularity, the number of options for Kubernetes users continues to increase. Providers of managed Kubernetes offerings will often learn lessons about operating large numbers of clusters at scale; it’s increasingly common that they will contribute this knowledge back to the ecosystem, allowing those organizations who need more control and flexibility to reap the benefits.
With the announcement of the Amazon EKS Distro during AWS re:Invent, the Amazon EKS team has contributed back to the cloud-native community in a big way. In this post, we’ll take a brief look at what the Amazon EKS Distro is, explore why you might choose this over current managed service offerings and finally, explore how you can get started with the Amazon EKS Distro on day 1 using Pulumi.
In software development, an anti-pattern is defined as an apparent solution that has unintended or negative consequences. The other side of anti-patterns is that they also offer solutions. Let’s look at container and Kubernetes anti-patterns and how to avoid them with infrastructure as code.
In this blog post, we return to the PERN application we previously migrated to Kubernetes and replace the PostgreSQL database with MongoDB. Although it might seem like a difficult task initially, the straightforward design of Pulumi and Kubernetes allows us to easily transition the application form a PERN stack to a MERN one.
In this blog post, we will explore and demonstrate the advantages of Kubernetes by converting and deploying our PERN application to Amazon EKS. With the help of Pulumi, the process becomes greatly simplified and allows us to focus more on the big picture of designing our cloud architecture.
This guest blog was contributed by Andrew Kunzel and Michael Goode of Pinpoint. Andrew is the Director of Backend Engineering, and Michael is a Platform Operations Engineer.
At Pinpoint, Kubernetes is the most powerful tool in our arsenal. It allows us to deploy and rapidly scale our applications with speed and efficiency that continues to delight our customers. In recent years, managed services like AWS EKS have made it easier than ever to leverage the power of Kubernetes in even the smallest of organizations. Yet even with these new conveniences, managing all of this infrastructure can be a daunting task. Right out of the gate, we knew that we wanted to avoid the burden of maintaining repositories full of home-brewed deployment scripts and domain-specific languages like YAML.
Kubernetes developers and operators work together to manage workloads and to continuously ship software through CI/CD. These users have an affinity for automation and pipelines, and richer integration with Kubernetes is a growing theme across the cloud native ecosystem.
We’re excited to introduce the Pulumi Kubernetes Operator: a Kubernetes controller that deploys cloud infrastructure in Pulumi Stacks for you and your team.
These program stacks include virtual machines, block storage, managed Kubernetes clusters, API resources, serverless functions and more!