VSHN.timer #118: Kubernetes The Easy Way

22. Nov 2021

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about various services dramatically simplifying Kubernetes bootstrap and management.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/kubernetes/comments/qlb5xd/yaml_strikes_again/

1. Long gone is the time when Kelsey Hightower explained us how to Kubernetes the Hard Way. Many cloud providers offer nowadays one-click solutions to create new clusters with ease and convenience. We already knew about GKE Autopilot or Exoscale’s SKS. And now Microsoft just announced Azure Container Apps, a serverless service to run containers at scale as easy as possible, built on top of the Azure Kubernetes Service.


2. Das Schiff is Deutsche Telekom Technik’s engine for Kubernetes Clusters as a Service (CaaS) in any hyperscaler, VMs or bare metal.


3. Are you a Hetzner Cloud user? Then k-andy is for you: an open source Terraform module ready to install a high availability k3s cluster in a private network on Hetzner Cloud.


4. Here is another opinionated Terraform & Ansible template to install a k3s cluster at home, this time backed with Flux and SOPS. A favorite choice among IoT and Edge aficionados.


5. If all you need is a just a quick cluster in your laptop, for developing or testing a Cloud Native app, there are plenty of options: SUSE’s k3s, k0s, kind, Canonical’s MicroK8s, Minikube, Red Hat’s CRC… Just read this comparison and choose the best one for you.


What is your favorite mechanism to quickly setup a Kubernetes cluster? Are you a k3s or a Minikube person? Would you like to share your own Terraform or Ansible templates with the community? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.

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PS3: check out our previous VSHN.timer editions about Kubernetes: #4, #8, #11, #14, #16, #19, #23, #37, #46, #49, #59, #64, #74, #82, #97, #99, #102, and #109.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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