Month: July 2020

Running Kubernetes — Selecting Tools & Supporting Clusters

Posted by on July 08, 2020


For many, the concept of Kubernetes is dense enough without even beginning to dive into the topic of clusters, or the various tools that can accompany this open-source system.

That being the case, we’ve taken the time to simplify the topic of selecting the best Kubernetes tools with a special emphasis on supporting clusters, so you can create the most ideal solution for your organization without giving yourself a headache in the process.


What Is Kubernetes?


Kubernetes is essentially a container platform that automates many of the processes associated with actions like application deployment and management. One of the huge advantages of Kubernetes is its ability to run a cluster—this is a set of nodes (or computers) completing objectives directed by the control plane. The nodes in a cluster do not need to be physically connected, and the possibilities for a Kubernetes cluster are virtually endless, but it can feel daunting to try and select the right tools for this highly advanced technology.

We’ve outlined some of the most useful processes to streamline the task of selecting Kubernetes tools so you can be certain to wind up with solutions that align with your organization’s needs.


Considerations for Cluster Administration


Before you can choose the right tools for your Kubernetes clusters, you need to ask yourself a series of questions. For example, are you hoping to build a multi-node cluster, or are you intending to test out Kubernetes on a single machine first?

Another important question is whether you plan to host your own cluster, or if you intend to utilize a host service; some hosted Kubernetes platforms worth researching including Google Kubernetes Engine, Azure Kubernetes Service, Amazon Elastic Container Service, and IBM’s Cloud container.

There are a number of other considerations that must be mulled over before even planning a cluster, so it’s important to hammer out the details of how you want to handle administration prior to setting up a cluster.


 Types of Kubernetes Tools for Supporting Clusters


In addition to hosting platforms mentioned above, there are a number of types of tools you can consider for enhancing the benefits you enjoy from Kubernetes. These types of tools include:

●      Monitoring tools — These give you insight into resource usage, providing data about every container in a server so you can maximize the efficiency of your clusters.

●      Security tools — Kubernetes containers have many layers that need to be protected in order for clusters to be truly secure; this means that specialized security tools are an important investment, particularly if there is sensitive data on nodes.

●      Deployment tools — Whether you want to utilize continuous deployment or you simply want an efficient way to manage applications in your clusters, there is a Kubernetes deployment tool that will give you the power to achieve your goals.

●      CLI tools — If you will be switching between clusters often or want to avoid excessively complicated commands, a CLI tool can streamline your Kubernetes experience and provide a more efficient workflow.

●      Serverless tools — These tools give you the ability to trigger responses to specific events so that you can auto-scale, troubleshoot, and more with very little manual intervention. The result is a highly efficient system that doesn’t get bottlenecked at critical moments.

While each of these types of Kubernetes tools might not be necessary for your specific applications, there’s also a chance that you’ll want to utilize all of them in order to ensure that you’re maximizing the true potential of your clusters.

Kubernetes clusters allow you to automate and streamline processes that may have previously felt impossibly cumbersome; it might not be easy to select the right tools for supporting your Kubernetes cluster, but if you take a methodical approach to the subject, you’ll find that you can arrive at the best solutions for your needs. For assistance navigating any of the complicated topics related to Kubernetes, reach out to Rivet Logic.