Hands-On Kubernetes on Azure - Second Edition

By Nills Franssens , Shivakumar Gopalakrishnan , Gunther Lenz
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  1. Section 1: The Basics

About this book

From managing versioning efficiently to improving security and portability, technologies such as Kubernetes and Docker have greatly helped cloud deployments and application development.

Starting with an introduction to Docker, Kubernetes, and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), this book will guide you through deploying an AKS cluster in different ways. You’ll then explore the Azure portal by deploying a sample guestbook application on AKS and installing complex Kubernetes apps using Helm. With the help of real-world examples, you'll also get to grips with scaling your application and cluster. As you advance, you'll understand how to overcome common challenges in AKS and secure your application with HTTPS and Azure AD (Active Directory). Finally, you’ll explore serverless functions such as HTTP triggered Azure functions and queue triggered functions.

By the end of this Kubernetes book, you’ll be well-versed with the fundamentals of Azure Kubernetes Service and be able to deploy containerized workloads on Microsoft Azure with minimal management overhead.

Publication date:
May 2020


Section 1: The Basics

In Section 1 of this book, we will cover the basic concepts that you need to understand in order to follow the examples in this book.

We will start this section by explaining the basics of these underlying concepts, such as Docker and Kubernetes. Then, we will explain how to create a Kubernetes cluster on Azure and deploy an example application.

When you finish this section, you will have a baseline foundational knowledge of Docker and Kubernetes and a Kubernetes cluster up and running in Azure that will allow you to follow the examples in this book.

This section contains the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Introduction to Docker and Kubernetes
  • Chapter 2, Kubernetes on Azure (AKS)

About the Authors

  • Nills Franssens

    Nills Franssens is a technology enthusiast and a specialist in multiple open source technologies. He has been working with public cloud technologies since 2013. In his current position as senior cloud solution architect at Microsoft, he works with Microsoft’s strategic customers on their cloud adoption. He has enabled multiple customers in their migration to Azure. One of these migrations was the migration and replatforming of a major public website to Kubernetes. Outside of Kubernetes, Nills’s areas of expertise are networking and storage in Azure. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. When he’s not working, you can find Nills playing board games with his wife Kelly and friends, or running one of the many trails in San Jose, California.

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  • Shivakumar Gopalakrishnan

    Shivakumar Gopalakrishnan is a DevOps architect at Varian Medical Systems. He has introduced Docker, Kubernetes, and other cloud-native tools to Varian's product development work to enable an everything-as-code approach. He is highly experienced in software development in a variety of fields, including networking, storage, medical imaging, and DevOps. He has developed scalable storage appliances for medical imaging needs and helped architect cloud ease solutions. He has enabled teams in large, highly regulated medical enterprises to adopt modern Agile/DevOps methodologies. He holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, and a Master's degree in science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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  • Gunther Lenz

    Gunther Lenz is the Senior Director of the Technology Office at Varian. He is an innovative software research and development leader, an architect, an MBA graduate, a published author, a public speaker, and a strategic tech visionary with over 20 years' experience. He has successfully led large, innovative, and transformational software development and DevOps teams of 50+ members. He has defined and led teams throughout the entire software product life cycle using ground-breaking processes, tools, and technologies. He was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Software Architecture (one of the only 180 globally) from 2005 to 2008. Gunther has published two books: .NET-A Complete Development Cycle and Practical Software Factories in .NET.

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