Hands-on Kubernetes on Azure - Third Edition

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

About this book

Containers and Kubernetes containers facilitate cloud deployments and application development by enabling efficient versioning with improved security and portability.

With updated chapters on role-based access control, pod identity, storing secrets, and network security in AKS, this third edition begins by introducing you to containers, Kubernetes, and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and guides you through deploying an AKS cluster in different ways. You will then delve into the specifics of Kubernetes 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 applications and clusters.

As you advance, you'll learn how to overcome common challenges in AKS and secure your applications with HTTPS. You will also learn how to secure your clusters and applications in a dedicated section on security. In the final section, you’ll learn about advanced integrations, which give you the ability to create Azure databases and run serverless functions on AKS as well as the ability to integrate AKS with a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline using GitHub Actions.

By the end of this Kubernetes book, you will be proficient in deploying containerized workloads on Microsoft Azure with minimal management overhead.

Publication date:
May 2021


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 containers and Kubernetes. Then, we will explain how to create a Kubernetes cluster on Azure and deploy an example application.

By the time you have finished this section, you will have a foundational knowledge of containers and Kubernetes and will have 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 containers and Kubernetes
  • Chapter 2, Getting started with Azure Kubernetes Service

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 a Principal Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft, he works with Microsoft's strategic customers on their cloud adoption. He has worked with multiple customers in migrating applications to run on Kubernetes on Azure. Nills' areas of expertise are Kubernetes, networking, and storage in Azure. 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 DevOps architect at Varian Medical Systems. He has introduced Docker, Kubernetes, and other cloud-native tools to Varian product development to enable "Everything as Code". He has years of software development experience in a wide variety of fields, including networking, storage, medical imaging, and currently, DevOps. He has worked to develop scalable storage appliances specifically tuned for medical imaging needs and has helped architect cloud-native solutions for delivering modular AngularJS applications backed by microservices. He has spoken at multiple events on incorporating AI and machine learning in DevOps to enable a culture of learning in large enterprises. He has helped teams in highly regulated large medical enterprises adopt modern agile/DevOps methodologies, including the "You build it, you run it" model. He has defined and leads the implementation of a DevOps roadmap that transforms traditional teams to teams that seamlessly adopt security- and quality-first approaches using CI/CD tools. He holds a bachelor of engineering degree from College of Engineering, Guindy, and a Master of Science degree from University of Maryland, College Park.

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  • Gunther Lenz

    Gunther Lenz is senior director of the technology office at Varian. He is an innovative software R&D leader, architect, MBA, published author, public speaker, and strategic technology visionary with more than 20 years of experience. He has a proven track record of successfully leading large, innovative, and transformational software development and DevOps teams of more than 50 people, with a focus on continuous improvement. He has defined and lead distributed teams throughout the entire software product lifecycle by leveraging groundbreaking processes, tools, and technologies such as the cloud, DevOps, lean/agile, microservices architecture, digital transformation, software platforms, AI, and distributed machine learning. He was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Software Architecture (2005-2008). Gunther has published two books, .NET – A Complete Development Cycle and Practical Software Factories in .NET.

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