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The Book of Kubernetes

A Complete Guide to Container Orchestration
by Alan Hohn
August 2022, 384 pp.


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Containers ensure that software runs reliably no matter where it’s deployed, and Kubernetes is the open-source platform that lets you manage all of your containers from a single control plane. In this comprehensive tour of Kubernetes, each chapter includes a set of examples with just enough automation to start your container exploration with ease.

The book begins with an overview of modern application architecture and the benefits of and requirements for containers and orchestration. It describes Linux control groups, process isolation, and network namespaces, and how to build container images. You'll then create containers, deploy and administer a Kubernetes cluster, and learn how to debug Kubernetes all the way down to the operating system and the network. You'll gain a deep understanding of containerization and Kubernetes, as well as how container networking works at the packet level across multiple nodes in a cluster. Along the way, you'll learn:

  • How containers make applications more reliable and easier to maintain
  • How to build a Kubernetes cluster and use it to run containerized applications
  • Why container networking is so important and how it works in detail
  • How to keep applications running well, and how to debug when things go wrong
  • How to keep a cluster secure with authentication and role-based access controls
Author Bio 

Alan Hohn is the Director for Software Strategy for Lockheed Martin, with 25 years of experience as a Lockheed Martin Fellow, software developer, architect, lead, and manager. He has delivered real applications to production in Ada, Java, Python, and Go, amongst others, and has worked with Linux since the early 1990s. He has led multiple software teams in modernization efforts, incorporating cloud, microservice architecture, and containerization on complex programs. He is an Agile and DevSecOps coach and is an experienced trainer for Java, Ansible, containers, software architecture, and Kubernetes. Alan has a degree in Computer Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Master's in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Why Containers Matter
Chapter 2: Process Isolation
Chapter 3: Resource Limiting
Chapter 4: Network Namespaces
Chapter 5: Container Images and Runtime Layers
Chapter 6: Why Kubernetes Matters
Chapter 7: Deploying Containers to Kubernetes
Chapter 8: Overlay Networks
Chapter 9: Service and Ingress Networks
Chapter 10: When Things Go Wrong
Chapter 11: Control Plane and Access Control
Chapter 12: Container Runtime
Chapter 13: Health Probes
Chapter 14: Limits and Quotas
Chapter 15: Persistent Storage
Chapter 16: Configuration and Secrets
Chapter 17: Custom Resources and Operators
Chapter 18: Affinity and Devices
Chapter 19: Tuning Quality of Service
Chapter 20: Application Resiliency

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"Looks great."
—Xander Soldaat, @XanderSoldaat, OpenShift Cloud Success Architect at Red Hat, Software Engineer

"Suggested read."
—Chris Short, @ChrisShort, Senior Developer Advocate at AWS, Kubernetes Contributor

“A hands-on guidebook to the inner workings of containers. Alan Hohn peels back the layers to provide a deep explanation of what a container is, how containerization changes the way programs run, and how Kubernetes provides computing, networking, and storage.”

“This book is a deep insight into the containers running in a Kubernetes cluster. I think it's essential for anyone who is interested in deeper learning into the containers orchestration. I appreciate the author's hard work and his depth of knowledge shared in this book.”
—RA, Amazon Reviewer

Extra Stuff 

Check out Alan Hohn's interview on the Packet Pushers podcast.


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