Detroit Kubernetes: Kubernetes Cron Jobs

I spoke at Detroit Kubernetes, Docker & all related things about Kubernetes Cron Jobs. The talk was more like an explanation with a demo. My demo skills are non-existent so I needed to build those a little. Overall, the demo went well. But, I feel like the zoom feature in Visual Studio Code needs some work. I ended up in iTerm2 using vim to make up for the oddities VSCode threw at me. [Read More]

Kubernetes Cron Jobs: Dreams Really Do Come True

Abstract I worked for a large company with several hundred cron jobs running on two systems. Managing these jobs was cumbersome. Resource use during peak times brought things to a halt. Imagine what it was like when systems were down! In this talk, we discuss Kubernetes’ killer feature: Cron Jobs. Description Kubernetes, Jobs, and Cron Jobs What is Kubernetes? Kubernetes has the concept of Jobs Kubernetes Cron Jobs are a relatively new thing Use Case Former employer had several hundred cron jobs running on two systems Resource contention during peak times brought the systems to a halt If one cron job didn’t run it was hard to determine what task failed or didn’t run based on user tickets Chaos if the systems were offline for one reason or another Using minikube and Docker running locally… [Read More]

Kubernetes: Cron Jobs

One of the reasons I stood up a Kubernetes cluster on Raspberry Pis in my house was because of the savings I wanted to gain by not running high-available, redundant infrastructure in the cloud. Kubernetes provides high-availability by design. It’s pretty awesome the possibilities that exist given this capability. Need a web server to constantly run? Build a container and throw it in the Kubernetes cluster. Need a service available all the time? [Read More]

Chris Short named Cloud Native Ambassador

While I was in Austin for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2017 I was told about the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Ambassador program. After reading up on it and experiencing the first day of the conference I decided to apply to become a Cloud Native Ambassador. The responsibilities are right in line with what I’m trying to do in Detroit. I would love to continue my community building around cloud native and open source projects. [Read More]

My Raspberry Pi Kubernetes Cluster

For many months, I have wanted a Kubernetes cluster of my very own. One that I can tinker with, break, rebuild, and deploy services to. In the fall of 2017, I decided to stand up a three node cluster in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). It was nice and shiny and Googly but it wasn’t cheap. Totaling almost $40/month to run I was envious of my friends who have virtually unlimited access to cloud compute. [Read More]

What I Learned in 2017

A former co-worker and now friend used to have a tagline, “Everyday is a school day.” I remind myself of this fact nearly every time I learn something new. 2017 was arduous and mentally challenging. But, I did pull out some golden nuggets while reflecting back these past few weeks. I’d like to share some things I picked up on on this most recent journey around the sun we call 2017. [Read More]