Object-based storage provides a cost-effective, scalable, and durable storage solution for substantial amounts of data. In addition, it adds levels of scalability and efficiency for vast quantities of data that block storage cannot achieve without sacrificing durability and performance. First, let’s look at what object storage is and how it works. Then we’ll review some benefits and use cases.
Webhooks are an essential building block in our modern cloud ecosystem. They are used to feed real-time data from one app into another by responding to a triggered event and are used for all kinds of notification and automation systems.
Vault protects and secures access to multiple types of confidential data. It stores and manages sensitive password information, API keys, and access tokens that exist in a low trust environment and generates dynamic access to authenticate users to ensure they have authorized ingress and availability to a file, location, service, or application.
A Kubernetes Secret is an object that enables us to store and manage sensitive information. A Secret can contain data like SSH keys, OAuth data, or other user authentication information like passwords. It is typically stored within a cluster in a manner native to Kubernetes. Using a Secret object provides more granular control over how highly sensitive data is used. It also lowers the risk of data exposure to unauthorized parties.
KubeKey is the newest Kubernetes installer for KubeSphere. KubeSphere is a distributed OS management system for cloud-native applications using Kubernetes as its kernel. It provides a plug-and-play structure for seamless integration of many third-party applications. It is somewhat similar in nature to MiniKube for installing Kubernetes.
Initially developed by Datawire, Telepresence is a new open-source tool supported by the CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation). It allows developers to run local software while connected to a remote Kubernetes cluster. The application uses a two-way network proxy to simulate TCP connections, environmental variables, and other volumes of services as local processes. This link allows for remote work to be accomplished while seemingly local to the cluster via the proxied connection.
K3s is an official Cloud Native Computing Foundation sandbox project that brings a lightweight, fully compliant Kubernetes distribution designed for lower resource production models like remote locations or on an IoT device. When used in conjunction with Rancher, K3s can easily be managed from within the Rancher orchestration platform.
A service mesh is an additional infrastructure layer that provides a means of communication between all services in a given application. It is typically deployed as a series of proxies alongside each service instance. Since the service mesh proxies are deployed alongside the application services and not as part of it, they are often referred to as sidecars. This means that as a whole, these sidecar proxies are a mesh network and an infrastructure layer separate from the application. A service mesh not only brokers communication between all services in an application but, since all requests, both internal and external, pass through it, it provides a means for handling many tasks that can be obfuscated away from the application.
The web-based Kubernetes console is an interface that provides information about the state of the Kubernetes cluster. The dashboard is also used for deploying containerized applications as well as for general cluster resource management. Traditionally, kubectl is primarily used in the terminal for nearly all cluster related tasks. Still, it is useful to have a visual representation of our cluster in a user-friendly interface. To install the dashboard, kubectl needs to be installed and running on the server.
In this article, we review what Kubernetes and Kubeadm are, how to install, create a cluster, and set up worker nodes using Kubeadm. If you are not yet familiar with Kubernetes, we recommend reading our article on the fundamental basics of Kubernetes.