Kubernetes: Up and Running
Dive into the Future of Infrastructure
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2015
Pages: 300

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Legend has it that Google deploys over a billion application containers a week. How is that possible? The company decided to share the process through an open source project called Kubernetes, which replicates many of the features found in its internal system. This practical book will prepare you to take advantage of everything the Kubernetes platform has to offer.

Rather than an exact copy of its internal Borg system, Kubernetes is an upgrade based on lessons Google learned over the last decade. Kubernetes is also designed to integrate with the most robust container ecosystem: Docker. Developers and Ops practitioners can easily deploy a demo Kubernetes environment and kick the tires, but when it comes time to scale to hundreds of nodes, you’re going to need a reliable field guide.

Kubernetes: Up and Running will help you:

  • Learn how to make zero down-time application deployments with Kubernetes
  • Track metrics and logs for every container running in your cluster
  • Discover patterns for running large-scale application deployments that work for big players such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Explore topics including Kubernetes components (kubelet, API, scheduler, replication controllers); containers; distributed computing; service discovery; and continuous delivery

Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech, and enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people smile. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch him giving technical workshops covering everything from programming to system administration.

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3.0

Promising but still quite limited

By Nicus

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  • Well-written

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  • Too basic

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Comments about oreilly Kubernetes: Up and Running:

The book is promising, imagining the finished product, but currently is still quite limited. The list of chapters completed at 80% is misleading, as most of the chapters still have many missing parts.
I don't like the step-by-step tutorial approach, but seems to be impossible to write anything about Kubernetes that doesn't have that form... Anyhow, the explanations in-between the steps are fairly good, compared to other tutorial around.
I'm not sure if I'd recommend. Maybe when finished but not at this stage.

 
4.0

I want more

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    Comments about oreilly Kubernetes: Up and Running:

    I picked this up as I am starting to work with Kubernetes in my day job. It gave me plenty of information to get started. It also gave me a nice introduction to Google's Cloud Platform, which I had not used until now.

    My only problem is I completed the initial chapters too quickly and it is a long wait for new ones.

     
    2.0

    Desperately missing diagrams

    By Marco

    from Sunnyvale, CA

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    Comments about oreilly Kubernetes: Up and Running:

    Admittedly an early release, for the time being it is of little more use than the online "getting started" material.
    In particular, many areas (especially around networking and service discovery) are really difficult to follow due to complete absence of any sort of system diagram, deployment diagrams, etc.

    Given the distributed nature of K8s and the subject matter, this would be the area where I'd expect a book to shine above the "Getting started" and many blogs on the subject, and where the author should go well beyond the "type this, do that" tutorial material.

    I assume as more material gets added this may improve, and I'd be more than happy to update my review to reflect progress.
    For the time being, folks may be better off heading to the k8s getting started guide.

     
    5.0

    Promising

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      Comments about oreilly Kubernetes: Up and Running:

      TL;DR: promising & well written!
      (R1 has 34p. for now, waiting for R2)

      I'm eager to see the section on advanced networking to expand on the deployment primer (that uses manual iptables NAT & ssh port forwarding for which kubernetes must have nice solutions) in ch.2.
      I'm also hoping we'll see examples on how to deal with stateful and stateless containers within a multi-container application and, who knows, maybe CRIU live migration by the time the final release comes out, if k8s integrates it... :)

      Keep up the good work!

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      5.0

      Excellent read, more of it!

      By mhausenblas

      from Galway, Ireland

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        Comments about oreilly Kubernetes: Up and Running:

        This book is both for appops and for devops. It starts with no assumptions about what you know (Docker, cluster management, etc.). Currently there are only the first four chapters available but I heard it through the grape vine that the next couple of chapters are being written ATM, covering the 1.2 release.

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