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6 Key Strategies to Enhance the Understandability of Kubernetes

By Nisha Sharma - November 25, 2022 4 Mins Read

Kubernetes is often the platform of choice because it delivers powerful container orchestration that has plenty of room for growth as the application evolves.

Despite the fact that Kubernetes is brimming with features, enterprises frequently find it challenging to train new and often even veteran users. for deriving the best advantage it has to offer, organizations need to develop a roadmap to ensure that all users have a better understanding of Kubernetes. Below are some tips for businesses to understand Kubernetes better:

Leveraging Helm

Helm is an open-source package manager via which businesses automate the deployment of the software for Kubernetes in a simple and consistent method. If businesses use helm, it will help them to define, install and upgrade applications running on Kubernetes which will facilitate easier software consumption by the customers. Employing Helm charts for packaging Kubernetes applications will help customers to understand business applications and services easily and quickly even without digging for more insights into the inner workings of those services. For this businesses need to execute a few commands from the CLI and the application will start running.

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Customers and the internal team in charge of delivering the applications feel more burdened when the setup procedures for those applications are lengthy and difficult. Since developers are frequently compelled to step in to assist when things go wrong, the long-term maintenance expenses of managing those apps can add up technological liabilities over time by slowing down company development.

Remote Debugger

App debugging is more complex as compared to the one with Kubernetes. Sometimes, the security and compliance issue does not let the business connect with the debugger right after finding the bug in the production or pre-production of the Kubernetes application. As application debugging is not easy as it is without adding the Kubernetes complexity as a run-time environment. Connecting to the debugger soon after discovering a bug in the production or pre-production environment in the Kubernetes application is not always easy because of security and compliance issues. The standard course of action is – adding logging code and going through the build, deploy, and release processes until the business gets the information that enables them to identify the fault under such circumstances. Solutions that employ remote debuggers can comprehend the code as it is being executed, free from the burden of adding logs or setting up conditions for problem reproduction.

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Kubernetes Resources with Namespaces

Kubernetes with namespaces help businesses to separate deployed services in a manner that allows them to become easy to understand and usable by different teams or users. These same resources can be used by multiple services, teams, or projects for different purposes, with different security levels without creating any separate clusters for each use case. By partitioning environments, businesses can ensure that naming conventions of deployed components can be maintained without conflicts across each environment.

Browser-based UI

Adopting interactive terminals or graphical user interfaces (UI) tools for managing and interacting with customer clusters can navigate cluster components much faster and reduces the learning curve as well.

Instead of relying upon Kubectl commands, businesses can simply guide their cluster by using simple keyboard shortcuts.

Service Mesh

Businesses can manage and streamline high-volume communication between micro-services running inside the Kubernetes cluster by utilizing this tool because it makes tasks that are always required regardless of the type of application being built, easier. This could be inter-micro-service communication, discovery, security, tracing, and monitoring. Businesses will be able to decouple networking, security, and observability logic from their application-specific business logic using service mesh, and it will also not need code specifically for these features.

Non-critical Workloads

By anticipating the prior missteps, businesses can limit the impacts of their Kubernetes applications to lower-tier. This process is essential for businesses to grow from testing and learning mode to managing containers in production mode. Using Kubernetes with non-critical workloads becomes easy once the business understands the required commands.

Managing, deploying, and troubleshooting applications running in Kubernetes has a learning curve, using Helm to manage packages, a remote debugger for debugging, Kubernetes resources with Namespaces, browser-based UI, and service mesh will help businesses enhance Kubernetes capabilities.

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AUTHOR

Nisha Sharma

Nisha Sharma is working with OnDot Media as a Tech Journalist. She has done Post graduation in Journalism & Mass Communication. Her prior experience was in B2B as a Content Writer. This is her first stint with a technology publication and she is on the high curve of learning about the IT sector, it's challenges, and the trends that move it forward.

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