Kubernetes Resources

Kubernetes Resources

Kubernetes Resources


  • Namespaces provide a mechanism for isolating groups of resources within a single cluster.
  • Namespace-based scoping is applicable only for namespaced objects (e.g. Deployments, Services, etc) and not for cluster-wide objects (e.g. StorageClass, Nodes, PersistentVolumes, etc).
  • Names of resources need to be unique within a namespace, but not across namespaces.
  • Kubernetes starts with four initial namespaces:
    • default – default namespace for objects with no other namespace.
    • kube-system – namespace for objects created by the Kubernetes system.
    • kube-public – namespace is created automatically and is readable by all users (including those not authenticated).
    • kube-node-lease – namespace holds Lease objects associated with each node. Node leases allow the kubelet to send heartbeats so that the control plane can detect node failure.
  • Resource Quotas can be defined for each namespace to limit the resources consumed.
  • Resources within the namespaces can refer to each other with their service names.
  • Resources across namespace can be reached using the full DNS <<service_name>>.<<namespace_name>>.svc.cluster.local

Practice Namespace Exercises


  • A Kubernetes pod is a group of containers and is the smallest unit that Kubernetes administers.
  • Pods have a single IP address applied to every container within the pod.
  • Pods are always co-located and co-scheduled and run in a shared context.
  • Containers in a pod share the same resources such as memory and storage.
  • Shared context allows the individual Linux containers inside a pod to be treated collectively as a single application as if all the containerized processes were running together on the same host in more traditional workloads.

Practice Pod Exercises


  • ReplicaSet ensures to maintain a stable set of replica Pods running at any given time. It helps guarantee the availability of a specified number of identical Pods.
  • ReplicaSet includes the pod definition template, a selector to match the pods, and a number of replicas.
  • ReplicaSet then fulfills its purpose by creating and deleting Pods as needed to reach the desired replica number using the Pod template.
  • It is recommended to use Deployments instead of directly using ReplicaSets, as they help manage ReplicaSets and provide declarative updates to Pods.

Practice ReplicaSet Exercises


  • Deployment provides declarative updates for Pods and ReplicaSets.
  • Deployments describe the number of desired identical pod replicas to run and the preferred update strategy used when updating the deployment.
  • A Deployment runs multiple replicas of your application and automatically replaces any instances that fail or become unresponsive.
  • Deployments represent a set of multiple, identical Pods with no unique identities.
  • Deployments are well-suited for stateless applications that use ReadOnlyMany or ReadWriteMany volumes mounted on multiple replicas but are not well-suited for workloads that use ReadWriteOnce volumes. Use StatefulSets instead.

Deploy Container Resources

Practice Deployment Exercises


  • Service is an abstraction over the pods, and essentially, the only interface the various application consumers interact with.
  • The lifetime of an individual pod cannot be relied upon; everything from their IP addresses to their very existence is prone to change.
  • Kubernetes doesn’t treat its pods as unique, long-running instances; if a pod encounters an issue and dies, it’s Kubernetes’ job to replace it so that the application doesn’t experience any downtime.
  • As pods are replaced, their internal names and IPs might change.
  • A service exposes a single machine name or IP address mapped to pods whose underlying names and numbers are unreliable.
  • A service ensures that, to the outside network, everything appears to be unchanged.

Practice Services Exercises



  • Ingress exposes HTTP and HTTPS routes from outside the cluster to services within the cluster.
  • Traffic routing is controlled by rules defined on the Ingress resource.
  • An Ingress may be configured to give Services externally-reachable URLs, load balance traffic, terminate SSL/TLS and offer name-based virtual hosting
  • An Ingress controller is responsible for fulfilling the Ingress, usually with a load balancer, though it may also configure your edge router or additional frontends to help handle the traffic.
  • An Ingress with no rules sends all traffic to a single default backend.

Practice Ingress Exercises


  • A DaemonSet ensures that all (or some) Nodes run a copy of a Pod.
  • DaemonSet ensures pods are added to the newly created nodes and garbage collected as nodes are removed.
  • Some typical uses of a DaemonSet are:
    • running a cluster storage daemon on every node
    • running a logs collection daemon on every node
    • running a node monitoring daemon on every node

Refer DaemonSet Exercises


StatefulSet Architecture

  • StatefulSet is ideal for stateful applications using ReadWriteOnce volumes.
  • StatefulSets are designed to deploy stateful applications and clustered applications that save data to persistent storage, such as persistent disks.
  • StatefulSets represent a set of Pods with unique, persistent identities and stable hostnames that Kubernetes maintains regardless of where they are scheduled.
  • State information and other resilient data for any given StatefulSet Pod are maintained in persistent disk storage associated with the StatefulSet.
  • StatefulSets use an ordinal index for the identity and ordering of their Pods. By default, StatefulSet Pods are deployed in sequential order and are terminated in reverse ordinal order.
  • StatefulSets are suitable for deploying Kafka, MySQL, Redis, ZooKeeper, and other applications needing unique, persistent identities and stable hostnames.


  • ConfigMap helps to store non-confidential data in key-value pairs.
  • Pods can consume ConfigMaps as environment variables, command-line arguments, or as configuration files in a volume.
  • ConfigMap helps decouple environment-specific configuration from the container images so that the applications are easily portable.
  • ConfigMap does not provide secrecy or encryption. If the data you want to store are confidential, use a Secret rather than a ConfigMap, or use additional (third party) tools to keep your data private.
  • A ConfigMap is not designed to hold large chunks of data and cannot exceed 1 MiB.
  • ConfigMap can be configured on a container inside a Pod as
    • Inside a container command and args
    • Environment variables for a container
    • Add a file in read-only volume, for the application to read
    • Write code to run inside the Pod that uses the Kubernetes API to read a ConfigMap
  • ConfigMap can be configured to be immutable as it helps
    • protect from accidental (or unwanted) updates that could cause applications outages
    • improve performance of the cluster by significantly reducing the load on kube-apiserver , by closing watches for ConfigMaps marked as immutable.
  • Once a ConfigMap is marked as immutable, it is not possible to revert this change nor to mutate the contents of the data or the binaryData field. The ConfigMap needs to be deleted and recreated.

Practice ConfigMaps Exercises


  • Secret provides a container for sensitive data such as a password without putting the information in a Pod specification or in a container image.
  • Secrets are similar to ConfigMaps but are specifically intended to hold confidential data.
  • Secrets are not really encrypted but only base64 encoded.
  • Secrets are, by default, stored unencrypted in the API server’s underlying data store (etcd). Anyone with API access can retrieve or modify a Secret, and so can anyone with access to etcd. Additionally, anyone who is authorized to create a Pod in a namespace can use that access to read any Secret in that namespace; this includes indirect access such as the ability to create a Deployment.
  • To safeguard secrets, take at least the following steps:
    • Enable Encryption at Rest for Secrets.
    • Enable or configure RBAC rules that restrict reading data in Secrets.

Practice Secrets Exercises

Jobs & Cron Jobs

  • Job creates one or more Pods and will continue to retry execution of the Pods until a specified number of them successfully terminate.
  • As pods successfully complete, the Job tracks the successful completions.
  • When a specified number of successful completions is reached, the task (ie, Job) is complete.
  • Deleting a Job will clean up the Pods it created. Suspending a Job will delete its active Pods until the Job is resumed again.
  • A job can run multiple Pods in parallel using Parallelism field.
  • A CronJob creates Jobs on a repeating schedule.

Practice Jobs Exercises


Kubernetes Volumes

  • Container on-disk files are ephemeral and lost if the container crashes.
  • Kubernetes supports Persistent volumes that exist beyond the lifetime of a pod. When a pod ceases to exist, Kubernetes destroys ephemeral volumes; however, Kubernetes does not destroy persistent volumes.
  • Persistent Volumes is supported using API resources
    • PersistentVolume (PV)
      • is a piece of storage in the cluster that has been provisioned by an administrator or dynamically provisioned using Storage Classes.
      • is a cluster-level resource and not bound to a namespace
      • are volume plugins like Volumes, but have a lifecycle independent of any individual pod that uses the PV.
    • PersistentVolumeClaim (PVC)
      • is a request for storage by a user.
      • is similar to a Pod.
      • Pods consume node resources and PVCs consume PV resources.
      • Pods can request specific levels of resources (CPU and Memory).
      • Claims can request specific size and access modes (e.g., they can be mounted ReadWriteOnce, ReadOnlyMany, or ReadWriteMany, see AccessModes).
  • Persistent Volumes can be provisioned
    • Statically – where the cluster administrator creates the PVs which is available for use by cluster users
    • Dynamically using StorageClasses where the cluster may try to dynamically provision a volume especially for the PVC.

Practice Volumes Exercises

Labels & Annotations

  • Labels and Annotations attach metadata to objects in Kubernetes.
  • Labels
    • are key/value pairs that can be attached to Kubernetes objects such as Pods and ReplicaSets.
    • can be arbitrary and are useful for attaching identifying information to Kubernetes objects.
    • provide the foundation for grouping objects and can be used to organize and to select subsets of objects.
    • are used in conjunction with selectors to identify groups of related resources.
  • Annotations
    • provide a storage mechanism that resembles labels
    • are key/value pairs designed to hold non-identifying information that can be leveraged by tools and libraries.

Practice Labels & Annotations Exercises


  • A Kubernetes node manages and runs pods; it’s the machine (whether virtualized or physical) that performs the given work.
  • Just as pods collect individual containers that operate together, a node collects entire pods that function together.
  • When you’re operating at scale, you want to be able to hand work over to a node whose pods are free to take it.

Practice Nodes Exercises