DEVOPS WEEKLY ISSUE #389 - 10th June 2018

3 minute read

A bit of a theme of practical container posts this week, with posts on Kubernetes as a cloud-migration strategy, tips for building Docker images and database migrations using containers. Also a few technical posts on building a DNS server and scratch VMs.


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If you’ve adopted a microservices architecture and you’re investigating the impact of serverless then this post is worth a read. A useful focus on what you’ll probably need to reconsider.

Multi-stage builds have been available in Docker for a while, but this post summaries various patterns for using them beyond the canonical keping build tools out of the final image.

A good experience report of migrating to Kubernetes, in this case with a self-managed cluster and GKE. Lots of tips for solving RBAC issues in Helm, deploying with Terraform and integrating with existing deployment tools.

A quick overview of three of the tools people are using to manage growing Kubernetes configuration objects; Kapitan, Kustomize and Helm.

Dockerfile is deceptively simple, but lots of patterns exist for maximising it’s use for various developer workflows. This post dives into Python web applications and has lots of examples and handy tips.

A walkthrough of creating a custom DNS server using CoreDNS and it’s GRPC interface, useful to serve DNS entries from an existing datasource for instance.

A look at how much of the operating system can be removed if you try running your application at PID1. A nice trial and error story of running a Go web server as the only userspace process.

A look at one approach to managing database migrations in a container-based continuous delivery model, in this case packaging up individual migrations in Docker containers.


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eksctl is a CLI tool for launching EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) clusters on AWS. It allows for some high-level configurability and abstracts you from the underlying large CloudFormation templates.

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