Getting started with Kops in AWS

This post will walk you through building a kubernetes cluster in AWS using the tooling kOps. kOps is the easiest way to get a production grade Kubernetes cluster up and running. We like to think of it as kubectl for clusters. kOps helps you create, destroy, upgrade and maintain production-grade, highly available, Kubernetes clusters from the command line. AWS (Amazon Web Services) is currently officially supported, with Digital Ocean and OpenStack in beta support....

November 6, 2022 · 7 min · Me

Getting started with Argo CD - Declarative GitOps for Kubernetes

This blog post with give you a quick and brief run through of standing up Argo CD and using it to deploy a small application. Argo CD is a K8s controller, responsible for continuously monitoring all running applications and comparing their live state to the desired state specified in the Git repository. It identifies deployed applications with a live state that deviates from the desired state as OutOfSync. Argo allows engineering teams to deploy and manage applications without having to learn a lot about Kubernetes, and without needing full access to the Kubernetes system, which is great when you start to learn just how overwhelming all this kubernetes stuff really is!...

September 18, 2022 · 4 min · Me

Log aggregation in Kubernetes with Grafana Loki

Introduction This blog post is going to cover using the log aggregation tooling Grafana Loki to aggregate logs from your pods within Kubernetes, something I’ve been keen to try out for awhile as I’m a elasticsearch man so I’m looking forward to delving into what Loki has to offer as it’s being revered across the lands as a real competitor! Prerequisites A Kubernetes Cluster ( Can be either On-Prem, AKS, EKS, GKE, Kind ) - I’m using minikube!...

July 13, 2022 · 5 min · Me

Using Horizontal Pod autoscaling in Kubernetes to horizontally scale your app

Hello there! This blog post will detail how to use HorizontalPodAutoscaler to horizontally scale a pod within kubernetes, for this demonstration I am going to be using minikube installed on my local macbook, therefore as a prerequisite please ensure you have docker and minikube setup and functioning as expected (I may come back to how to do this in a future blog post but otherwise google is your friend!) Preparation Firstly make sure you have minikube installed:...

July 12, 2022 · 6 min · Me

Getting Started with Terragrunt

Introduction This blog post is going to cover my initial journey into Terragrunt and deploying a simple S3 Bucket to AWS as per my previous examples as this is the simplest way to play with Terraform/grunt/whatever Lets DO IT Prerequisites As this tutorial utilises AWS make sure you have setup a AWS account and ran aws configure with the correct credentials, this page is helpful for this kinda thing:

April 24, 2022 · 7 min · Me