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Kubernetes for Serverless Applications

By : Russ McKendrick
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Kubernetes for Serverless Applications

By: Russ McKendrick

Overview of this book

Kubernetes has established itself as the standard platform for container management, orchestration, and deployment. It has been adopted by companies such as Google, its original developers, and Microsoft as an integral part of their public cloud platforms, so that you can develop for Kubernetes and not worry about being locked into a single vendor. This book will initially start by introducing serverless functions. Then you will configure tools such as Minikube to run Kubernetes. Once you are up-and-running, you will install and configure Kubeless, your first step towards running Function as a Service (FaaS) on Kubernetes. Then you will gradually move towards running Fission, a framework used for managing serverless functions on Kubernetes environments. Towards the end of the book, you will also work with Kubernetes functions on public and private clouds. By the end of this book, we will have mastered using Function as a Service on Kubernetes environments.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

To get the most out of this book

Operating Systems:

  • macOS High Sierra
  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Windows 10 Professional

We will be installing several command-line tools throughout this book; each of the tools will have installation instructions and details of its requirements in the chapters. Note that while instructions for Windows systems are provided, a lot of the tools we will be using were originally designed to run primarily on Linux/Unix based systems such as Ubuntu 17.04 and macOS High Sierra, and the book will favor these systems. While every effort has been made at the time of writing to verify that the tools work on Windows-based systems, as some of the tools are experimental builds, we cannot guarantee that they will continue to work on updated systems, because of this, I would recommend using either a Linux- or Unix-based system.


  • Windows 10 Professional and Ubuntu 17.04 system requirements:
    • Systems using processors (CPUs) launched in 2011 or later with a 1.3 GHz or faster core speed, except Intel Atom processors or AMD processors based on the Llano and Bobcat micro-architectures
    • 4 GB RAM minimum with 8 GB RAM or more recommended
  • Apple Mac system requirements:
    • iMac: Late 2009 or newer
    • MacBook/MacBook (Retina): Late 2009 or newer
    • MacBook Pro: Mid-2010 or newer
    • MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer
    • Mac mini: Mid-2010 or newer
    • Mac Pro: Mid-2010 or newer

Access to at least one of the following public cloud services:

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Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "This contains a single file called index.html."

A block of code is set as follows:

apiVersion: apps/v1beta1
kind: Deployment
name: cli-hello-world
app: nginx

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

apiVersion: apps/v1beta1
kind: Deployment
name: cli-hello-world
app: nginx

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

$ brew cask install minikube

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "At the bottom of the page, you will have a button that allows you to create an Access Token and Access Token Secret for your account."

Warnings or important notes appear like this.
Tips and tricks appear like this.