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Learn Helm

By : Andrew Block, Austin Dewey
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Learn Helm

By: Andrew Block, Austin Dewey

Overview of this book

Containerization is currently known to be one of the best ways to implement DevOps. While Docker introduced containers and changed the DevOps era, Google developed an extensive container orchestration system, Kubernetes, which is now considered the frontrunner in container orchestration. With the help of this book, you’ll explore the efficiency of managing applications running on Kubernetes using Helm. Starting with a short introduction to Helm and how it can benefit the entire container environment, you’ll then delve into the architectural aspects, in addition to learning about Helm charts and its use cases. You’ll understand how to write Helm charts in order to automate application deployment on Kubernetes. Focused on providing enterprise-ready patterns relating to Helm and automation, the book covers best practices for application development, delivery, and lifecycle management with Helm. By the end of this Kubernetes book, you will have learned how to leverage Helm to develop an enterprise pattern for application delivery.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction and Setup
Section 2: Helm Chart Development
Section 3: Adanced Deployment Patterns
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Operators are important to help ensure that the desired state always matches the live state. Such a feat allows users to more easily maintain a source of truth for resource configuration. Users can leverage the Helm-based operator to provide this type of resource reconciliation, and it is easy to get started because this uses Helm charts as its deployment mechanism. When a CR is created, the Helm operator will install the associated Helm chart to create a new release. Subsequent upgrades will be performed when the CR is modified, and the release will be uninstalled when the CR is deleted.

To manage the operator, cluster administrators can create a separate Helm chart used for creating the operator's resources and CRDs. End users can also create a separate Helm chart that can be used for creating the operator's CRs, along with any other resources that may be relevant.

In the next chapter, we will discuss best practices and topics around security within the Helm...