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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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Chapter 3: Installing your First Helm Chart

Earlier in this book, we referred to Helm as the "Kubernetes package manager" and compared it to an operating system's package manager. A package manager allows users to quickly and easily install applications of varying complexities and manages any dependencies that an application might have. Helm works in a similar fashion.

Users simply determine the application they want to deploy on Kubernetes and Helm does the rest of the work for them. A Helm chart—a packaging of Kubernetes resources—contains the logic and components required to install an application, allowing users to perform installations without needing to know the specific resources required. Users can also pass in parameters, called values, to a Helm chart to configure different aspects of the application without needing to know the specific details about the Kubernetes resources that are being configured. You will explore these features in this...