If you’re new to Kubernetes and container orchestration and want to begin learning about it, this learning path covers everything from basic prerequisites to more advanced skills needed for containerization.
Upon completion of this learning path, you will be able to:
- Understand the basics of containers.
- Build containerized applications and deploy them on Kubernetes.
- Understand the advantages of a deployment that uses Helm charts with Kubernetes.
- Understand basic networking for applications that are running in Kubernetes
- Debug and get logs from your Kubernetes applications.
- Download and install an Istio service mesh.
- Prioritize security when modernizing your applications.
This learning path is for the beginning Kubernetes developer. However, you do need a basic understanding of Linux, YAML, and command lines.
The skill level of this learning path is for a beginner.
Estimated time to complete
It will take you approximately 13 hours to complete this entire learning path.
The following items make up this learning path:
Kubernetes prerequisite knowledge
Learn Linux basic commands that are commonly used when working with containers.
Explore an example of how YAML is used in Kubernetes.
Containers: The start of a movement
An introductory video to why containers are a great way to package your cloud-native applications.
Labs that introduce you to containers and Docker. Learn how to run your first container, add value with custom images, and manage data in containers.
Kubernetes: Enterprise container orchestration
This video explains the history of containers and how Kubernetes came to be.
Explore different methods to deploy Kubernetes locally to emulate what you would do in a real cloud on your local machine.
Containerizing your applications
An introduction to Docker commands, Dockerfiles, and using Docker with container registries.
Labs designed to help you achieve an understanding of Kubernetes and how to use Docker containers on Kubernetes in the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service.
Application management in Kubernetes
Introductory labs to help you understand the Kubernetes application package manager.
Deploying applications to Kubernetes
Harness the full power of Kubernetes and host WordPress from the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service.
Learn how to deploy a Java microservices application that runs alongside other polyglot microservices, leveraging service discovery, registration, and routing.
Debugging and logging your Kubernetes application
Gain an understanding about how to debug and get logs from your Kubernetes applications.
Kubernetes networking and services
What developers need to know about Kubernetes networking.
Advanced networking: Istio
An explanation of why you might want to use a service mesh, how the Istio service mesh works, and some core concepts for you to get started quickly.
Learn how to install Istio alongside microservices for a simple mock app called Guestbook.
Containerize an example travel booking app and create a service mesh to connect, control, and monitor the microservice interactions across containers.
Securing your workloads
Prioritize security when modernizing your apps.
An introduction to important Kubernetes security components.
Learn how to set up Falco on a Kubernetes cluster on IBM Cloud, create a synthetic security incident, view the incident in Falco, and wire up Falco to send security alerts at run time to Slack.
Suggested next steps
After you complete this Kubernetes learning path, take your skill building to the next level with the following suggestions:
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Five key differences between Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes.