31 May 2016 in Deis Workflow, Series: Deis Workflow Basics

Deis Workflow Basics, Part One

Deis Workflow is an open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) that makes it easy to deploy and manage applications on your own servers. Workflow builds on Kubernetes and Docker to provide a lightweight PaaS with a Heroku-inspired workflow.

Deis Workflow is the second major release of the Deis PaaS.

In this miniseries we'll go over the basics of Deis Workflow. That includes: why you'd want to use Workflow, a conceptual overview, a look at architecture and components, and finally, how to install Workflow on a Kubernetes cluster.

Why Use Workflow?

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27 May 2016 in Kubernetes, Intro

Getting Started With Kubernetes

Kubernetes is a very popular open source container management system.

The goal of the Kubernetes project is to make management of containers across multiple nodes as simple as managing containers on a single system. To accomplish this, it offers quite a few unique features such as traffic load balancing, self-healing (automatic restarts), scheduling, scaling, and rolling updates.

In this post, we'll learn about Kubernetes by deploying a simple web application across a multi-node Kubernetes cluster. Before we can start deploying containers however, we first need to set up a cluster.

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26 May 2016 in Helm, Kubernetes, Annoucement

Helm 2 Reaches Alpha 1

This release marks the first in the Helm 2 line. It is an unstable Alpha-quality release that supports the core functionality for the Helm 2 platform.

Helm 2 has two major components:

  • The Helm client, whose responsibility is to provide tooling for working with charts and uploading them to the server.
  • The Tiller server, whose responsibility is to manage releases into the Kubernetes cluster.

Additionally, Helm can fetch charts from remote repositories. A Helm 2 chart repository is simply an HTTP server capable of serving YAML and TGZ files.

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20 May 2016 in Demo, Fault-Tolerance

Cheapest Fault-Tolerant Cluster For Deis V1 PaaS

This guide is targeted to the Deis v1.13 LTS branch. With over 6 million downloads, Deis V1 PaaS has never been more popular. These instructions will not work with Deis Workflow, the Kubernetes-native PaaS, which is still currently in beta.

I am going to demo a cheap, quick, and dirty way to bring up a cluster for Deis V1 PaaS on DigitalOcean. This is the cheapest fault-tolerant configuration that I could manage. That is, a cluster on which some nodes can go down—but the cluster and its platform services remain available!

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19 May 2016 in GlusterFS, GCE, GKE, Kubernetes

Bootstrap a GlusterFS Cluster on GCE

As we've covered before, shared file systems are a tricky problem in the cloud. One solution to that problem is a distributed file system. Something each one of your app nodes can read from and write to. When it comes to distributed file systems, GlusterFS is one of the leading products.

With a few simple scripts on your Mac OS X or Linux machine, you can deploy a multi-zone High Availability (HA) GlusterFS cluster to Google Compute Engine (GCE) that provides scalable, persistent shared storage for your GCE or Google Container Engine (GKE) Kubernetes clusters.

In this post, I will demo these scripts and show you how to do this. By default, our GlusterFS cluster will use three GlusterFS servers, one server per Google Cloud zone in the same chosen region.

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