Stateful Kubernetes with Saad Ali
In a cloud infrastructure environment, failures happen regularly. The servers can fail, the network can fail, and software bugs can crash your software unexpectedly.
The amount of failures that can occur in cloud infrastructure is one reason why storage is often separated from application logic. A developer can launch multiple instances of their application, with each instance providing a “stateless” environment for serving API requests.
When the application needs to save state, it can make a call out to a managed cloud infrastructure product. Managed cloud databases provide a reliable place to manage application state. Managed object storage systems like Amazon S3 provide a reliable place to store files.
The pattern of relying on remote cloud services does not work so well for on-prem and hybrid cloud environments. In these environments, companies are managing their own data centers and their own storage devices. As companies with on-prem infrastructure adopt Kubernetes, there is a need for ways to manage on-prem storage through Kubernetes.
Saad Ali is a senior engineer at Google, where he works on Kubernetes. He is also a part of the Kubernetes Storage Special Interest Group. Saad joins the show talk about how Kubernetes interacts with storage, and how to manage stateful workloads on Kubernetes. We discuss the basics of Kubernetes storage, including persistent volumes and the container storage interface.
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