Notes at the Google Cloud OnBoard Kubernetes Engine event in Helsinki 2019

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Notes from Google Cloud OnBoard event on Thu 2019-03-21 at the Clarion Hotel in Helsinki.

Introduction to containers[edit]

A container is an isolated user space in which computer programs run directly on the host operating system's kernel but have access to a restricted subset of its resources. A computer program running on an ordinary operating system can see all resources (connected devices, files and folders, network shares, CPU power, quantifiable hardware capabilities) of that computer. However, programs running inside a container can only see the container's portion of the file system and the devices assigned to it. The mechanism by which a host operating system runs programs in isolated user-space environments is called containerization or operating-system-level virtualization. (Wikipedia)


Kubernetes (commonly stylized as k8s) is an open-source container orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management. It was originally designed by Google, and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. It aims to provide a "platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts". It works with a range of container tools, including Docker. Many cloud services offer a Kubernetes-based platform or infrastructure as a service (PaaS or IaaS) on which Kubernetes can be deployed as a platform-providing service. Many vendors also provide their own branded Kubernetes distributions. (Wikipedia)


Lists about Kubernetes things

Google Cloud Platform[edit]

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), offered by Google, is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube. (Wikipedia) (Offical website - a free tier will always be available)

Kubernetes and Google Kubernetes Engine[edit]


Unofficial documentation

Other useful software and services[edit]

Other software and services by Google[edit]

Google Stackdriver is a freemium, credit card required, cloud computing systems management service offered by Google. It provides performance and diagnostics data (in the form of monitoring, logging, tracing, error reporting, and alerting) to public cloud users. Stackdriver is a hybrid cloud solution, providing support for both Google Cloud and AWS cloud environments. (Wikipedia)

Google App Engine (often referred to as GAE or simply App Engine) is a web framework and cloud computing platform for developing and hosting web applications in Google-managed data centers. Applications are sandboxed and run across multiple servers. App Engine offers automatic scaling for web applications—as the number of requests increases for an application, App Engine automatically allocates more resources for the web application to handle the additional demand. (Wikipedia)

Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform developed by Firebase, Inc. in 2011, then acquired by Google in 2014. (Wikipedia)

Other software and services by others[edit]

Docker is a computer program that performs operating-system-level virtualization. It was first released in 2013 and is developed by Docker. (Wikipedia)

Jenkins is an open source automation server written in Java. Jenkins helps to automate the non-human part of the software development process, with continuous integration and facilitating technical aspects of continuous delivery. (Wikipedia) is a package manager for Kubernetes. Discover & launch Kubernetes-ready apps on

Kubernetes-based solutions from competitors[edit]