As remarkable as Docker containers are, they still need to be heavily scheduled and orchestrated to run efficiently, and seamlessly replaced and re-balanced when they fail. It’s a big job, well beyond the abilities of Chef, Puppet, and similar tools. This O'Reilly report introduces you to Kubernetes, a cluster management system from Google that’s capable of scheduling and launching roughly 7,000 containers a second.
Dave Rensin, who directs Global Cloud Support and Services at Google, explains piece-by-piece how this system works. If you’ve created at least one simple container with Docker, you’ll understand how to get started with Kubernetes by using one of several options.