Updated: Jun 8
Kubernetes Engine Meet up Summary
This event was held in Google Detroit's beautiful new building, it was contemporary and well styled just like you would imagine it would be. They served pizza, and beverages; everything was nothing short of delicious! This was the kind of event that any developer, IT professional or just plain curious mind should be seeking out. I was there on business so I didn't take any pictures but if you want to read up on their new as of 2018 digs check out this article on Crains Detroit.
During the Meetup we sat in a well designed room where half was a cafe that they had the buffet style food and beverages out and the other half was set up with rows of chairs, equipt with two large screens. When the networking hour was over they had a collapsible wall sectioning off the cafe from the presentation area. It was perfect for wining and dining us, while they educated us on their fabulous product, coincidence? I think not!
What I Learned:
Kubernetes Engine is a production-ready environment for deploying containerized applications. It brings together latest innovations in developer productivity, resource efficiency, automated operations, and open source flexibility to accelerate the team’s time to production. learned the basics of setting up a Kubernetes container, and walked through it together. Overall the process is what I would call, easy if you know what you're doing. The process is laid out pretty plain and simple in the tutorial below. However just like with anything there is more to it than meets the eye and it does require a moderate amount of experience, even if it is just sys admin.
Want to walk through this process on your own? Give it a shot here! -> Google Kubernetes Tutorials
I had the opportunity to speak with a consultant about whether Google was working towards their software being FedRAMP compliant, and the Google Cloud Consultant said that they are working on it and expect it to be FedRAMP compliant by the end of 2019. Coming from a Government enterprise this could really open the doors for Google to be more readily accepted in Government environments.
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What I Thought was Cool:
There is a version of Kubernetes, that allows software to be on-prem, but also share part of the infrastructure in a cloud environment as well, but containerized. This wouldn’t necessarily be applicable for my direct team but it I thought it could be a cool solution for agencies we support that need the older stacks around either for organizational comfort or security purposes, but also want the flexibility of being in the cloud. Party on Google, party on!