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Krishna Dhakal
Krishna Dhakal

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Kubernetes Component Architecture


With Docker you can run a single instance of the application with a simple Docker run command. In this case to run a single nodejs application you perform

docker run nodejs
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Thats just one instance of your application in one Docker host.

What happens if the number of users increase and the instance is no longer to able to handle the load?

You perform the multiple instance run of your application as:

docker run nodejs
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docker run nodejs
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docker run nodejs
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and so on.

You have to have a close watch at the load and performance of your application and deploy the instances yourself.Also if a container health is bad in some case then you have to find and replace it manually.

What about the health of host itself? What if the host crashes and is inaccessible?

The container hosted in the host are inaccessible too.

What will you do in such case where there are hundreds and thousands of instances as well as containers and your need to monitor state and health of them?

One practical approach could be to make scripts in case of those activities.But the more practical approach is to use Container Orchestration .

Container Orchestration

It is a tool and scripts collection where we can solve the scalable problem in terms of health of the containers and also the states.Usually they contain multiple Docker hosts that hosts containers.If one fails then the application is still accessible to others.

These Orchestration service helps not only in scaling our applications along different hosts but also in scaling the hosts as per the requirement.We can even setup network in between hosts and communicate the resources and activities in between. With features like load balancing such Orchestration engine has made our workflow really easier with other features like sharing storage and configuring management and security within the cluster.

There are multiple Container Orchestration solutions available in the market. Some of them are:
3.Docker Swarm

Here we will be focusing on the Kubernetes.


So what could be the solution of our replica problem which was not suitable with Docker.

kubectl run --replicas=1000 my-web-server
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With simple one command we can make replicas of our application by thousands of unit.

kubectl scale --replicas=3000 my-web-server
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We can even make it auto scale with scale command for 3000 units.

Kubernetes also allows us to make sure we upgrade or downgrade as per the requirement through AB testing methods.Also there are hundreds of vendors for storage and network applications due to its open architecture.Kubernetes uses Docker host to host applications in the form of Docker containers.

Now lets take a look at the Kubernetes architecture.

Kubernetes Componenet Architecture

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Node is a worker machine where the containers are launched by the Kubernetes engine.

Cluster is the set of Nodes grouped together.This was even if one node fails you have your application still accessible from the other nodes.We do have the cluster with these containers but how can we manage these nodes on the cluster ?

Master Node comes into play now.Master is the node with Control Plane which helps in controlling the containers in the working node of the cluster.

On installing Kubernetes in a system you are installing the following Components.

  • API Server
  • Etcd
  • Kubelet
  • Container Runtime
  • Controller Manager
  • Scheduler
  • Kube Proxy

API server acts as a Frontend for the Kube Cluster.It helps in communicating the Kubernetes cluster with the users via command line,UI etc

Etcd is a Distributed reliable key-value store used by Kubernetes to store all the data that is used to manage the Kube Cluster.It prevents multiple masters from controlling the respective nodes.

Scheduler is responsible for Distributing work for containers across multiple nodes.It looks for newly created containers and assigns them to the nodes.

Controller Managers are like the brain of Orchestration as they report whenever the endpoint,container,node etc goes down.Controller makes decision to bring up new containers in such cases.

Container Runtime(engine like Docker) a underlying software that is used to run containers. In our case which happens to be Docker.

Kubelet is the agent that runs in the each node in the cluster.This agents work is to make sure that the containers are running as expected in the given nodes.

Kube Proxy runs on each node which can proxy UDP, TCP and SCTP.It does not understand HTTP.It helps in providing load balancing.

Finally Kubectl is the command line utility for Kubernetes Orchestration environment via which a user operates the Kubernetes.

In this way Kubernetes Component Architecture works.


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