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Discussion on: You probably shouldn’t be using Kubernetes for your new startup

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David Dorothy

I appreciate your perspective. From the developer side k8s seems really great but from the sysadmin side it scares me. There seems to be a great deal written about how to use k8s but I have been unable to find much about the administration side. Any good places to look for that information? Most things I find tells you how to spin up the cluster and then moves on to just deploying things.

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Chris Dodds Author

When I can't find documentation for something, I usually take that as a sign that that whatever it is, I shouldn't be doing it. I'd recommend avoiding running your own clusters entirely and use hosted-k8s. It's good to have the theoretical knowledge of how the control plane works and such - all things you can learn from github.com/kelseyhightower/kuberne... - but the circumstances where running your own clusters makes sense are very niche.

For day-to-day admin, the k8s docs are probably your best resource. Past that, it's a lot of delving into Github repos looking for references to things in random Readme files and source code. I have occasionally found some helpful things on kubedex.com/

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David Dorothy

Thanks for these pointers. My conclusion at this point is the same. However the benefits look really nice on the developer side so I’d really like to understand the sys admin side also. My current employer likes to keep internal tools on internal networks. Maybe in the future that will change.

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Chris Dodds Author

RIP