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The 7 Best Books to Get You Started with Kubernetes

Posted by Jenna Kominski on Sep 3, 2019 10:45:00 AM

According to our "2019 State of Multicloud Report," container adoption is expected to grow by 165% in the next 18 months. Over 60% of respondents to the survey reported that they already on their journey to using containers/cloud-native. 

Having an understanding of Kubernetes is more important than ever. Kubernetes is the answer to allowing large numbers of containers to work together successfully. To learn everything you need to know about about the platform, you'll need the right resources. Check out these 7 books that will guide you through your Kubernetes journey! 

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1. Kubernetes: A Step by Step Guide to Learn  and Master Kubernetes

By Brayden Smith

If you are unsure how to use Kubernetes to its full potential or are hoping to maximize your knowledge of this platform, then this is the book for you. From Deployments to Pods, Services, Extensions, Client Libraries, and other valuable aspects of the Kubernetes platform, this is the answer for anyone interested in conquering this platform.

This book shows you all of the features of the platform. You will gain access to knowledge that will pay dividends throughout their use of Kubernetes. It is also a great reference if you're ever confronted by issues or struggles when using the platform.

2. Kubernetes in Action: 1st EditionScreen Shot 2019-07-30 at 10.40.38 AM

By Marko Luksa @markoluksa

This book is an excellent guide to effectively developing and running applications in a Kubernetes environment. Kubernetes in Action gives an overview of container technologies like Docker so readers who haven't used these technologies before can get up and running.

Through this book, you'll gradually expand your initial application, adding features, and deepening your knowledge of Kubernetes architecture and operation. As you read this guide, you'll explore high-value topics like scaling, monitoring, and tuning. This book is perfect for software developers with little or no familiarity with Docker or container orchestration systems.

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 10.30.20 AM3. Kubernetes Patterns: Reusable Elements for Designing Cloud-Native Applications


By Bilgin Ibryam and Rolan Huß

How developers design, build, and run software has changed rapidly with the evolution of microservices and containers. With this focused guide, you will learn about common reusable elements, patterns, principles, and practices for implementing and designing cloud-native applications on Kubernetes.

You will learn about foundational, behavioral, structural, configuration, and advanced patterns. This book is great for developers already familiar with basic Kubernetes concepts who want to learn cloud-native patterns.

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 10.31.32 AM4. Kubernetes: The Complete Guide to Master Kubernetes

By Joesph D. Moore

Are you looking for an open-source tool to manage your microservices Does it need a resilient infrastructure that's instantly available? The answer to both these questions is simple: Kubernetes. As an efficient open-source platform, Kubernetes provides the user with аutomated deployment, ѕсаlіng, mоnіtоrіng, аnd operations of аррlісаtіоn сlоud containers.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about this fantastic application. It provides information on what Kubernetes is, concepts and design principles, Kubernetes monitoring, the best open-source tools for Kubernetes monitoring, configuration management, Kubernetes Helm, and more!

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 12.08.07 PM5. Managing Kubernetes Performance at Scale

By Eva Tuczai and Asena Hertz @asenabration

The potential to bring ideas to market faster has opened the floodgates to Kubernetes adoption. But today’s containerized applications still introduce enough complexity to challenge even the best of teams. 


Through this FREE report, you’ll learn how to confront the problems you might face with performance and application health in a Kubernetes environment. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the conditions that could cause operational outages and failures down the line.

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 10.34.29 AM6. Hands-on Kubernetes Networking

By Kent Munson

This helpful book provides an overview of the container ecosystem while guiding you in setting up and configuring a lab for the chapters. You will study Kubernetes networking and understand the origin and brief history of each provider and how to set them in K8s. When you finish this book, you will have covered many configurations, which will help you to determine the best fit for your application. This book is perfect for:

  • Solutions architects
  • Network engineers with a knowledge of container technology
  • Admins whose organization is moving to a cloud-native or microservice environment

7. The Kubernetes BookScreen Shot 2019-07-30 at 10.35.42 AM

By Nigel Poulton @nigelpoulton

Containers have revolutionized the way build, ship, and run our applications. Through this guide, you will learn Kubernetes cluster architecture, how to build Kubernetes Clusters, how to use and manage applications on Kubernetes, how to secure Kubernetes, and more.

Kubernetes and cloud technologies are developing fast! That's why this book will be updated at least once per year, meaning it's always up-to-date with the latest versions of Kubernetes and the latest trends in the cloud-native ecosystem.


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