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Get Started with Spinnaker on Kubernetes

In the last previous installment of the series, we introduced Spinnaker as the multicloud deployment tool. We will explore how to setup Spinnaker on the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine and deploy your first application through it.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through how to setup and configure Spinnaker on Minikube. Once it is up and running, we will deploy and scale a containerized application running in Kubernetes.

Spinnaker is usually installed in a VM running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Thanks to the Helm community, it is now available as a Chart to install with just one command.

Install and Configure Minikube

Spinnaker is architected as a cloud-native, microservices application. It comes with a set of containers that are resource intensive. Typical Minikube installation doesn’t provide enough power for Spinnaker to run locally. We will customize Minikube configuration to make it powerful enough to host Spinnaker.

Alternatively, you can install Spinnaker on a Kubernetes cluster where the Nodes have at least 4GB RAM. Google Kubernetes Engine or Azure Container Service for Managed Kubernetes are ideal candidates for this configuration. Since Minikube is free and simple, we are using that to configure Spinnaker. This configuration is not recommended for production use.

Run the following commands to install Minikube on macOS.

$ curl -Lo minikube https://storage.googleapis.com/minikube/releases/v0.24.1/minikube-darwin-amd64

$ chmod +x ./minikube 

$ sudo mv ./minikube /usr/local/bin/

Read the entire article at The New Stack

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
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