Kubernetes in Action – Deploying Scalable Cloud Applications

Kubernetes, the container-orchestration system, is pivotal in deploying scalable cloud applications effectively. By the end of this post, developers will have a clear understanding of how to put Kubernetes in Action by running applications that can scale on demand and are resilient.

Kubernetes in Action

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Why Kubernetes?

Kubernetes offers the ability to orchestrate and manage containers at scale, providing features such as automated deployments, rollbacks, scaling and self-healing of applications. For cloud applications, where demand can fluctuate, Kubernetes ensures that your application can adapt without manual intervention.

Getting Started with Kubernetes

To begin with Kubernetes, you need to understand Pods, Deployment, and Services – key resources that you’ll define using YAML or JSON configuration files. A Pod is the smallest deployable unit in Kubernetes, whereas a Deployment manages the Pods. Finally, a Service defines the policies for accessing the Pods.

Deploying Your First App

We take the example of deploying a simple HTTP web server. We first create a Deployment object:

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  name: webserver-deployment
  replicas: 2
      app: webserver
        app: webserver
      - name: webserver
        image: nginx:1.14.2
        - containerPort: 80

This code creates a Deployment named “webserver-deployment” with 2 replicas – meaning it runs two instances of the webserver.

Scaling Your Application

When the load increases, you may need more instances. To scale your Deployment, you would update the “replicas”:

  replicas: 5

Or, use the kubectl command line:

kubectl scale deployment/webserver-deployment --replicas=5

Updating Your Application

Let’s say you need to update the nginx image to a newer version. Modify the Deployment’s image:

      - name: webserver
        image: nginx:1.16.1

… or use kubectl to update directly:

kubectl set image deployment/webserver-deployment webserver=nginx:1.16.1

Sample Output

Using the kubectl command line to get the status of your deployments might give you the following output:

NAME                    READY   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
webserver-deployment    5/5     5            5           10m

Output: This shows that all five replicas of the deployment are up and running.


In summary, Kubernetes in Action means deploying, scaling, and updating applications in a cloud environment efficiently and with minimal downtime. By leveraging Kubernetes, you enable your applications to handle varying loads and automatically recover from potential failures.