In Funky Penguin’s Geek Cookbook - Kubernetes Start, I introduced Kubernetes concepts with an explanation of why I chose Kubernetes for running cloud workloads:

Why would you want to use Kubernetes for your self-hosted recipes over simple Docker Swarm? Here’s my personal take..
I use Docker swarm both at home (on a single-node swarm), and on a trio of Ubuntu 16.04 VPSs in a shared lab OpenStack environment.
In both cases above, I’m responsible for maintaining the infrastructure supporting Docker - either the physical host, or the VPS operating systems.
I started experimenting with Kubernetes as a plan to improve the reliability of my cryptocurrency mining pools (the contended lab VPSs negatively impacted the likelihood of finding a block), and as a long-term replacement for my aging home server.
What I enjoy about building recipes and self-hosting is not the operating system maintenance, it’s the tools and applications that I can quickly launch in my swarms. If I could only play with the applications, and not bother with the maintenance, I totally would.
Kubernetes (on a cloud provider, mind you!) does this for me. I feed Kubernetes a series of YAML files, and it takes care of all the rest, including version upgrades, node failures/replacements, disk attach/detachments, etc.

Read the whole post (plus the children’s video!) at Funky Penguin’s Geek Cookbook - Kubernetes Start

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