Ever wanted to get started developing with containers but didn’t have an easy button for deploying or managing them? Wanted to get to understand how to use Kubernetes and how it can help you manage your containers, but didn’t have the time to deploy or host your own cluster? Or maybe you’re a little more advanced and want to test out the latest container networking newcomer on the block – Contiv – to manage your networking and bandwidth policies?
Well, Great news container fans! Our new Kubernetes with Contiv Sandbox removes all these barriers for you!
From today, you can hit the Sandbox Catalog and reserve yourself your very own mini Kubernetes Cluster with Contiv plugged in and ready to go! And of course – it’s FREE!
For a bit of background on Kubernetes – it’s an open-source system for automating deployment of, scaling, and managing containers and containerized applications. It groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery. Check out https://kubernetes.io/ for more info there.
Contiv is also open source and provides a networking fabric for your containers, combining great network performance and an application-orientated policy engine for communication between containers and bandwidth management. You can find more on Contiv here:http://contiv.github.io/.
Together they provide a fantastic platform for deploying and managing cloud native and containerised applications and solutions!
With this sandbox, you’ll get a Kubernetes cluster containing one master node and three minions. The Kubernetes UI is also installed and can be hit from your local machine once you’re VPN’ed in. You’re free to get a great understanding of Kubernetes and how and use the cluster to deploy your containers as you see fit.
Further, Contiv is configured and ready to go to allow container networking of your pods and for you to be able to manage network and bandwidth policy between them. You can do that either via the command line or the UI we’ve also set up for you. We’ve given you a simple ‘Hello World’ command line example to whet your appetites!
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also provided a little DevBox for you to use. It’s crammed with Dev Tool goodies you might find useful, but may not want to deploy to your local machine to begin with – just log into the DevBox and the tools are yours!
We’re really hoping that you enjoy the new sandbox and please do fire over feedback you might have in the forums!