Minikube: 5 ways IT teams can use it

Minikube: 5 ways IT teams can use it

Minikube lets you run Kubernetes on a laptop or other local machine. For both IT leaders and developers, that opens up options – from experiments to making your case

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April 17, 2019
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4. Use Minikube for a proof of concept

It’s one thing to tinker; it’s another to begin making the case for a new technology in your wider organization. A proof of concept can help, but even that can be tough to get going if it requires much investment in infrastructure or other resources.

Over at Opensource.com, systems engineer Luke Reed shares tips for building a Kubernetes proof of concept to make a compelling business case for adoption. He notes some good news if you’re doing so without much (or any) budget: “If none of those [commercial] options are feasible for your PoC, you can accomplish a lot with Minikube and a laptop.”

5. IT leaders: Use Minikube to walk the talk

CIOs might not always need the day-to-day command of a particular language or tool, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever get your hands dirty. That’s another upside of Minikube: As containers and orchestration play an increasing role in IT, the tool offers a chance for leadership to deepen their understanding of one the fundamental tools their teams are likely using (or will be soon) – with little overhead.

“Engineering leaders don’t normally have extra time to spend spinning up new tools to tinker and learn,” says Ciborowski from Nebulaworks. “However, the pace of dev and IT tooling change demands learning new skills. When it comes to Kubernetes, there is no easier way to get up to speed than using Minikube.”

Vempati from Altrani points out two specific examples of how Minikube might be particularly useful to IT leaders:

  • There’s a Minikube add-on for the Kubernetes Web UI/Dashboard: “Dashboard provides a very detailed insight into how the application behaves on the cluster with some usage metrics, [such as] CPU, memory, etc.”
  • Minikube makes an ideal tool for presentations or demos since it’s running locally: “For IT leaders specifically, Minikube also provides opportunities to demonstrate app prototypes [and Kubernetes capabilities] easily in different forums without difficulty and without any dependency on separate infrastructure.”

It’s a good thing for IT leaders to be able to explain Kubernetes. It’s even better to be able to at least begin to understand it from a daily practitioner’s perspective, especially if your organization is increasingly deploying containerized applications. This is one of Minikube’s underestimated values.

“This is very useful for IT leaders since they can experience the applications running locally on a Kubernetes cluster,” Vempati says.

[ Kubernetes terminology, demystified: Get our Kubernetes glossary cheat sheet for IT and business leaders. ]

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