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

540 readers like this
Minikube 6 things to know

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, 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. ]


IT leadership in the next normal report

7 New CIO Rules of Road

CIOs: We welcome you to join the conversation

Related Topics

Submitted By Melissa Swift
April 14, 2021

You may read the list and think, "wow, haven't met too many of those folks" – and you'd be right. But you can learn from their digital transformation style.

Submitted By Carla Rudder
April 13, 2021

Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly.

Submitted By Bob St. Clair
April 12, 2021

When you're in the same role for several years, it's easy to become complacent. But once a CIO recognizes complacency – in themselves or team members – they can shape a positive outcome. 


Email Capture

Keep up with the latest thoughts, strategies, and insights from CIOs & IT leaders.