Understanding what a Kubernetes service does, it’s a job and a half in its own right. Although it’s easily one of the most popular and exciting releases of the past ten years, Kubernetes is also highly difficult to comprehend. It’s an immensely complex project, so don’t beat yourself up over it too much, because a lot of people are having trouble with it right now!
In fact, there are ways in which you can make the process easier, such as focusing on one particular utility of Kubernetes at a time or watching tutorials. However, that’s not what we’re here to talk to you about. No, we’re here to help you understand the bite-sized version of Kubernetes – the minikube.
What is Kubernetes and what does it do?
Kubernetes is an open-source project developed by a team of experts at Google, back in 2013 (released in 2015). In the meantime, said experts have partnered with Linux engineers, in order to bring Kubernetes to the top level it deserves and make it accessible to as many people as possible.
At its core, Kubernetes is a management tool for clusters and containers. Essentially, what it does is help you deploy containers to a virtual network of machines, also known as clusters. It can be a highly useful tool, particularly for cloud storage.
Honestly, it’s something that any cloud storage provider should not only be familiar with but actually offer as part of its service.
What is the minikube?
As we’ve already established, Kubernetes is a highly complex and difficult program to run. It often takes a very long time for you to truly master it, and while that’s good, it can also be time-consuming. So it’s natural to want a version that is easier to understand and use right now.
With that in mind, the developers came out with the minikube, which is a smaller, less complex variant of Kubernetes.
You can run the minikube locally on your very own PC (it’s compatible with Windows, Linux, and macOS), and it is basically a tool that allows you to run simplified Kubernetes. For one thing, it only uses a single-node cluster, making it easier to follow. While the minikube isn’t ideal for large businesses, it’s a great option for personal work.
We’d say it’s a good stepping stone on the way to mastering Kubernetes, as it helps you understand the basics without becoming overwhelming. Of course, since Kubernetes was heavily influenced by the Linux-originating Docker program, and still runs with it, you will need to have that installed on your PC beforehand.
But other than that, the minikube has surprisingly few requirements for use.
The minikube as part of Kubernetes
The minikube is a very small portion of the Kubernetes universe, but for many, it’s a necessary step on the way to better understanding. Yes, Kubernetes can be highly complex and complicated, but with time and patience, you can achieve true mastery – and we assure you that is worth it!