Building a "complete" cluster locally

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on reddit.com/r/kubernetes

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  • k9s

    🐶 Kubernetes CLI To Manage Your Clusters In Style!

    Ideas from my kubernetes experience: * Cert-Manager is very popular and almost a must-have if you terminate SSL inside the cluster * Backups using velero * A dashboard/UI is actually very helpful to quickly browse resources, client tools like k9s are fine too * Secret: Management: Bitnami Sealed Secrets is the second big project in that space * I would add Loki to aggregate Logs * Never heard of ory. Usually I see (dex)[https://dexidp.io/] or keycloak used for Authentication * I like to run OpenEBS as in-cluster storage. * Istio isn't compatible with the upcomming ServiceMeshInterface (i think), so the trend seem to go toward Linkerd * Some Operator to deploy your favorite Database, is also a nice learning exercise.

  • Vault

    A tool for secrets management, encryption as a service, and privileged access management

    hashicorp vault for secret management

  • InfluxDB

    Build time-series-based applications quickly and at scale.. InfluxDB is the Time Series Platform where developers build real-time applications for analytics, IoT and cloud-native services. Easy to start, it is available in the cloud or on-premises.

  • OPA (Open Policy Agent)

    An open source, general-purpose policy engine.

    ory suite for identity, authorization (or OPA?)

  • rook

    Storage Orchestration for Kubernetes

    rook/longhorn for distributed storage

  • prometheus

    The Prometheus monitoring system and time series database.

    prometheus + grafana for monitoring

  • longhorn

    Cloud-Native distributed storage built on and for Kubernetes

    rook/longhorn for distributed storage

  • istio

    Connect, secure, control, and observe services.

    istio for service mesh

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  • helm

    The Kubernetes Package Manager

    helm for package management (with argo)

  • Grafana

    The open and composable observability and data visualization platform. Visualize metrics, logs, and traces from multiple sources like Prometheus, Loki, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, Postgres and many more.

    prometheus + grafana for monitoring

  • Harbor

    An open source trusted cloud native registry project that stores, signs, and scans content.

    harbor for container registry

  • Concourse

    Concourse is a container-based continuous thing-doer written in Go.

    concourse/drone CI (or argo workflows?)

  • falco

    Cloud Native Runtime Security

    Set up Falco to monitor / alert on suspicious activity

  • tilt-extensions

    Extensions for Tilt

    argocd for cd Tilt

  • ctlptl

    Making local Kubernetes clusters fun and easy to set up

    harbor for container registry ctlptl

  • Puts Debuggerer

    Ruby library for improved puts debugging, automatically displaying bonus useful information such as source line number and source code.

    gitea/gitlab for git GitHub

  • democratic-csi

    csi storage for container orchestration systems

    Storage - democratic-csi looked the most promising, it has worked well so far. I am using zfs-generic-iscsi against an Ubuntu 20.04 storage server. I also tried zfs-generic-nfs and it worked successfully with the caveat of having to deal with NFS file permissions.

  • Keycloak

    Open Source Identity and Access Management For Modern Applications and Services

    Ideas from my kubernetes experience: * Cert-Manager is very popular and almost a must-have if you terminate SSL inside the cluster * Backups using velero * A dashboard/UI is actually very helpful to quickly browse resources, client tools like k9s are fine too * Secret: Management: Bitnami Sealed Secrets is the second big project in that space * I would add Loki to aggregate Logs * Never heard of ory. Usually I see (dex)[https://dexidp.io/] or keycloak used for Authentication * I like to run OpenEBS as in-cluster storage. * Istio isn't compatible with the upcomming ServiceMeshInterface (i think), so the trend seem to go toward Linkerd * Some Operator to deploy your favorite Database, is also a nice learning exercise.

  • sealed-secrets

    A Kubernetes controller and tool for one-way encrypted Secrets

    Ideas from my kubernetes experience: * Cert-Manager is very popular and almost a must-have if you terminate SSL inside the cluster * Backups using velero * A dashboard/UI is actually very helpful to quickly browse resources, client tools like k9s are fine too * Secret: Management: Bitnami Sealed Secrets is the second big project in that space * I would add Loki to aggregate Logs * Never heard of ory. Usually I see (dex)[https://dexidp.io/] or keycloak used for Authentication * I like to run OpenEBS as in-cluster storage. * Istio isn't compatible with the upcomming ServiceMeshInterface (i think), so the trend seem to go toward Linkerd * Some Operator to deploy your favorite Database, is also a nice learning exercise.

  • velero

    Backup and migrate Kubernetes applications and their persistent volumes

    Ideas from my kubernetes experience: * Cert-Manager is very popular and almost a must-have if you terminate SSL inside the cluster * Backups using velero * A dashboard/UI is actually very helpful to quickly browse resources, client tools like k9s are fine too * Secret: Management: Bitnami Sealed Secrets is the second big project in that space * I would add Loki to aggregate Logs * Never heard of ory. Usually I see (dex)[https://dexidp.io/] or keycloak used for Authentication * I like to run OpenEBS as in-cluster storage. * Istio isn't compatible with the upcomming ServiceMeshInterface (i think), so the trend seem to go toward Linkerd * Some Operator to deploy your favorite Database, is also a nice learning exercise.

  • zfs-localpv

    CSI Driver for dynamic provisioning of Persistent Local Volumes for Kubernetes using ZFS.

    Ideas from my kubernetes experience: * Cert-Manager is very popular and almost a must-have if you terminate SSL inside the cluster * Backups using velero * A dashboard/UI is actually very helpful to quickly browse resources, client tools like k9s are fine too * Secret: Management: Bitnami Sealed Secrets is the second big project in that space * I would add Loki to aggregate Logs * Never heard of ory. Usually I see (dex)[https://dexidp.io/] or keycloak used for Authentication * I like to run OpenEBS as in-cluster storage. * Istio isn't compatible with the upcomming ServiceMeshInterface (i think), so the trend seem to go toward Linkerd * Some Operator to deploy your favorite Database, is also a nice learning exercise.

  • k3s

    Lightweight Kubernetes

    That is a pretty decent list. Keep in mind, that you'll need a decent machine to run all of this. If you are more interested in things running on kubernetes, than cluster management, you might want to look into k3s/k3d. k3s does not have etcd, but uses a lot fewer resources.

  • cert-manager

    Automatically provision and manage TLS certificates in Kubernetes

    Ideas from my kubernetes experience: * Cert-Manager is very popular and almost a must-have if you terminate SSL inside the cluster * Backups using velero * A dashboard/UI is actually very helpful to quickly browse resources, client tools like k9s are fine too * Secret: Management: Bitnami Sealed Secrets is the second big project in that space * I would add Loki to aggregate Logs * Never heard of ory. Usually I see (dex)[https://dexidp.io/] or keycloak used for Authentication * I like to run OpenEBS as in-cluster storage. * Istio isn't compatible with the upcomming ServiceMeshInterface (i think), so the trend seem to go toward Linkerd * Some Operator to deploy your favorite Database, is also a nice learning exercise.

  • keda

    KEDA is a Kubernetes-based Event Driven Autoscaling component. It provides event driven scale for any container running in Kubernetes

    Also, you might want to enable https://keda.sh/ and try to use it.

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