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Brian Matheson, Intro to Kubernetes and Chaos Testing @ mabl

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The Ministry of Testing - Boston will be holding its February 2020 meeting at mabl's offices, 101 Arch St., 16th floor.

Brian Matheson, Developer Advocate at MayaData sponsor of ChaosHub and Litmus, two open-source tools that can be used for chaos testing, will be giving an introduction about Kubernetes and how it can be used in testing Cloud Native applications.

Thank you, once again, for for hosting!

6:00 pm: Meet and greet, enjoying food and beverages sponsored by mabl.

6:30 pm: Session begins

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From the presenter, Brian Matheson:
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"The best current practice for new application development is to use Cloud Native design and deployment patterns. There are a lot of reasons for this, but this best practice is driving the adoption of Kubernetes as a standard, Cloud Native deployment platform for hosting microservices in global enterprises now. Kubernetes is young, and stateful applications (i.e. applications that have persistent data storage requirements, whether it's login info, or an inventory database) have been particularly difficult to manage within Kubernetes. In this talk, we'll go over the what and why of Kubernetes (often abbreviated as 'k8s'), The difference between stateless and stateful apps in k8s, and how to test these stateful apps to make sure they're robust.

"Cloud Native apps work best on Kubernetes, but what the heck *is* kubernetes? It's fundamentally an infrastructure abstraction, but it's also a scheduling system that knows how to find "space" for an app in a given set of infrastructure. Kubernetes handles installing and running an application in a container on a specific server, but what about data volumes for that container? What happens to the app if the data goes away, or if the app comes up before the data source is ready?

"Kubernetes comes with a lot of functionality to manipulate the virtual infrastructure around your application. Litmus is a tool that uses that functionality to inject 'chaos' into the infrastructure (think Chaos Monkey). The Chaos test can, for example, terminate one or all instances of a particular service. This chaos experiment can happen any time in the application lifecycle, allowing the user to characterize application behavior in response to infrastructure events".

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