NGINX on Kubernetes, All The Details

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Bret is joined by two pros from the NGINX team, Robert Haynes and Brian Ehlert to break down the various use cases of NGINX on Kubernetes, and help you decide when and where you'll be using it.

There's a lot going on around NGINX and I wanted to focus this conversation around NGINX on Kubernetes, and specifically the two ways you can run it for cluster ingress. We also get into some of the advanced scenarios of using NGINX, like caching and web application firewalls (WAF).

Many of us are using NGINX somewhere in our clusters. I found it very interesting how Robert, Brian, and the team at F5 spend a lot of time showing customers how they can use it in many ways to avoid deploying additional products on their clusters. I'm a big fan of reducing complexity.

Streamed live on YouTube on December 15, 2022.

Unedited live recording of this show on YouTube (Ep. #195).

Intro to K8s networking
The basic Kubernetes Ingress provider of NGINX
The official NGINX team Ingress CRD (more features)
Gateway API for K8s
Monitoring NGINX
Monitoring NGINX with Prometheus

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  • (00:00) - DDT MAIN
  • (00:04) - Intro
  • (00:53) - Custom intro
  • (02:41) - Main show
  • (02:46) - Introductions
  • (03:05) - Today's topic
  • (03:40) - Question: Common NGINX use cases
  • (05:21) - NGINX's web server capabilities
  • (06:11) - Common NGINX on Kubernetes considerations
  • (09:28) - API gateway vs ingress
  • (14:12) - Ingress configurations and policies
  • (16:35) - CRD with ingress project
  • (19:52) - When people adopt Kubernetes
  • (22:33) - Free vs Paid version
  • (27:17) - Question
  • (27:27) - Last-minute risky annotations
  • (31:52) - Validating NGINX configs
  • (34:44) - Avoiding NGINX config manipulation
  • (39:46) - Questions
  • (41:00) - Monitoring in NGINX
  • (42:32) - Prometheus exporter
  • (43:59) - Question about caching
  • (49:39) - Question
  • (51:21) - Wrapping up
  • (54:05) - Outro

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Creators and Guests

Bret Fisher
Bret Fisher
Cloud native DevOps Dude. Course creator, YouTuber, Podcaster. Docker Captain and CNCF Ambassador. People person who spends too much time in front of a computer.
Beth Fisher
Beth Fisher
Producer of DevOps and Docker Talk podcast since 2019. Assistant producer on Bret Fisher Live show on YouTube. Business and proposal writer by trade.
Brian Ehlert
Innovator | Learn it all | Make it real | Build for Customers | I am really picky about the stuff I retweet
Cristi Cotovan
Cristi Cotovan
Video editor and educational content producer. Descript and Camtasia coach.
Robert Haynes
Robert Haynes
Technobabble, bikes and stuff. Unsure of towel location. He/Him/Daaaaaaad!
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