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Preparing for the Kubernetes Certified Administrator Exam

In a production environment, speed, efficiency, and predictability are top priorities. Container technologies have truly changed the game by allowing developers to standardize application development and production infrastructure. Despite the variety of options for container management, Kubernetes is becoming the platform of choice for deploying containers in the enterprise.

Released by Google in 2014, Kubernetes is an open source project now managed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which recently received $9 million in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits to help fund the move and ensure future development. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, GCP, and most cloud vendors support the Kubernetes platform for managing containers. Many organizations may use OpenShift, an enterprise Kubernetes platform by Red Hat, which is second only to Google in its contribution to the Kubernetes project. Finally, for organizations employing a multi-cloud approach, Kubernetes makes it easy to move applications from one cloud to another, or to run applications on multiple clouds.

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Kubernetes is one of the highest velocity projects in all of open source. Enterprises need their administrators and operations teams to be well-versed in all that Kubernetes has to offer to use their clusters at peak efficiency and with in-depth security. As the platform for deploying applications critical to business success, the ability to competently monitor, troubleshoot, and resolve issues with applications running in Kubernetes is also paramount.

Launched in September 2017, the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) program provides assurance that certified professionals have the skills necessary to administer Kubernetes clusters. To become certified, an individual must pass a rigorous three-hour, performance-based exam. The exam puts the individual in control of multiple live Kubernetes clusters. Using the command-line, individuals must complete tasks to demonstrate the skills required to be successful in administering Kubernetes clusters in industry.

Our new learning path is designed to help teams prepare for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam. The material covers each exam domain in depth: Application Lifecycle Management, Cluster Maintenance, Core Concepts, Installation, Configuration, and Validation, Logging and Monitoring, Networking, Scheduling, Security, Storage, and Troubleshooting.

The Certified Kubernetes Administrator learning path includes a combination of courses, exams, and five labs where users will be able to get hands-on experience building, securing, and troubleshooting Kubernetes deployments in a live cloud environment. A final exam is designed to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of all of the exam domains. Completion of the labs is essential for building up the hands-on experience that is required for succeeding in the exam. I’d even recommend completing them multiple times and challenging yourself to complete the tasks of each lab step without using the provided commands. That is a good way to simulate the real exam environment.

Through the course of the learning path you will learn:

  • How to create, manage, and administer Kubernetes clusters from the ground up
  • The basics of architecting stateful and stateless applications in a Kubernetes cluster
  • How to detect, diagnose, and remedy a variety of Kubernetes failures at the network, node, control-plane, and application levels
  • Pro tips to prepare for and pass the CKA exam

Watch this short video to get an idea of what you will learn. Cloud Academy subscribers can access this learning path today. If you’re not a member, get registered today.

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Logan has been involved in software development and research for over ten years, including four years in the cloud. At Cloud Academy, he is adding to the library of hands-on labs.

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