GKE Services and Network Policies

Developing for Kubernetes involves more than just building and deploying containers. This course will cover how to manage communication both inside and outside of your Kubernetes cluster. You will learn how to organize your pods with namespaces, map IP addresses to a group of pods, and how to control communication with your pods using network policies.  

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Learning Objectives

  • Create and use namespaces
  • Connect to your pods using services
  • Define and enforce network policies

Intended Audience

  • Engineers who want to deploy applications on a Kubernetes cluster
  • People who want to get GCP certified (eg: Professional Cloud Developer)


  • Basic understanding of Kubernetes
  • Experience building and deploying containers

Welcome to Google Kubernetes Engine Services and Network Policies. My name is Daniel Mease, and I'll be taking you through this course. I'm a Google Cloud Platform Instructor at Cloud Academy with over 20 years of software and web development experience. This course is intended for: Developers of containerized applications; Engineers responsible for deploying to Kubernetes; Or anyone preparing for a Google Cloud certification, such as the Professional Cloud Developer exam.

After completing this course, you will be able to: One, create and use Kubernetes namespaces. Two, connect to your pods using Kubernetes services; and three, define and enforce network policies for your cluster. The following prerequisites will be helpful for this course. First, you should have a basic understanding of Kubernetes. And second, you should have some experience building and deploying containers. Feedback on our courses is valuable both to us as trainers and our future students.

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About the Author
Learning Paths

Daniel began his career as a Software Engineer, focusing mostly on web and mobile development. After twenty years of dealing with insufficient training and fragmented documentation, he decided to use his extensive experience to help the next generation of engineers.

Daniel has spent his most recent years designing and running technical classes for both Amazon and Microsoft. Today at Cloud Academy, he is working on building out an extensive Google Cloud training library.

When he isn’t working or tinkering in his home lab, Daniel enjoys BBQing, target shooting, and watching classic movies.