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Containers have been helping teams of all sizes to solve issues with consistency, scalability, and security. Using containers such as Docker allow you to separate the application from the underlying infrastructure. Gaining that separation requires some new tools in order to get the most value out of containers, and one of the most popular tools used for container management and orchestration is Kubernetes. 

Kubernetes allows you to deploy and manage containers at scale. It was designed by Google, based on their years of running containers in production. All of the lessons Google learned early on from their internal tool called Borg were rolled into making Kubernetes production-ready.

This learning path will introduce you to Kubernetes and give you hands on experience. In the opening course, you’ll learn about Kubernetes from an engineer who knows how to use it in production. You’ll also be guided through two labs to help solidify the concepts that you’ve learned. 

Intended Audience

This learning path is intended for anyone who needs to manage containers at scale. If you have a job title of Developer, Release Engineer, DevOps Engineer, or Site Reliability Engineer, then this is probably the learning path for you.


  • Familiarity with Docker
  • Familiar with the CLI

Learning Objectives

By the end of the learning path, you will be able to:

  • Use Kubernetes to manage containers
  • Deploy a stateless application
  • Deploy a stateful application

This Learning Path Includes

  • 1 course containing high-definition video content.
  • 3 labs to practice what you've learned


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  • August 27th, 2019 - Complete update of the Introduction to Kubernetes course, added an Introduction to Kubernetes Playground lab to follow along with the course, and added a Kubernetes Glossary
  • April 24, 2018 - Added Learning Path Exam


Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

Course - Beginner - 2h 30m
Introduction to Kubernetes
This course will teach you all about Kubernetes, including what it is and how to use it.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 4h
Introduction to Kubernetes Playground
The lab creates a Kubernetes cluster for you to use as you progress through the Introduction to Kubernetes course on Cloud Academy.
Resource - Not defined - 10m
Kubernetes Glossary
Use this glossary to overcome the initial Kubernetes jargon hurdle to review terms as they are encountered.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 45m
Deploy a Stateless Application in a Kubernetes Cluster
Deploy a stateless application in a Kubernetes cluster running on Linux in this Lab
Hands-on Lab - Advanced - 2h 45m
Deploy a Stateful Application in a Kubernetes Cluster
Deploy a stateful application in a Kubernetes Cluster in this lab to understand how, why, and when it makes sense to run stateful applications in Kubernetes
Exam - 20m
Final Exam: Introduction to Kubernetes
Final Exam: Introduction to Kubernetes
About the Author
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Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.