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Kubernetes is the industry standard for orchestrating containerized workloads.

TJ Palanca


August 26, 2022

Persistent Storage


  • Use these for putting databases in your cluster.
  • Have stable pod names and you can spin them up in a particular order.
  • Usually you will attach PersistentVolumes to them.

Getting pods to schedule on the right nodes

Taints and Tolerations

  • These are the tools used to ensure that we schedule pods on the right nodes.
  • Taints are applied on nodes, whereas Tolerations are applied on pods.
    • If you add a taint to a node, it will avoid certain pods unless it has that specific toleration.
  • Generally most useful if you need to not schedule unless certain conditions are met.

Node Selector

  • Another option is to use node selector on the pods to select certain nodes onto which the pod can be scheduled.
  • Useful if you need to schedule if only certain conditions are met.