Core Kubernetes

March 13th - 17th

Core Kubernetes Workshop scheduled for March 13th through the 17th

"You guys lived up to your 'best training class ever' advertisements!"

Zach Swanson, Staff Kubernetes Engineer at Wayfair

Our Core Kubernetes workshop covers everything you need to quickly graduate from cloud-native novice to Kubernetes pro.

We've delivered this workshop dozens of times. We've crafted, distilled, honed, buffed and lovingly caressed the content and format to maximize your happiness and to give you precisely the knowledge you need to manage production-grade applications in Kubernetes.

"Great presenters, really good at answering questions and presenting the material in an understandable way!"

Another happy student!


Everything you need to know to deploy your production applications to Kubernetes.

"This is the best quality technical training I've ever attended."

SuperOrbital student

Architecture Overview

  • Cloud-Native Concepts
  • Kubernetes Cluster Topology
  • Kubernetes Components


  • What is a Pod?
  • How Pods run
  • Interacting with Pods
  • Configuring Pods
  • How Pods fail

Managing Resources

  • Understand the kubectl patterns
  • Imperative Porcelain Commands
  • Creating Objects From YAML
  • The Dark Arts of Apply


  • The Networking Model
  • Service Discovery via Environment Variables and DNS
  • How to use ClusterIPs, NodePorts and LoadBalancers
  • How the Services Build on Each Other
  • Exploring IPTables


  • Advantages Over Replication Controllers
  • Creating & Updating Deployments
  • Interacting with Deployments
  • Scaling
  • Rolling Updates and Understanding MaxSurge & MaxUnavailable

Labels & Annotations

  • Using Labels for Glue
  • Finding Objects Using Simple Equality-based Selectors
  • Going Deeper With Advanced Set-based Selectors
  • Using Annotations for Metadata and Directives
  • How to Quarantine Sick Pods


  • Uses for Namespaces
  • Creating, Updating and Destroying
  • Managing Contexts
  • Best Practices

Beyond Deployments

  • Batch Jobs for One-Off Tasks
  • CronJobs for Scheduled Work
  • DaemonSets for Cluster Configuration

ConfigMaps & Secrets

  • Choosing Between Them
  • The Many Ways of Building Them
  • Consuming in Your Pod via Environment Variables and Volumes
  • Dealing with propagation of updates


  • How Ingress Compares to Services
  • Cloud vs Internal Ingresses
  • Routing for Different Hosts and Paths
  • Deploying & Configuring the Nginx Ingress

Health Checks

  • Liveness & Readiness Probes
  • HTTP, TCP and Exec Handlers
  • Tweaking Handler Configuration
  • Lifecycle Handlers: postStart & preStop
  • Achieving True Zero-Downtime Deployments

Multi-container Pods

  • How Multi-container Pods Work
  • Sharing the Network Namespace
  • Sharing Volumes
  • Init Containers
  • Sidecars to Overcome Legacy Logging


  • The History of Volumes in Kubernetes
  • Understanding Dynamic Storage and PVCs
  • Mounting Persistent Cloud-based Disks

Stateful Sets

  • How They Differ from Deployments
  • Stateful Identities
  • Using with Headless Services
  • Volume Claim Templates

Intro to Helm

  • Understand Helm
  • Finding and using 3rd party charts
  • Hydrate them to inspect the deployed YAML
  • Install them in your cluster

Intro to Kustomize

  • How Kustomize Differs From Helm
  • Using With a Single Repository
  • Bases and Overlays

Keeping Up

Sources to follow and to avoid while keeping up with changes in Kubernetes.

The 411

Price: $1,450 per seat ( $950 for early bird tickets).

Dates: March 13th - 17th (Monday through Friday)

Times: 9am to 2pm PST (with a noon - 1pm lunch break)

Format: 3hrs of lecture/labs and 1hr of open Q&A daily.

Delivery: Entirely virtual and live

Class Size: Maximum of 28 students.


Rob Salmond
Engineer & Lead Trainer
Serving an extended sentence in the YAML mines. Claims innocence.

Andrea Giardini
Kubernetes Trainer
Interested in unconventional ideas, people and lifestyles.

Intended Audience

This course covers the core Kubernetes concepts. We recommend this course for your wider application delivery and platform operations teams.

To get the most out of this subject, students must come prepared with an understanding of rudimentary Bash scripting, the basics of Linux networking, processes, users, and permissions, and the fundamentals of containerization. A good place to start is our Docker course, but it's by no means a prerequisite.

This will be the best decision of your life.

I have... Questions?

Why only three hours of training per day?

We believe that sitting in an eight hour lecture is simply mind-numbing. Three hours of intense lecture and hands-on-labs is the perfect amount of time to ingest the information, and gives your brain the downtime it needs to absorb it.

Plus, it gives us time to provide Q&A sessions!

Yeah, so what's with the Q&A sessions? Are they any good?

Some of our past students think the Q&A sessions were the best part of the workshop. They give you a chance to ask more detailed questions, and dig into how Kubernetes works (or doesn't) in your unique situation.

How much does it cost?

If you sign up in time for early bird pricing, only $950 per seat!

Where is the course being held?

In your living room! We're passionately 100% remote, and so is our training. Humans learn better when we're comfortable, and when we haven't had to sit in a grueling 45 minute commute.

What happens if I hate the course?

We truly believe our workshops are the best money can buy. If you disagree, we'll happily refund the full ticket cost.

I'm still so full of questions!

Not a problem at all! Just shoot us an email!

I'm sold! How do I sign up?

Fantastic! We love your enthusiasm! Just follow this link!

Seats are limited, sign up now!

The SuperOrbital Difference

We're infrastructure experts with a reputation for delivering great work. Here’s how we're different:

Battle Hardened

We bring real experience.

We don't just teach: we do. We've wrestled with Kubernetes, Terraform, Istio, Docker and all of the others in real production situations. We've used them in anger. We know where the tools fall down and what the documentation hides.


We give the best advice for your situation.

We believe in cloud native solutions, but we aren't beholden to any vendor. Every situation is unique, and every tool has flaws. We help you understand how the technologies work together to solve your problems. We guide you away from the tools that are hype, and toward those that have proven their worth.

Intensely Hands-On

More than 50% of the time spent in labs.

That's not a typo. We don’t believe in static, podium-based training with some boring instructor talking at you.

Instead, SuperOrbital courses immerse you in an active learning environment where you can internalize the lessons through collaboration and hands-on workshops. The end result is knowledge that sticks, and a foundation for true expertise.


You can't understand the big picture without the details.

We dig deep into a topic, when creating our content. We tease apart every aspect, breaking it down into it's atomic parts. Then we rearrange them into an order our students can easily digest and remember. Our content goes deep, giving you a foundational understanding of how things work under the hood.

Remote first

We're passionately remote-first, and our training shows it.

The days of hours wasted commuting to work are coming to an end, and good riddance. SuperOrbital has always been a passionately remote-first company, and we bring that to our training.

Why travel out of town to sit in a hot, crowded, uncomfortable room for days at a time? Our workshops are taken from the comfort of your own home, and at a schedule that encourages deep learning.

Each of our workshop days consists of three hours of training and a one-hour Q&A session. This helps keep the training active and inspiring, and gives plenty of time for the knowledge to gel.

Start your journey toward Cloud Native mastery!

It's cliché to say it, but we truly believe our workshops are the best money can buy.

If you disagree, we'll happily refund the full ticket cost. No shit.