Part II – Kubernetes DevOps : Introduction to Helm

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In part two of his series on Kubernetes DevOps, Premier Developer Consultant Razi Rais focuses on teaching you how to use the tool, Helm.

This is the second post in a multi-part blog series on Kubernetes DevOps using Azure. I am co-authoring this series with the help of my colleague at Microsoft, Daniel Selman. We recently worked on K8s project together and thought to share our learnings.

In the last post, you got to better understand the application that was going to be deployed in the Kubernetes cluster. In this post, you will learn about the tool called “Helm”.

So what is Helm?

Do you know how all things Kubernetes are named after nautical terms? This really isn’t any different.

Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes and is analogous to Apt-Get for Linux environments. It is made up of two components: Tiller which is the server-side component, and Helm which is the client-side component. Helm packages are known as charts and by default use a public chart repository. However, they can be configured to use a private repository (like Azure blob storage). Helm charts are written in a mix of YAML and Go Templating Syntax.

You can read more of Razi’s post here.


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