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basic containers and volume relationship • basic cloud storage
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persistent volume type • claims • storage classes • EBS volumes in AWS Cloud
Chad Crowell and Michael Levan
1 week · 2-4 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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Interpop, a popular music-streaming service, wants its millions of customers across the globe to be able to view the same data—their user profiles and music playlists, for example—every time they open the service’s app. As Interpop’s new Kubernetes administrator, it’s up to you to prevent loss of data by setting up Interpop’s Kubernetes clusters to persist indefinitely. Using YAML, you’ll configure and create a persistent volume that allows for data to persist beyond the life of a pod (because pods are natively ephemeral). You’ll also create a persistent volume claim, ensuring that the app has enough storage to run efficiently. Using various storage allocation methods, you’ll streamline the process of creating storage on-the-fly, helping to boost Interpop’s developers’ productivity. To prepare for production, you’ll configure and run a MySQL database* and attach persistent storage to it. When you’re finished, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to prevent the loss of vital data, and Interpop will sing your praises!

*The approximate cost to run EKS in AWS Cloud is $4.33 USD.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Chad Crowell

Chad Crowell is a certified Microsoft trainer (MCT) and the author of dozens of courses on Kubernetes and DevOps with Pluralsight and INE. A Windows administrator turned DevOps professional, he works as a consultant helping companies with cloud and DevOps transformations. He currently holds the Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification and has been teaching Kubernetes to professionals for four years.

Michael Levan

Michael Levan is a seasoned engineer and consultant in the Kubernetes space who works with startups and enterprises around the globe on Kubernetes and cloud native projects. He also coaches aspiring engineers as they embark on their engineering journeys, and creates real-world, project-focused content, which he enjoys sharing with the tech community through books, blogs, and international speaking engagements.


This liveProject is for systems administrators with an intermediate level of knowledge of the Linux command line, YAML, and containers using tools like Docker or CRI-O. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Kubernetes basics (including using kubectl to access the Kubernetes API)
  • Familiarity with vim (how to create, edit, and save files in vim)
  • Basics of navigating a Linux shell environment
  • A local machine where you can set up and run Kubernetes
  • Deploy and manage Kubernetes resources with kubectl
  • Deploy applications with specific YAML configurations
  • Mount a volume to a container within a pod
  • View the contents of the volume from within a container


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