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Book Review: Mastering Elastic Kubernetes Service on AWS

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“Mastering Elastic Kubernetes Service on AWS” by Malcolm Orr and Yang-Xin Cao is a gem for anyone looking to dive headfirst into the world of Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services. This book is like your trusty guide, making the complex seem not-so-intimidating, all while maintaining a friendly, casual tone throughout.

One thing I particularly appreciated about the book is how it eases you in. The authors start by breaking down the basics, from containers and Docker to Kubernetes core concepts. It’s a smooth way to ensure you’re on the same page before diving into the technical stuff.

As the book progresses, it takes you by the hand and walks you through setting up an Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) cluster on AWS. The step-by-step instructions for configurations and deployment, both direct and using Helm charts, are really helpful. You won’t feel lost, promise.

Part 2 of the book, the EKS deep dive, is where things get serious. You get to learn about cluster architecture, networking, storage, and managing worker nodes. The chapters on cluster upgrades and scaling are clear and concise, making the learning process a breeze.

What really sets this book apart is the coverage of AWS IAM, especially IAM Roles for Service Accounts (IRSA). They dive deep and demystify it all, which is a lifesaver when you’re trying to secure your EKS cluster.

The chapters on Service Mesh and AWS Fargate are gold. They offer practical insights that you can apply right away.

Now, here’s the icing on the cake – the diagrams, code snippets, and the troubleshooting chapter. These are your lifelines when you’re in the thick of things. The authors have made sure you’re not left scratching your head.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to the authors, Malcolm Orr and Yang-Xin Cao, for making Kubernetes on AWS less daunting. Kudos to Packt for publishing such a valuable resource.

Oh, and a special shoutout to Linda for hooking me up with a copy of this book. Happy learning, folks!


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Gineesh Madapparambath is the founder of techbeatly and he is the author of the book - 𝗔𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹-𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. He has worked as a Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, and content author. His primary focus is on Ansible Automation, Containerisation (OpenShift & Kubernetes), and Infrastructure as Code (Terraform). (aka Gini Gangadharan -


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