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The Kubernetes scheduler can be constrained to place a pod on particular nodes using a few different options. One of these options is node and pod affinities. In a smaller homogeneous cluster they probably don’t make too much sense, because the scheduler is doing a good job spreading pods on different nodes, - well, that’s its job - but when you have a larger cluster with different types of nodes, maybe even spreading across availability zones, or multiple racks, then affinities may come in handy.

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Enterprises often use multi-tenant and heterogenous clusters to deploy their applications to Kubernetes. These applications usually have needs which require special scheduling constraints. Pods may require nodes with special hardware, isolation, or colocation with other pods running in the system. The Pipeline platform allows users to express their constraints in terms of resources (CPU, memory, network, IO, etc.). These requirements are turned into infrastructure specifications using Telescopes. Once the cluster nodes are created and properly labeled by Pipeline, deployments are run with the specified constraints automatically on top of Kubernetes.

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