Eric Lewis

Web Developer

Interactive News @ The New York Times

@ericandrewlewis (short for Eric Andrew Lewis not Eric and Rew Lewis!)

Kubernetes in use at The New York Times

Interactive News

Developer-Journalists

assisting with novel forms of news coverage

The (Photo) Backpack

Parsing election data

https://github.com/newsdev/elex/

Quizzes

Election result data collation

Quiz

maker

Watermark

tool

Live Coverage

Realtime Q&A 

NYTimes en Español

+ many more

Lots of applications

We're generalist, web-leaning developers

In a deadline-driven environment, developers need concentrated responsibility.

We wanted a self-service, dev-friendly application platform

  1. Give developer an application server
  2. Give developer an application server without root access
  3. Let developer provision a server with Chef
  4. Automate the use of Chef
  5. Use containers loaded via Fleet
  6. Use containers loaded via Kubernetes

A brief history of our infrastructure

Containerization breaks down barriers between developer and sys admin

Containers let you run Varnish in minutes to debug VCL

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Self-service in VMs vs Kube

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Apps in VMs are expensive

"You need sign off to create an app because a VM costs money"

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VMs require configuration

"We need to set up networking for your app"

"Only I have the cloud provider credentials to do that"

Creating an app in Kubernetes is nominal

We wanted more than kubectl

App = service + rc

Opinionated Deploys

Add secrets

Next step: start using Kube Dashboard

Request Flow

some-app.pub.prod.int.nytimes.com
=>
some-app.pub.svc.cluster.local

Default service domain names

www.nytimes.com/something => some-app

Path-based service routing

Redirects + Static asset proxy

Eric Lewis

@ericandrewlewis

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