Want to try out Kubernetes with Kata Containers?
Look no further! Our playground comes with a fully functional Kubernetes installation with Kata Containers enabled, so that you can dive right in and start experimenting. No more waiting around for installations or configurations to complete.
Kubernetes is a container orchestrator. Yet, Kubernetes itself does not know how to create, start, and stop containers. Instead, it delegates these operations to a pluggable component called the container runtime. The container runtime is a piece of software that creates and manages containers on a cluster node.
Kubernetes supports any runtime that implements the Kubernetes CRI (Container Runtime Interface). It specifies the interface that the container runtime must implement to be compatible with Kubernetes. This makes it easier to integrate new or custom runtimes, allowing the users to choose one that best suits their needs.
Kata Containers is an open source container runtime. It is a perfect choice for teams that want to use containers but require better container isolation for security reasons.
In traditional container environments, all containers share the same kernel. The kernel is the central part of the operating system that manages the hardware resources of the host machine. This means that if one container becomes compromised, it can potentially access and exploit the resources of other containers, leading to security vulnerabilities.
The shared kernel problem is a major security concern for organizations that rely on containers to deploy and manage their applications. It can lead to data breaches, unauthorized access, and other security threats that can compromise the integrity and security of the entire system.
To solve this problem, Kata Containers uses open-source hypervisors as an isolation box for each container, providing an additional layer of security. With this approach, each container gets its own (separate) isolated kernel, making it much harder for attackers to gain access to the host system or other containers. This helps prevent data breaches and other security threats, providing a more secure and reliable container environment.
Note: A hypervisor is a special software that creates virtual machines (VMs) and allocates resources such as CPU, memory, and storage to each VM, allowing them to run independently and in isolation from each other.
In addition to providing better isolation, which results in improved security, Kata Containers is also lightweight and fast. This makes it an ideal choice for cloud native computing. It's easy to deploy and manage, making it a great option for teams looking to improve their container security without sacrificing performance.
Our playground comes with a single-node Kubernetes cluster with Kata Containers runtime.
Note that you can use the playground for 1 hour. If required, you can extend the usage by 15 minutes by clicking on the icon next to the timer icon.
So why wait?
Try our Kubernetes with Kata Containers Playground and learn how to use containers that are much better isolated from each other and the host system they're running on.