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Introduction to Containers, Kubernetes, and OpenShift V2

This course introduces the core concepts of Containers and Kubernetes and explains how containers differ from virtual machines. It also covers the importance of containers in cloud computing as well as the emerging ecosystem of related technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, Istio and Knative.





  • English


  • Cloud Computing


  • IBMDeveloperSkillsNetwork

Estimated Effort

  • 6 hours
About This course


Containers and Cloud Native are the most significant invention in IT since the introduction of virtualization. Everyone from a small startup to a large multinational corporation is transitioning to this technology and they are looking for people who have the skills.

After completing this course, you will be able to build applications the Cloud Native way and be able to deploy your applications at a scale that will make Google envious.

This course introduces you to containers and explains how containers differ from virtual machines.  It also covers the importance of containers in cloud computing as well as the emerging ecosystem of related technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and Istio.

This course is of interest to anyone who wants to be a cloud practitioner and use container skills as developers, architects, system engineers, network specialists and many other roles. The material also serves the needs of those who perform the tasks of advising, building, moving and managing cloud solutions.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of containers
  • Build and run a container image
  • Understand Kubernetes architecture
  • Write a YAML deployment file
  • Expose deployment as a service
  • Manage applications with Kubernetes
  • Use ReplicaSets, auto-scaling, rolling updates and service bindings
  • Understand the benefits of OpenShift, Istio and other important tools


Module 1

  • Introduction to containers
  • Introduction to Docker
  • Building container images
  • Using container registries
  • Running containers

Module 2

  • Understanding container orchestration
  • Understanding Kubernetes architecture
  • Introduction to Kubernetes objects
  • Using basic Kubernetes objects
  • Using the kubectl command
  • Leveraging Kubernetes

Module 3

  • Using ReplicaSets
  • Using autoscaling
  • Understanding rolling updates
  • Understanding ConfigMaps and secrets
  • Using service bindings

Module 4 - The Kubernetes ecosystem

  • The Kubernetes Ecosystem
  • Introduction to Red Hat OpenShift
  • Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes
  • Builds
  • Operators
  • Istio

Final exam


There are no hard requirements needed to be able to take the course, however a foundation level understanding of Cloud Computing will help, such as that obtained from the Introduction to Cloud (CC0101EN) and IBM Cloud Essentials (CC0103EN).


Alex Parker is an offering manager for IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud, and IBM Cloud Container Registry, with many years of experience as a software engineer. He creates articles, tutorials and education materials to equip technical professionals to become successful with cloud solutions. Alex is known for his ability to drive technical teams toward excellence. He currently resides in North Carolina, USA.


Upkar Lidder is a senior software engineer with 10+ years experience in IT development including team management, functional and technical leadership roles with a deep experience in full-stack technology. Currently focused on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, he can be seen speaking at various conferences and participating in local tech groups and meetups. Upkar went to graduate school in Canada and currently resides in the United States.


Heather Nelson is a senior program manager for IBM Garage Practitioner Activation with many years of experience designing and developing education that rapidly accelerates the growth of new skills required for emerging technology. She is well known for her ability to identify and overcome learning roadblocks and implementing techniques for effective learning. She currently resides in the greater Boston area in the United States.


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