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The KCNA Book

Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate

About the Book

Kubernetes and cloud native technologies are reshaping the world.

Building apps as small, specialised, single-purpose services that can self-heal, autoscale, and be regularly updated without downtime brings huge benefits. However, possessing the knowledge and skills to leverage these technologies is a huge career boost for you as an individual. It can get you the best roles, on the best projects, at the best organisations. It can even earn you more money.

With this in mind, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation designed the Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) certification and exam as a way for you to prove your competence with these technologies.

This book covers all of the exam objectives in one place in a well-organised and concise format. It's useful as both a revision guide and a place to start learning new technologies and concepts. For example, if you already know the basics of Kubernetes, the book will reinforce everything you already know, as well as test your knowledge with its extensive quizzes and explanations. However, if you're new to any of the topics on the exam, the book will get you up-to-speed quickly.

Contains over 250 sample questions, including a full sample exam.

About the Author

Nigel Poulton
Nigel Poulton

Nigel is a self confessed technology addict who is hell-bent on creating the best Kubernetes and cloud learning resources on the planet. He's the author of over 16 video training courses at Pluralsight, as well as more at A Cloud Guru, Udemy and more... He's active on Twitter, creates weekly and monthly Kubernetes videos on YouTube, and his website is the best place for links to learn about Kubernetes. When he's not rocking it with Kubernetes, he likes cars and football.

Nigel Poulton

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Table of Contents

  • Getting started
    • Who is the book for
    • How is the book organised
    • About the author
    • Feedback
  • 1: Setting the scene
    • Virtualisation
    • Containerisation
    • Monolithic vs microservices
    • Chapter summary
    • Exam essentials
    • Recap questions
  • 2: Cloud native architecture
    • Defining cloud native architecture
    • Resiliency
    • Autoscaling
    • Serverless
    • Community and governance
    • Roles and personas
    • Open standards
    • Chapter summary
    • Exam essentials
    • Recap questions
  • 3: Container orchestration
    • Primer
    • Container runtimes
    • Container orchestration fundamentals
    • Container security
    • Container networking
    • Service meshes
    • Container storage
    • Chapter summary
    • Exam essentials
    • Recap Questions
  • 4: Kubernetes Fundamentals
    • Primer
    • Simple Kubernetes workflow
    • Containers and pods
    • Augmenting pods
    • Kubernetes architecture
    • Scheduling
    • Kubernetes namespaces
    • The Kubernetes API and API server
    • Kubernetes networking
    • Chapter summary
    • Exam essentials
    • Recap questions
  • 5: Cloud native application delivery
    • Primer
    • CI/CD
    • GitOps
    • Chapter summary
    • Exam essentials
    • Recap questions
  • 6: Cloud native observability
    • Primer
    • Telemetry and observability
    • Prometheus
    • Cost management
    • Chapter summary
    • Exam essentials
    • Recap questions
  • 7: The exam
    • Exam domains and competencies
    • About the exam
    • Booking the exam
    • Taking the exam
    • Getting your result
    • Staying connected
  • 8: Sample test
  • Appendix A: Chapter quiz answers
    • Chapter 1: Setting the scene
    • Chapter 2: Cloud native architecture
    • Chapter 3: Container orchestration
    • Chapter 4: Kubernetes fundamentals
    • Chapter 5: Cloud native application delivery
    • Chapter 6: Cloud native observability
  • Appendix B: Sample Test answers
  • What next
    • Other exams
    • Books
    • Video courses
    • Let’s connect

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