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Use Sonobuoy for end-to-end conformance testing of your Kubernetes cluster

Currently, there are about 70+ distributions of Kubernetes available, would it be good if there are set of conformance tests to make sure that a Kubernetes cluster meets the minimal set of features? Sonobuoy is a diagnostic tool that makes it easier to understand the state of a Kubernetes cluster by running a set of Kubernetes conformance tests in an accessible and non-destructive manner. It is a customizable, extendable, and cluster-agnostic way to generate clear, informative reports about your cluster.

To get a basic understanding of Kubernetes concepts, please refer to earlier posts for understanding on Kubernetes & how to create, deploy & rollout updates to the cluster.

Conformance-passing cluster provides the following guarantees

  • Best practices: Your Kubernetes is properly configured. This is useful to know whether you are running a distribution out of the box or handling your own custom setup.
  • Predictability: All your cluster behavior is well-documented. Available features in the official Kubernetes documentation can be taken as a given. Unexpected bugs should be rare because distribution-specific issues are weeded out during the conformance tests.
  • Interoperability: Workloads from other conforming clusters can be ported into your cluster or vice versa. This standardization of Kubernetes is a key advantage of open source software and allows you to avoid vendor lock-in.

In addition to conformance testing, Sonobuoy also supports a plugin model. In this model, worker pods are dispatched into the cluster to collect data from each node and use an aggregation URL to submit their results back to a waiting aggregation pod. This enables you to integrate conformance test results into your reporting.

Sonobuoy Plugin Architecture

Image – Sonobuoy Plugin Architecture

For detailed information about the conformance tests, plugins, and snapshots, check out the documentation here.

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