It took a few months to plan and about three weeks to build my latest Kubernetes hardware lab. I tested with the new EKS Anywhere bare metal provisioner to install the OS and manage Kubernetes. The cluster is going to be used for training and video content for the Containers from the Couch channel and various in person conferences. Let me know if you have a meetup/conference you would like me to come to via twitter or email.
This blog post will include a parts list and process for anyone who wants to do something similar. I work at Amazon and this was a work project. If you have a cool Kubernetes cluster I’d love to see it.
I used a lot tools I already owned such as a dremel, hot glue gun, soldering iron, wire cutters. I also used some tools from friends such as a Glowforge for select parts. There were other parts I didn’t use because of space limitations and implementation differences between my plan and reality. All of the parts and tools listed above were used in the cluster.
When I started working with EKS Anywhere for bare metal I knew I needed a new home lab. This time I wanted to build something that could be used to validate the software, something self-contained and portable, and something to show visually what the software does.