Some of the complaints that I hear about building a new Kubernetes (K8) cluster is that a Cluster for testing out K8 is too expensive for companies to spin up. In the modern days, that just isn’t true. DCAC was able to build our brand new K8 customer lab for about $2,000 all in. Granted our cluster is a smaller two-node cluster, and there are only 128 Gigs of RAM per server (we’ll increase this if we need to). But this is a big enough cluster to show clients how K8 can be helpful to them and work on scripts for clients (and to publish online).
Is K8 running SQL Server that all DBAs should be able to test out to see if this is where they’re company should be going in the future? Yes for sure.
Is this something that’s too expensive for companies to try out? No, not at all. If your employer has a couple of thousand dollars for hardware, you can make a test lab happen. Even if the equipment gets thrown away six months later, it’s worth the small expense.
Needless to say, our lab for us to test out customer ideas is growing again.