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Should DBAs Learn Kubernetes?

Randolph West makes me violate Betteridge’s Law of Headlines:

So this question, whether a SQL Server DBA really needs to know about Kubernetes, is really a question about whether DBAs need to know about the plumbing that runs the infrastructure upon which our databases reside.

In October 2018 I asked, “What is a DBA anyway?” It was a week after another post where I declared the DBA role “history.” My answer is:

Yes! You need to know Kubernetes if you’re a SQL Server DBA.

I agree with Randolph that it’s useful for a DBA to have at least some working understanding of Kubernetes, especially around being able to troubleshoot database issues on the platform. Read on for Randolph’s take on the matter.