Cloud Native on a Shoestring Budget

Cloud Native on a Shoestring Budget

I am embarking on a journey to build a solid Kubernetes platform with industry best practices and security-hardening but without breaking the bank. This platform will have capabilities somewhere between a home lab setup, and an enterprise-ready deployment.

Table of Contents

I will be compiling a list of pages here as I go on this journey.

  1. DigitalOcean vs Vultr vs UpCloud vs Linode Shootout: Part 1
  2. DigitalOcean vs Vultr vs UpCloud vs Linode Shootout: Part 2
  3. Linode Kubernetes Engine Clusters With Terraform

AWS Has Spoiled Me

I've been using AWS for years and to be honest, only occasionally have had to think about cost as a deciding factor for making architectural decisions. I've been fortunate to work at a company that is able to commit significant resources to enterprise cloud infrastructure.

I've built enterprise-grade Kubernetes platforms already. I know how to go big. It's time to get small and see what can I can do when I have to pay the bill. I want to get as much bang for my buck.


  • 100% Infrastructure as Code
  • Under $100/month for a complete Kubernetes platform
  • No security compromises
  • Rapid prototyping to production workflow
  • Open source

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