ta-ching chen

8 minute read


When users try to develop serverless applications, they often choose to start with serverless services offered on public clouds, like AWS Lambda or Google Cloud Functions. However, users may encounter following problems after application development:

  1. Simulating the same environment on local machines is difficult
  2. Vendor lock-in prevents moving applications from one cloud provider to another
  3. Sensitive data that should not be sent outside an on-premises datacenter

Fission is a serverless framework built on top of Kubernetes. Here are some benefits for adopting Fission as serverless solution to develop a severless application:

  • Portability
    • Laptop, PC, On-premises datacenter, even cloud providers. Wherever you can run Kubernetes, you can run Fission.
    • Recreate a serverless application in short time with fission spec files.
  • Support rich event sources
    • HTTP Trigger
    • Message queue trigger: NATS, Kafka
    • Time trigger
  • Rich Environment (Language) supportability
    • NodeJs, Go, Python, Java (JVM languages), Ruby, Perl, PHP7, DotNet, DotNet2, Binary
    • BYOE (Build Your Own Environment)
  • Build automation
    • Builder manager inside Fission helps to create a deployable function package from source code.

After seeing these advantages for adopting Fission as serverless framework, you may feel exciting and start wondering how to create a serverless applciation with Fission. Let’s dive into the concepts of fission first.

Fission and Istio Integration

Tutorial for how to integrate Fission with Istio

ta-ching chen

3 minute read



Fission is a framework for serverless functions on Kubernetes. Istio is an open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservice announced by Google, IBM and Lyft. It makes sense to combine them together to provide user more powerful functionalities.

Since this is the very first step for fission to integrate with Istio, there are still couple problems need to be solved. For those interested in trying to integrate fission with istio, following is the set up tutorial.


Test Environment

  • Google Kubernetes Engine: 1.9.2-gke.1 cluster
  • Fission: 0.6.0
  • Istio: 0.6.0

Create Kubernetes v1.9+ Alpha Cluster

Available zone can be found here

$ export ZONE=<zone name>
$ gcloud container clusters create istio-demo-1 \
    --machine-type=n1-standard-2 \
    --num-nodes=1 \
    --no-enable-legacy-authorization \
    --zone=$ZONE \

Kubernetes - Two Steps Installation

Learn how to use Kubeadm to install Kubernetes in mins

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4 minute read


Long time ago, the way to install kubernetes was quite complicate. After kubernetes 1.4, we can use Kubeadm to install a kubernetes cluster with only two steps. Now, let’s start our journey.


  • Ubuntu 16.04


  • install.sh
apt-get update && apt-get install -y apt-transport-https curl
curl -s https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | apt-key add -
cat <<EOF >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/kubernetes.list
deb http://apt.kubernetes.io/ kubernetes-xenial main
apt-get update
# Install docker if you don't have it already.
apt-get install -y docker.io
apt-get install -y kubelet kubeadm kubectl kubernetes-cni