Kubernetes pods versus Docker container in Google's codelabs tutorial

This question pertains to the Kubernetes tutorial on Google’s CodeLabs found here: https://codelabs.developers.google.com/codelabs/cloud-compute-kubernetes/index.html?index=..%2F..%2Fgcp-next#15

I’m new to both Docker and Kubernetes and am confused over their use of the term “pods” which seems to contradict itself.

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  • From that tutorial:

    A Kubernetes pod is a group of containers, tied together for the purposes of administration and networking. It can contain one or more containers. All containers within a single pod will share the same networking interface, IP address, disk, etc. All containers within the same pod instance will live and die together. It’s especially useful when you have, for example, a container that runs the application, and another container that periodically polls logs/metrics from the application container.

    That is in-line with my understanding of how Kubernetes pods relate to containers, however they then go on to say:

    Optional interlude: Look at your pod running in a Docker container on the VM

    If you ssh to that machine (find the node the pod is running on by using kubectl describe pod | grep Node), you can then ssh into the machine with gcloud compute ssh . Finally, run sudo docker ps to see the actual pod

    My problems with the above quote:

    1. . “Look at your pod running in a Docker container” appears to be
      backwards. Shouldn’t it say “Look at your Docker container running
      on the VM”?
    2. “…run sudo docker ps to see the actual pod” doesn’t make sense, since “docker ps” lists docker containers, not pods.

    So am I way off base here or is the tutorial incorrect?

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    As mentioned above pod can run more than one container, but in fact to make it simple running more than one container in a pod is an exception and definitely not the common use. you may look at a pod as a container++ that’s the easy way to look at it.

    If you starting with kubernetes I have wrote the blog below that explain the main 3 entities you need to be familiar with to get started with kubernetes, which are pods, deployments and services.

    here it is
    http://codefresh.io/blog/kubernetes-snowboarding-everything-intro-kubernetes/

    feedback welcome!

    One nuance that most people don’t know about docker running Kubenretes is that it is running a outdated version. I found that if I went to Google’s cloud based solution for Kubernetes everything was quite easy to setup. Here is my sample code of how I set up Kubernetes with Docker.

    I had to use the command line utility for Docker though to properly get everything to work. I think this should point you in the right direction.

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