Kubernetes provides excellent controls around hard and soft limits for resource consumption. The “requested” amount is generally how much of some resource a pod is expected to consume. Consider this the “soft limit”; it gives the scheduler a hint so it can best figure out where to place the pod. The “limit” is the actual “hard limit”. This is the maximum amount of some resource that a pod can consume.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://docs.cloudposse.com/kubernetes/resource-management/