Tarun — thanks for the feedback! Agreed the labels and such can get in the way little. “name” is like a unique ID, or, in this case, used as the basis of a unique ID. So, a name like “akka-worker” in a deployment will be used as the Pod names, such as akka-worker-[random-string]. Labels can be used to select a group of Pods. E.g., if I need to know all of the akka-worker pods, I can simply select by the label run=akka-worker, and each of the pods returned will have a unique pid name.