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Cluster API Provider Packet

Already corralled containers with Kubernetes? Time to corral multiple clusters by enabling one as “manager.”

Version v0.8.0 was released on 09 January, 2024 View changelog
Cluster API Provider Packet

What is it?

If managing multiple clusters has become more complex or time consuming than expected, it may be time to implement Cluster API. While the Kubernetes API corrals containers into clusters, Cluster API allows a single "manager" cluster to manage other "workload" clusters' creation, configuration, and deletion. This is the promise of “cluster lifecycle management.”

This can be especially helpful when one wants a single pane of glass to manage clusters with different purposes and users. The managing cluster coordinates kubernetes version updates and node expansion of the workload clusters. This allows you to manage the associated cluster nodes via infrastructure as code.

Combine this with a GitOps provider and you have a truly state of the art cluster management system.

Why do we love it?

  • Infrastructure as Code: Set up the entire lifecycle management of clusters through declarative code that can be versioned, updated, and repeated. Stop manually creating, configuring, upgrading, and deleting clusters.

  • Unified API: Learn one workflow to rule them all. Cluster API uses the same powerful Equinix Metal API used by other projects like our Terraform Library and metal-go.

  • Zero-Downtime Upgrades: Since changes execute by first rolling in new nodes and then rolling out old ones, there is no downtime. This is a huge improvement over the traditional method of upgrading clusters. Additionally, cluster creation with Cluster API is so fast and easy that it makes setting up a new cluster to test new versions a breeze.

How do you use it?

See the extremely useful Cluster API book, the Equinix Metal examples in the Quick Start guide, and the Cluster API Provider Packet Readme for much more information.

Get support on the Equinix Metal Community Slack and Community Site.

Submit new feature requests on the Equinix Metal Roadmap.

Last updated

15 April, 2024

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