Kubernetes can run on a range of platforms, from your laptop, to VMs on a cloud provider, to rack of bare metal servers. The effort required to set up a cluster varies from running a single command to crafting your own customized cluster. We’ll guide you in picking a solution that fits for your needs.
If you just want to “kick the tires” on Kubernetes, we recommend the local Docker-based solution using MiniKube.
When you are ready to scale up to more machines and higher availability, a Hosted solution is the easiest to create and maintain.
Turn-key cloud solutions require only a few commands to create and cover a wider range of cloud providers.
Custom solutions require more effort to setup but cover and even they vary from step-by-step instructions to general advice for setting up a Kubernetes cluster from scratch.
Minikube is the recommended method for you to create a single node kubernetes cluster locally for purposes of development and testing. Setup is completely automated and doesn’t require a cloud provider account.
Use the Minikube getting started guide to try it out.
Ubuntu on LXD - Ubuntu supports a 9-instance deployment on localhost via LXD.
Google Container Engine offers managed Kubernetes clusters.
Azure Container Service can easily deploy Kubernetes clusters.
Stackpoint.io provides Kubernetes infrastructure automation and management for multiple public clouds.
AppsCode.com provides managed Kubernetes clusters for various public clouds (including AWS and Google Cloud Platform).
KCluster.io provides highly available and scalable managed Kubernetes clusters for AWS.
Platform9 offers managed Kubernetes on-premises or any public cloud, and provides 24/7 health monitoring and alerting.
These solutions allow you to create Kubernetes clusters on a range of Cloud IaaS providers with only a few commands, and have active community support.
Kubernetes can run on a wide range of Cloud providers and bare-metal environments, and with many base operating systems.
If you can find a guide below that matches your needs, use it. It may be a little out of date, but it will be easier than starting from scratch. If you do want to start from scratch because you have special requirements or just because you want to understand what is underneath a Kubernetes cluster, try the Getting Started from Scratch guide.
If you are interested in supporting Kubernetes on a new platform, check out our advice for writing a new solution.
These solutions are combinations of cloud provider and OS not covered by the above solutions.
These solutions provide integration with 3rd party schedulers, resource managers, and/or lower level platforms.
Here are all the solutions mentioned above in table form.
|IaaS Provider||Config. Mgmt||OS||Networking||Docs||Support Level|
|Azure Container Service||Ubuntu||Azure||docs||Commercial|
|Azure (IaaS)||Ubuntu||Azure||docs||Community (Microsoft)|
|Docker Single Node||custom||N/A||local||docs||Project (@brendandburns)|
|Docker Multi Node||custom||N/A||flannel||docs||Project (@brendandburns)|
|Mesos/Docker||custom||Ubuntu||Docker||docs||Community (Kubernetes-Mesos Authors)|
|Mesos/GCE||docs||Community (Kubernetes-Mesos Authors)|
|DCOS||Marathon||CoreOS/Alpine||custom||docs||Community (Kubernetes-Mesos Authors)|
|Vagrant||CoreOS||CoreOS||flannel||docs||Community (@pires, @AntonioMeireles)|
|Bare-metal (Offline)||CoreOS||CoreOS||flannel||docs||Community (@jeffbean)|
|Vmware vSphere||Saltstack||Debian||OVS||docs||Community (@imkin)|
|Vmware Photon||Saltstack||Debian||OVS||docs||Community (@alainroy)|
|AWS||Juju||Ubuntu||flannel||docs||Commercial and Community ( @matt, @chuck )|
|GCE||Juju||Ubuntu||flannel||docs||Commercial and Community ( @matt, @chuck )|
|Bare Metal||Juju||Ubuntu||flannel||docs||Commercial and Community ( @matt, @chuck )|
|Rackspace||Juju||Ubuntu||flannel||docs||Commercial and Community ( @matt, @chuck )|
|Vmware vSphere||Juju||Ubuntu||flannel||docs||Commercial and Community ( @matt, @chuck )|
|Bare-metal||custom||Ubuntu||flannel||docs||Community (@resouer, @WIZARD-CXY)|
|OpenStack Heat||Saltstack||CentOS||Neutron + flannel hostgw||docs||Community (@FujitsuEnablingSoftwareTechnologyGmbH)|
Note: The above table is ordered by version test/used in notes followed by support level.
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