Instructions for setting up a Kubernetes cluster.

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Glossary and Terminology

This page explains some of the terminology used in deploying Kubernetes with Juju.

controller - The management node of a cloud environment. Typically you have one controller per cloud region, or more in HA environments. The controller is responsible for managing all subsequent models in a given environment. It contains the Juju API server and its underlying database.

model - A collection of charms and their relationships that define a deployment. This includes machines and units. A controller can host multiple models. It is recommended to separate Kubernetes clusters into individual models for management and isolation reasons.

charm - The definition of a service, including its metadata, dependencies with other services, required packages, and application management logic. It contains all the operational knowledge of deploying a Kubernetes cluster. Included charm examples are kubernetes-core, easy-rsa, kibana, and etcd.

unit - A given instance of a service. These may or may not use up a whole machine, and may be colocated on the same machine. So for example you might have a kubernetes-worker, and filebeat, and topbeat units running on a single machine, but they are three distinct units of different services.

machine - A physical node, these can either be bare metal nodes, or virtual machines provided by a cloud.


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