Multi-Cluster Kubernetes Part One: Defining Goals and Responsibilities

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7 min readApr 12, 2022

By Elly Obare

Multi-Cluster Kubernetes Part One: Defining Goals and Responsibilities

Developers who work in fast-paced environments face the risk of infrastructure sprawl in their VMs or servers. Even with the rise in containerized deployments on Kubernetes and other platforms, admins still must determine how to efficiently manage hundreds and thousands of clusters for various projects.

Common concerns for an organization’s project deployments include how to run multiple workloads and whether a cluster is large enough to handle the work.

A Kubernetes multi-cluster setup can solve these problems. Multi-cluster architecture is a strategy for spinning up several clusters to achieve better isolation, availability, and scalability. In this type of implementation, an application’s infrastructure is distributed and maintained across multiple clusters. Because this strategy can also make cluster management more difficult, it needs to be handled properly.

This article will give you an introduction to Kubernetes multi-cluster deployments.

What Is a Kubernetes Multi-Cluster Setup?

Kubernetes works with clusters to efficiently run and manage workloads.

In Kubernetes multi-cluster orchestration, platforms such as managed services help you to run workloads across multiple clusters and environments. The multiple clusters can be configured within a single physical host, within multiple hosts in the same data center, or even in a single cloud provider across different regions. This allows you to provision your workloads in several clusters, rather than just one.

This type of deployment enables more scalability, availability, and isolation for your workloads and environments. It also enables you to better coordinate the planning, delivery, and management of these environments.

A key feature of multi-cluster Kubernetes architecture is that each cluster is highly independent, managing its internal state for maximum resource provisioning and service configuration.

Why Use a Kubernetes Multi-Cluster Setup?

There are multiple use cases for a multi-cluster deployment. You can use it to deploy…

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