Azure Container Service
Please refer to our dedicated Azure Kubernetes installation guide for deploying Vamp and Kubernetes on Azure Container Service
Google Container Engine
The installation will run Vamp together with etcd and Elasticsearch on Google container engine and kubernetes. Before you begin, it is advisable to try out the official Quickstart for Google Container Engine tutorial first (google.com - container engine quickstart).
Kubernetes support is still in Alpha.
Tested against This guide has been tested on Kubernetes and kubectl 1.4.x, 1.5.x and 1.6.0. Minikube 0.13.x or higher can also be used. (github.com - minikube)
- Google Container Engine cluster or Minikube (0.13.1 or later)
- Key-value store (like ZooKeeper, Consul or etcd)
- Enough (CPU and memory) resources on your K8s cluster to deploy the Vamp dependencies AND the containers at the scale you define. NB take a look into the available resources when a deployment keeps “hanging” to see if you actually have enough resources available.
- Vamp currently only supports the ‘default’ namespace, so this should be available.
Create a new GKE cluster
The simple way to create a new GKE cluster:
- open Google Cloud Shell
- set a zone, e.g.
gcloud config set compute/zone europe-west1-b
- create a cluster
vampusing default parameters:
gcloud container clusters create vamp
After the (new) Kubernetes cluster is setup, we are going to continue with the installation using the Kubernetes CLI
You can use
kubectl directly from the Google Cloud Shell, e.g. to check the Kubernetes client and server version:
To quickly get started with Vamp on Kubernetes use the following command to automate the quick start described below (requires curl):
curl -s \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/magneticio/vamp.io/master/static/res/v0.9.5/vamp_kube_quickstart.sh \ | bash
The script will poll for the external ip of Vamp, note that this process will take a while. if the installation was successful the ip will be displayed:
$ [OK] Quickstart finished, Vamp is running on http://104.xxx.xxx.xxx:8080
We don’t recommend running this setup in production. You might want to add a HTTPS proxy in front of Vamp with at least basic authentication.
To remove the quickstart deployment, use the following command:
curl -s \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/magneticio/vamp.io/master/static/res/v0.9.5/vamp_kube_uninstall.sh \ | bash
Deploy etcd, Elasticsearch
Now let’s deploy
etcd - this installation is based on the tutorial (github.com/coreos - etcd on Kubernetes). Note that this is not a production grade setup - you would also need to take care of persistence and running multiple replicas of each pod.
kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/magneticio/vamp.io/master/static/res/v0.9.5/etcd.yml
Then deploy Elasticsearch with a proper Vamp configuration (github.com/magneticio - elastic) using:
kubectl run elasticsearch --image=elasticsearch:2.4.4 kubectl run kibana --image=kibana:4.6.4 --env="ELASTICSEARCH_URL=http://elasticsearch:9200" kubectl expose deployment elasticsearch --protocol=TCP --port=9200 --name=elasticsearch kubectl expose deployment kibana --protocol=TCP --port=5601 --name=kibana
Now we can run Vamp gateway agent as a
kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/magneticio/vamp.io/master/static/res/v0.9.5/vga.yml
To deploy Vamp, execute:
kubectl run vamp --image=magneticio/vamp:0.9.4-kubernetes kubectl expose deployment vamp --protocol=TCP --port=8080 --name=vamp --type="LoadBalancer"
As a reference, you can find the latest Vamp katana Kubernetes configuration here: github.com/magneticio - Vamp Kubernetes configuration. Vamp katana includes all changes since the last official release, check the katana documentation for details.
The Vamp UI includes mixpanel integration. We monitor data on Vamp usage solely to inform our ongoing product development. Feel free to block this at your firewall, or contact us if you’d like further details.
Wait a bit until Vamp is running and check out the Kubernetes services:
kubectl get services
The output should be similar to this:
NAME CLUSTER-IP EXTERNAL-IP PORT(S) AGE elasticsearch 10.3.242.188 <none> 9200/TCP 4m etcd-client 10.3.247.112 <none> 2379/TCP 4m etcd0 10.3.251.13 <none> 2379/TCP,2380/TCP 4m etcd1 10.3.251.103 <none> 2379/TCP,2380/TCP 4m etcd2 10.3.250.20 <none> 2379/TCP,2380/TCP 4m kubernetes 10.3.240.1 <none> 443/TCP 5m vamp 10.3.242.93 220.127.116.11 8080/TCP 2m vamp-gateway-agent 10.3.254.234 18.104.22.168 80/TCP 2m
Notice that the Vamp UI is exposed (in this example) on
On Minikube you can use the handy
minikube service vamp command to open the Vamp UI in your browser.
In the Kubernetes dashboard under ‘Services’ you will see the external endpoint appear with a hyperlink icon behind it when the Vamp UI service is available.
Deploy the Sava demo application
--- name: sava:1.0 gateways: 9050: sava/port clusters: sava: services: breed: name: sava:1.0.0 deployable: magneticio/sava:1.0.0 ports: port: 8080/http scale: cpu: 0.2 memory: 64MB instances: 1
Be sure that the cluster has enough resources (CPU, memory), otherwise deployments will be in pending state. Once it’s running we can check if all Vamp Gateway Agent services are up:
kubectl get services --show-labels -l vamp=daemon
We can see that for each gateway a new service is created:
NAME CLUSTER-IP EXTERNAL-IP PORT(S) AGE LABELS hex1f8c9a0157c9fe3335e9 10.3.243.199 22.214.171.124 9050/TCP 2m lookup_name=a7ad6869e65e9c047f956cf7d1b4d01a89e ef486,vamp=gateway hex26bb0695e9a85ec34b03 10.3.245.85 126.96.36.199 40000/TCP 2m lookup_name=6ace45cb2c155e85bd0c84123d1dab5a6cb 12c97,vamp=gateway
In this setup Vamp is deliberately configured to initiate exposure of all gateway and VGA ports. This would not be the case if the default and recommended setting are used.
Now we can access our
sava service on
In the Kubernetes dashboard you will see the external endpoint appear with a hyperlink icon behind it in the “Services” overview when the external gateway of your deployment is available. You can recognise it by the port that’s included in the endpoint that you have defined in your blueprint gateway definition.
The default Kubernetes service type can be set in configuration:
vamp.container-driver.kubernetes.service-type, possible values are
NodePort. We can also access gateways using virtual hosts. Vamp Gateway Agent service is on IP
188.8.131.52 in this example, so:
curl --resolve 9050.sava-1-0.vamp:80:184.108.40.206 -v http://9050.sava-1-0.vamp
Don’t forget to clean up your Kubernetes cluster and firewall rules if you don’t want to use them anymore (google.com - container engine quickstart: clean up).