Kubernetes as a Service (KUB)

Kubernetes is an open-source container management platform delivered by Google. In a containerized infrastructure, applications are deployed as isolated, independent entities, the so-called containers. Containerization has multiple benefits over the traditional deployment - faster and more efficient installation, environment consistency, portability, security.

EPAM Cloud provides installation of the latest Kubernetes version supported by the community.

In EPAM Cloud, by default, Kubernetes cluster includes two virtual machines function as master nodes, and one worker node.

Master node manages the workload and provides communication within the cluster as well as contains information about state of the cluster. Availability of two master nodes and more enables high service performance and ensures faultless operation. Worker node subordinates to the master node and serves as runner.

Application containers can be run on both master and worker nodes. You can make any changes in the predefined cluster configuration by changing Ansible inventory file generated by or2kc Maestro CLI command.

We strongly recommend using Ubuntu 18 based instance as a workstation. You can use EPAM Cloud Ubuntu18.04_64-bit image or "Ubuntu 18.04 LTS" in WSL mode for your Windows workstation.

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Related CLI Commands

The table below provides the list of service-related commands and their descriptions:

Command Description
or2-manage-service -a -s k8s -k key Activates Kubernetes services
or2-kubernetes-client (or2kc) Generates Ansible inventory. Location of the inventory file $MAESTRO_CLI_HOME/out/$PROJECT/$REGION/k8s/inventory

Service Activation

Master nodes and Worker node have the same parameters:

  • - Shape: LARGE (2 CPU, 7.5 RAM)
  • - Image: FedoraCoreOS_64-bit

To activate Kubernetes cluster, make sure you have installed Maestro CLI.

The following instruction is relevant to the POSIX compatible workstations. If you use Windows OS on your workstation, please run any Linux based instance.


1. Declare the variables.

To make service set up and further usability easier and more user-friendly declare variables relevant for your project.

export PROJECT="Your project name"
export REGION="Your region"
export KEY_NAME="Name for ssh key pair"
export MAESTRO_CLI_HOME="Path to maestro-cli folder"

2. Create or add keys.

To create SSH keys, use or2addkey Maestro CLI command and specify your project, region and key name.

or2addkey -p $PROJECT -r $REGION -k $KEY_NAME

To add your own keys that already exist use or2ikey Maestro CLI command and specify path to your key, project, region and key name.

or2ikey -f /path/to/your/key -p $PROJECT -d $REGION -k $KEY_NAME

Move private key to the default folder with the command given below:

chmod 400 ~/.ssh/$KEY_NAME.pem

3. Install packages.

The following example is relevant to Ubuntu based distributives. If you use MacOS or other Linux distributives, please execute similar distributive specific package management command to install Ansible and kubectl. Ansible version should be higher than 2.9 x.

Use the following commands to install tools on your Ubuntu workstation to configure, manage and get info about your cluster. You can find more details on how to install kubeadm in the official documentation.

curl -s https://packages.cloud.google.com/apt/doc/apt-key.gpg | sudo apt-key add
sudo apt-add-repository "deb http://apt.kubernetes.io/ kubernetes-xenial main"
sudo apt install kubelet kubeadm kubectl git python3-pip -y

4. Add auto completion.

Add auto completion with the commands given below.

echo "source <(kubectl completion bash)" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

5. Get kuberspray repo.

To get the kuberspray repo, use the link given below.

git clone https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/kubespray.git --depth 1

6. Install requirements.

To install requirements, use the command given below:

cd kubespray
mkdir inventory/mycluster
sudo pip3 install -r requirements.txt
cp -rfp inventory/sample inventory/mycluster

7. Run service for Kubernetes cluster.

To run service for the cluster, use or2ms Maestro CLI command and specify project, region, service name, -a flag and SSH key name. This command will run three Fedora CoreOS based instances of large shape (VM CPU 2; VM memory_MB 7680; SSD storage size_GB: 4)

or2ms -p $PROJECT -r $REGION -a -s k8s -k $KEY_NAME

8. Get stack status.

To get stack status, use or2dmstack Maestro CLI command and specify project, region, and service name.

or2dmstack -p $PROJECT -r $REGION -s $(or2dser -p $PROJECT -r $REGION -s k8s -P | awk '/stackId/ {print $3}')

9. Generate inventory file for Ansible.

To generate Ansible inventory, use or2kc Maestro CLI command and specify project and region.

or2kc -p $PROJECT -r $REGION

Please note that before the state of the stack goes to CREATE_COMPLETE, you will get error 32007 once you try to generate inventory. You just need to wait.

Here is an example of Ansible inventory file.

      hosts: {}
    kubectl_localhost: true
    kubeconfig_localhost: true

10. Copy Ansible inventory file to the folder.

To copy inventory file to the folder, use the following command:

cp $MAESTRO_CLI_HOME/out/$PROJECT/$REGION/k8s/inventory inventory/mycluster/
cat << EOF >> inventory/mycluster/inventory
    kubectl_localhost: true
    kubeconfig_localhost: true

11. Run Ansible playbook.

To run Ansible playbook, invoke playbook cluster.yml

ansible-playbook -i inventory/mycluster/inventory --become --become-user=root --user=core cluster.yml --key-file "~/.ssh/$KEY_NAME.pem" | tee cluster_deploy_$(date +%Y_%m_%d_%I_%M_%p).log

12. Create a symbolic link to default kubectl folder.

To create a symbolic link to default kubectl folder, use the command below:

mkdir -p ~/.kube
ln -s $(pwd)/inventory/mycluster/artifacts/admin.conf $HOME/.kube/config

13. Create ServiceAccount (SA) for admin-user.

To create SA for admin-user, run the command given below:

kubectl create -n kube-system serviceaccount admin

14. Bind the role to admin ServiceAccount.

cat > admin-role-binding.yml << EOF
apiVersion: rbac.authorization.k8s.io/v1
kind: ClusterRoleBinding
  name: admin
  apiGroup: rbac.authorization.k8s.io
  kind: ClusterRole
  name: cluster-admin
- kind: ServiceAccount
  name: admin
  namespace: kube-system
kubectl apply -f admin-role-binding.yml

15. Access to dashboard (optional)

To get access to the dashboard, on the first step check availability with the command given below:

kubectl cluster-info

To see the information about nodes, workloads, etc. log in as admin. To get the token to log in as an admin, run the command given below:

kubectl -n kube-system describe secret $(kubectl -n kube-system get secret | grep admin | awk '{print $1}')

To run a proxy to see the dashboard on the local host, use this command:

kubectl proxy &

Web UI

The Kubernetes service has a web UI which is automatically available as soon as the service is activated in the cluster. It is accessible using kubectl proxy via a URL over the https connection.

The web UI has most of the functionality supported by the CLI in an intuitive format.

When the application is running, you can use the Kubernetes Dashboard to monitor its performance, debug errors and manage applications.


The service usage price is defined by the price of the Kubernetes cluster. Kubernetes cluster contains 3 VMs of the following parameters:

  • - Shape: LARGE (2 CPU, 7.5 RAM)
  • - Image: FedoraCoreOS_64-bit

Therefore, the approximate monthly cost of a Kubernetes Server usage in case of 100% and 24/7 load is about $184 in EPAM-BY2 region (as to July 2020). Please pay attention, that if you run your Ubuntu workstation in EPAM Cloud, its cost will influence the total cost of the project based on the workstation capacity.


More information on the Kubernetes Service can be found in the EPAM Cloud Services Guide. For detailed description of the Maestro CLI commands used to manage the Kubernetes Service, refer to the Maestro CLI User Guide.