Deploying and Registering Workload Clusters with Gloo Platform

Tom Liszka | September 15, 2023

Gloo Platform is a powerful tool that facilitates efficient management and communication between clusters in a Kubernetes environment. Learn how to easily set up your own workload clusters and ensure seamless connectivity between them.

The deployment process involves three clusters: a management cluster and two workload clusters. MetalLB is used initially to expose services externally. The meshctl CLI and Helm are utilized for deploying various components of the management plane.

During the registration process, agents are deployed in each cluster to establish one-way communication with the management server, eliminating the need for the server to know how to reach the clusters. Security measures prevent unauthorized cluster registration.

After registration, you can verify the deployed components and confirm the connectivity of the clusters using meshctl. The UI provides a view of the registered clusters and their Kubernetes versions. Prometheus enables the monitoring of agent connectivity metrics, facilitating prompt alerts when an agent becomes disconnected.

Additionally, you can create a “global” workspace setting to enforce specific options across all workspaces. This setting determines which Istio gateways will be utilized for cross-cluster communication.

Gloo Platform simplifies the process of deploying and registering workload clusters, enabling efficient management and monitoring of your Kubernetes environment.