This is the first episode of our Cloud Native DevOps on GCP series. Here we’ll be building an Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) cluster using Terraform. From my personal experience, GKE has been one of the most scalable and reliable managed Kubernetes solution, and it’s also 100% upstream compliant and certified by CNCF.
For this demo I have provided a sample Terraform script at here. The target state will look like this:
In specific, we’ll be launching the following GCP/GKE resources:
- 1x new VPC for hosting the demo GKE cluster
- 1x /17 CIDR block as the primary address space for the VPC
- 2x /18 CIDR blocks for the GKE Pod and Service address spaces
- 1x GKE high availability cluster across 2x Availability Zone (AZ)
- 2x GKE worker instance groups (2x nodes each)
- Access to a GCP testing environment
- Install Git, Kubectl and Terrafrom on your client
- Install GCloud SDK
- Check the NTP clock & sync status on your client —> important!
- Clone the Terraform Repo at here
Step-1: Setup the GCloud Environment and Run the Terrafrom Script
To begin, run below interactive GCloud commands to prepare for the GCP environment
gcloud init gcloud config set accessibility/screen_reader true gcloud auth application-default login
Remember to update the terraform.tfvars with your own GCP project_id
project_id = "xxxxxxxx"
Make sure to enable the GKE API if not already
gcloud services enable container.googleapis.com
Now run the Terraform script:
terraform init terraform apply
The whole process should be taking about 7~10 mins, and you should get an output like this:
Now register the cluster and update kubeconfig file
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# gcloud container clusters get-credentials node-pool-cluster-demo --region australia-southeast1 Fetching cluster endpoint and auth data. kubeconfig entry generated for node-pool-cluster-demo.
Step-2: Verify the GKE Cluster Status
Check that we can access the GKE cluster and there should be 4x worker nodes provisioned.
[root@cloud-ops01 ~]# kubectl get nodes NAME STATUS ROLES AGE VERSION gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-03a2c598-34lh Ready <none> 8m59s v1.16.9-gke.2 gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-03a2c598-tpwq Ready <none> 9m v1.16.9-gke.2 gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-e903c7a8-04cf Ready <none> 9m5s v1.16.9-gke.2 gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-e903c7a8-0lt8 Ready <none> 9m5s v1.16.9-gke.2
This can also been verified on GKE console
The 4x worker nodes are provisioned over 2x managed instance groups across two different AZs
Run kubectl describe nodes and we can see each node has been tagged with a few customised labels based on its unique properties. These are important metadata which can be used for selective Pod/Node deployment and other use cases like affinity or anti-affinity rules.
Step-3: Deploy GKE Add-on Services
- Install Metrics-Server to provide cluster-wide resource metrics collection and to support use cases such as Horizontal Pod Autoscaling (HPA)
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl apply -f https://github.com/kubernetes-sigs/metrics-server/releases/download/v0.3.6/components.yaml
Wait for a few seconds and we should have resource stats
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl top nodes NAME CPU(cores) CPU% MEMORY(bytes) MEMORY% gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-03a2c598-34lh 85m 4% 798Mi 14% gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-03a2c598-tpwq 300m 15% 816Mi 14% gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-e903c7a8-04cf 191m 9% 958Mi 16% gke-node-pool-cluster-demo-pool-01-e903c7a8-0lt8 102m 5% 795Mi 14%
- Next, deploy a NGINX Ingress Controller so we can use L7 URL load balancing and to save cost by reducing the required numbers of external load balances
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kubernetes/ingress-nginx/controller-0.32.0/deploy/static/provider/cloud/deploy.yaml
On GCP console we can see that an external Load Balancer has been provisioned in front of the Ingress Controller. Take a note of the LB address at below — this is the public IP that will be consumed by our ingress services.
In addition, we’ll deploy 2x storage classes to provide dynamic persistent storage support for stateful pods and services. Note the different persistent disk (PD) specs (standard & SSD) for different I/O requirements.
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl create -f ./storage/storageclass/
Step-4: Deploy Sample Apps onto the GKE Cluster for Testing
- We’ll first deploy the famous Hipster Shop app, which is a cloud-native microservice application developed by Google.
kubectl apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/microservices-demo/master/release/kubernetes-manifests.yaml
wait for all the Pods up and running
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl get pods NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE adservice-687b58699c-fq9x4 1/1 Running 0 2m16s cartservice-778cffc8f6-dnxmr 1/1 Running 0 2m20s checkoutservice-98cf4f4c-69fqg 1/1 Running 0 2m26s currencyservice-c69c86b7c-mz5zv 1/1 Running 0 2m19s emailservice-5db6c8b59f-jftv7 1/1 Running 0 2m27s frontend-8d8958c77-s9665 1/1 Running 0 2m24s loadgenerator-6bf9fd5bc9-5lsrn 1/1 Running 3 2m19s paymentservice-698f684cf9-7xbjc 1/1 Running 0 2m22s productcatalogservice-789c77b8dc-4tk4w 1/1 Running 0 2m21s recommendationservice-75d7cd8d5c-4x9kl 1/1 Running 0 2m25s redis-cart-5f59546cdd-8tj8f 1/1 Running 0 2m17s shippingservice-7d87945947-nhb5x 1/1 Running 0 2m18s
[root@cloud-ops01 ~]# kubectl get svc frontend-external NAME TYPE CLUSTER-IP EXTERNAL-IP PORT(S) AGE frontend-external LoadBalancer 192.168.74.68 22.214.171.124 80:32408/TCP 5m32s
You should be able to access the app via the LB public IP.
- Next, we’ll deploy the sample Guestbook app to verify the persistent storage setup.
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl create ns guestbook-app [root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl apply -f ./demo-apps/guestbook/
The application requests 2x persistent volumes (PV) for the redis-master and redis-slave pods. Both PVs should be automatically provisioned by the persistent volume claims (PVC) with the 2x different storage classes as we deployed earlier. You should see the STATUS reported as “Bound” between each PV and PVC mapping.
Retrieve the external IP/DNS for the frontend service of the Guestbook app.
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl get svc frontend -n guestbook-app NAME TYPE CLUSTER-IP EXTERNAL-IP PORT(S) AGE frontend LoadBalancer 192.168.127.128 126.96.36.199 80:31006/TCP 23m
You should be able to access the Guesbook app now. Enter and submit some messages, and try to destroy and redeploy the app, your data will be kept by the redis PVs.
- Lastly, we’ll deploy a modified version of the yelb app to test the NGINX ingress controller
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl create ns yelb [root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl apply -f ./demo-apps/yelb/
You should see an ingress service deployed as per below.
Retrieve the external IP for the ingress service within the yelb namespace. As mentioned before, this should be the same address of the external LB deployed for the ingress controller.
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-gcp-gke]# kubectl get ingresses -n yelb NAME HOSTS ADDRESS PORTS AGE yelb-ingress yelb.local 188.8.131.52 80 6m47s
Also, notice the ingress URL path is defined as “yelb.local”. This is the DNS entry that will be redirected by the http ingress service. So we’ll update the local host file (with the ingress public IP) for a quick testing.
[root@cloud-ops01 tf-aws-eks]# echo "184.108.40.206 yelb.local" >> /etc/hosts
and that’s it, the incoming requests to “yelb.local” are now routed via the ingress service to the yelb frontend pod running on our GKE cluster.