Deckhouse makes it possible to run the Kubernetes cluster on any supported infrastructure and in the same manner:

  • on clouds (for more info, see the section for the specific cloud provider);
  • on virtual or bare metal machines (including on-premises);
  • on a hybrid infrastructure.

Deckhouse automatically configures and manages both the cluster nodes and the control plane components, keeping their configuration up-to-date (using Terraform tools).

Deckhouse facilitates non-trivial operations with control-plane and cluster nodes, such as:

  • migrating between single-master and multi-master schemes;
  • scaling master nodes;
  • updating versions of the components.

All these tasks are based on smart and safe algorithms (the user can monitor/manage the ongoing processes).

Also, Deckhouse configures kubelet and takes care of the certificates used when working with the control plane. It automatically issues certificates and renews them.

Deckhouse replaces kubeadm’s kube-proxy resources (DaemonSets, ConfigMaps, RBAC) by their tailor-made analogs.

A high level of integration between Deckhouse modules ensures effective monitoring and provides an acceptable level of security. For example, you can safely access the cluster’s API server from a public IP address and use an external authentication provider.

Images of all Deckhouse components (including control plane) are stored in a highly available and geo-distributed container registry. The latter is accessible from a limited set of IP addresses (to ease access from isolated environments).