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Announcing Kubernetes as a Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.4.3 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Release 4

Simon Hayler
Senior Technical Product Manager

Oracle is pleased to announce the availability of Kubernetes as a service for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This feature is included with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.4.3 and requires Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c Release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6).

The Kubernetes Engine included within Oracle Private Cloud Appliance automates the provisioning of Oracle VM infrastructure and Kubernetes components to provide an integrated solution for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.  

With Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c release 4 Update 6 (13.4.0.6), customers can use private cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to create, start, stop, and delete Kubernetes clusters. Once the private cloud administrator has enabled the Kubernetes Engine following this documentation, the private cloud user can consume quota-based Kubernetes resources in parallel to their existing private cloud self-service framework.  

Kubernetes as a service included within Oracle Enterprise Manager provides role-based access control, quota-based private cloud resources, self-service, automation, and simplified provisioning.

The screenshot above shows an additional icon for the IaaS Self-Service Portal, any new Kubernetes cluster would be part of the private cloud self-service quota set by the cloud or customer administrator.

A single button enables simple wizard-driven provisioning of either a DHCP or Static Kubernetes cluster:

Oracle Enterprise Manager uses the concept of Network Profiles to store Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) hostnames and IP addresses which are used for provisioning both DHCP and Static Kubernetes clusters. If a DHCP cluster is selected, the Network Profile is used to provide a single static hostname and IP address for the Kubernetes cluster load balancer. The DHCP configuration is set by default for three masters and three worker nodes, further information is in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance documentation.  For a Static cluster, the Network Profile is used to supply hostnames and IP addresses for all nodes (master and worker) and the load balancer. For a Static cluster, you also have a choice of the configuration of each node (masters and workers) within a set boundary, further details are in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance documentation

The portal provides a dynamic view of the state of any cluster including current state, the screenshot below depicts two clusters in a state of building:

Once a cluster or clusters are provisioned (shows as AVAILABLE) the Actions menu allows further creation, start, stop and delete functions:

You can click on a cluster which when displays the cluster details:

Here we can see the master and worker nodes, also the master and worker node pools. Each node or node pool has its own information page which is accessed by clicking on the node or node pool link:

From the node view and using the server menu, lifecycle management of the server is possible including accessing the console:

Please read the documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13.4 administration guide to learn how to discover, monitor, and manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager. For more information, visit:

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