Integration with Kubernetes

Kubernetes, also known as K8s, is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.

About Kubernetes

Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform that automates the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Developed by Google and now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Kubernetes has become the industry standard for container orchestration, providing a powerful and flexible solution for managing complex, distributed applications. Companies seeking a robust and scalable container management platform for their modern, cloud-native applications rely on Kubernetes for its advanced features, strong community support, and extensive ecosystem.

Kubernetes’s Integration with Apache CloudStack

Apache CloudStack provides integration with Kubernetes through the Kubernetes Cluster API and CloudStack Container Service (CKS). The Kubernetes Cluster API enables seamless integration of Kubernetes clusters with CloudStack deployments, allowing administrators to manage and automate the provisioning and scaling of Kubernetes clusters alongside other CloudStack resources. The CloudStack Container Service (CKS) is a fully managed container service that simplifies the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters on CloudStack infrastructure. With CKS, organizations can easily deploy, scale, and manage Kubernetes clusters within their CloudStack environments, providing a unified and simplified approach to managing both virtualized and containerized workloads. This integration empowers organizations to optimize their cloud infrastructure management, enhance operational efficiency, and embrace modern, cloud-native application architectures.


Widely adopted container orchestration platform known for its scalability.


Has a steep learning curve and can be complex to deploy, especially in diverse IT environments.

Ease of Implementation


Ease of Use


Total Cost of Ownership

Moderate upfront investment, long-term cost savings due to increased efficiency.


Commercial support for Kubernetes is available through various Kubernetes distributions, offering 24/7 assistance, updates, and professional services. Community support is also available through forums and online resources.

Supported Integrations

Kubernetes, the leading container orchestration platform, can be integrated with Apache CloudStack using CloudStack Kubernetes Service (CKS) and Kubernetes ClusterAPI. This integration enables administrators to manage containerized applications within CloudStack deployments more effectively. CKS simplifies container management by providing a native CloudStack service to deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters, while Kubernetes ClusterAPI allows for a declarative approach to create, configure, and manage Kubernetes clusters. By utilizing Kubernetes, CKS, and ClusterAPI with Apache CloudStack, organizations can optimize their IT infrastructure to meet their specific business requirements, drive innovation, and accelerate the adoption of containerized applications.


Expert Analysis

Kubernetes on CloudStack in Production

Technical Documentation

CloudStack Kubernetes Service Documentation


Kubernetes CAPI Provider for Apache CloudStack by AWS and ShapeBlue


Bootstrapping K8S Cluster using CAPC

Download a step-by-step guide to migrate your existing vSphere environment to a robust IaaS cloud environment based on Apache CloudStack and the KVM Hypervisor, ensuring a smooth, low-friction migration journey.