MicroK8s gets powerful add-ons

anaqvi

on 23 August 2019

We are excited to announce new Cilium and Helm add-ons, coming to MicroK8s! These add-ons add even more power to your Kubernetes environment built on MicroK8s. The Cilium CNI plugin brings enhanced networking features, including Kubernetes NetworkPolicy support, to MicroK8s. You’ll also get direct CLI access to Cilium within MicroK8s using the microk8s.cilium wrapper.

If you do not already have a version of cilium installed you can alias microk8s.cilium to cilium using the following command:
snap alias microk8s.cilium cilium

Helm, the package manager for Kubernetes will allow even easier management of your MicroK8s environment.

How hard is it going to be to use these add-ons in MicroK8s? For those of you familiar with MicroK8s, you guessed it, a simple one-liner!

Cilium: microk8s.enable cilium

Helm:  microk8s.enable helm

Kudos to the Cilium team for making it happen – shout out to Joe Stringer for submitting the PR for these add-ons! 


About Cilium

Cilium is open source software that provides and secures the network and API connectivity between application services deployed using Linux container management platforms. Running Cilium in MicroK8s will enable powerful pod-to-pod connectivity management and service load balancing between pods.

You will be able to reach specific pods in your K8s cluster as well as define network security policies for connectivity. Using the Kubernetes Services abstraction you can balance loads of network traffic between pods. For more details, check out the doc on Cilium.

About Helm

Using Helm within Microk8s allows you to manage, update, share and rollback Kubernetes applications. Helm is maintained by the CNCF – in collaboration with Microsoft, Google, Bitnami and the Helm contributor community. For more details, check out Helm.

What’s next?

We are incredibly proud of our community and the contributions you make! Canonical looks forward to keep working together and building the best experiences to empower innovation and the open-source ecosystem.

 
We will continue working on improving the future with exciting additions to MicroK8s. If you’re working on an exciting project and have feature requests or suggestions please contribute or reach out to us on Github, Kubernetes forum, Slack (#microk8s channel) or tag us @canonical, @ubuntu on Twitter (#MicroK8s).

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