Links to resources for setting up a Kubernetes environment

Administrators are typically responsible for installing and managing Kubernetes-based clusters in a production environment. It is also a good idea to have a staging environment that mirrors the production environment as closely as possible.

Akka Cloud Platform simplifies configuration and management of Kubernetes for applications built with the Akka Platform. Akka Cloud Platform is available on Amazon Web Services Marketplace new tab and Google Cloud Platform Marketplace new tab. Akka Serverless is a fully hosted environment for stateless Microservices that eliminates the need to configure and manage Kubernetes.

If you decide to manage your own production system, this page provides links to installation information for Kubernetes platforms. For Lightbend technologies, You will also need a command line interface (CLI), such as kubectl or oc on workstations that will have access to manipulate cluster objects.

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service

The Amazon EKS Workshop explains different configurations for EKS. The EKS documentation describes how to get started using the AWS management console or the command line.

Google Kubernetes Engine

The Kubernetes Engine page allows you to create a project. The Quickstart describes how to deploy an application into your project.

IBM Cloud Paks

The IBM Cloud Pak System includes IBM Cloud Paks, Vmware and Red Hat Openshift. It provides a virtualized cloud operating environment optimized for building, integrating, automating, running and managing containerized applications and Kubernetes-based workloads. Several Paks are available for different use cases. Each Pak installs a container platform, containerized IBM middleware and open source components, and common software services for development and management—​on top of a common integration layer.

Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure Kubernetes Service documentation includes quickstart guides and tutorials for installing AKS using the portal or the command line.


A good place to start for instructions to install OpenShift is Install OpenShift Container Platform. The GitHub OpenShift-Ansible repo contains Ansible roles and playbooks to install, upgrade, and manage OpenShift clusters. The installation and management of a capable, multi-node cluster requires the execution of Ansible from the bootstrap node. The installation of production-like cluster is thus specific to the target environment.

OpenShift reference architectures provides excellent guidelines. On Amazon Web Services, the OpenShift Quick Start provides a nice reference build with minimal effort.