K8Spin Provides Multitenant Isolation for Kubernetes

K8Spin Provides Multitenant Isolation for Kubernetes

K8Spin, a project offering multi-tenancy on Kubernetes, offers a way for companies to parcel out resources on a cluster to different departments or teams.

Why use a whole Kubernetes cluster if that’s more than you need?

K8Spin, a project offering multitenancy on Kubernetes, offers a way for companies to parcel out resources on a cluster to different departments or teams.

“This whole idea started about creating a service that allows you to share the Kubernetes cluster between many, many people. And each of them have a small piece of this cluster,” said Angel Barrera, Kubernetes engineer at SIGHUP. Barrera created K8Spin with Pau Rosello, solution engineer at managed Kubernetes provider Giant Swarm.

“Basically we wanted to avoid proprietary interfaces, like many of the service providers out there. And we wanted people that already know about Kubernetes to be able to host their small applications without really caring about the whole cluster,” he said.

Going Open Source

The two freelancers based in Spain initially offered K8Spin as software as a service, but more recently closed that service and instead made it an open source project, with an eye toward eventually becoming a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project.

Kubernetes wasn’t designed to be multitenant, they say, though it can be accomplished, though there are many levels where you need to change or modify Kubernetes to allow multiple people to share the same cluster.

“But we didn’t want to modify the code of Kubernetes. What we basically wanted to do some service on top that is automatically going to configure all these objects on top of coordinators, like limit ranges and network policies,” Barrera said.

Using the K8Spin Operator, boundaries for resources such as CPU and Ram can be set on three levels: Organizations, Tenants and Spaces. A cluster administrator manages the cluster for the overall organization, setting resource limits and assigning roles and privileges. The Tenant administrator does likewise for that group, which could be a team or department. The Tenant also hosts Spaces, an abstraction layer on top of a Namespace, which have their own quotas and roles.

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