How to Deploy and Monitor a Kubernetes Cluster Using Mirantis Container Cloud on Equinix Metal

Michelle Yakura - August 23, 2021 - , , , , , ,

One of the beautiful advantages of multi-cloud is the flexibility to choose the best cloud infrastructure for each of your workloads. For latency-sensitive applications like trading, telecommunications, MMORPGs, and telemedicine, this means having infrastructure close to customers and internet exchanges so you can shave off precious milliseconds from packet round-trip time. Here at Mirantis, we are super excited to partner with Equinix Metal to offer their global, interconnected bare metal as an infrastructure option for Mirantis Container Cloud. Equinix Metal has unmatched global reach, with 220+ data centers in 63 major metros adjacent internet interexchange points around the world. 

And now you can experience it yourself with our free trial of Mirantis Container Cloud on Equinix Metal. In this blog, we’ll provide a step-by-step tutorial of how to use Mirantis Container Cloud to deploy a Kubernetes cluster to Equinix Metal in minutes. So let’s get cracking!

Start with a Friendly Tour of the UI

After you sign up for the free hosted trial and verify your email address, log in, and follow this Get Started tutorial.

You’ll immediately be directed to the web UI of Mirantis Container Cloud. A welcome screen will invite you to a guided tour (highly recommended, and it only takes a minute). Click Start tour to continue or X to cancel.

mirantis container cloud welcome

Deploy Your First Kubernetes Cluster

After you complete the guided tour, the web UI will display the Clusters screen. Click Create Cluster in the top right corner.

mirantis-container-cloud-clusters

Enter a name for your cluster and any other settings. Click Provider on the left side to choose a specific Equinix Metal facility. After entering your settings, click Create.

create cluster

Your cluster will be listed with status Not Ready. Click on your cluster.

cluster not ready

Now it’s time to add machines to your cluster. Click Create Machine.

create machine

Mirantis Container Cloud requires at least 3 manager nodes and 2 worker nodes per cluster. This free trial is limited to 5 nodes. Let’s start by creating 3 manager nodes. Enter the appropriate settings and click Create.

create new machine

You’ll see the 3 manager nodes listed as Pending. Repeat the process to create 2 worker nodes.

manager nodes

After you create all 5 nodes, they will be listed in your cluster screen, with continual status updates as the nodes begin to provision and deploy. It may take anywhere from 25 minutes to over an hour for all your nodes to deploy, depending on the settings you chose. 

five mirantis container cloud on equinix metal nodes

After deployment is complete, the nodes will be listed as Ready.

five nodes ready

Monitor your Kubernetes cluster

After all the machines are ready, the Grafana UI link in the top right corner will be enabled. Click on the link to access the Grafana dashboard.

grafana analytics

For more information about the Grafana dashboard and other components of the included StackLight LMA toolchain, please view the docs.

Access the Mirantis Kubernetes Engine web UI

In the screen for your cluster, click on the MKE UI link in the top right corner. In the login screen, click Sign In with Keycloak.

Note: After you click the MKE UI link, you may get a warning that your connection is not private. Click Advanced to proceed anyway. 

mirantis kubernetes engine sign in

This will take you to the Mirantis Kubernetes Engine web UI. For more information about the web UI, please view the docs.

mirantis kubernetes engine web ui

So that’s it. Easy peasy. And outside of this free hosted trial on Equinix Metal, Mirantis Container Cloud makes it just as simple, using the exact same web UI, to deploy Kubernetes and Swarm clusters to AWS, VMware vSphere, OpenStack and bare metal servers as well.

If you’re interested in trying Container Cloud on AWS, VMware or OpenStack, we also offer a free trial where you bootstrap the platform onto those providers. Follow this Get Started guide to experience Container Cloud for yourself.

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