Updated: Jul 30, 2020


We all know that Kubernetes is a hot shot technology and most popular container orchestration tool. There are a number of ways to deploy a Kubernetes cluster on AWS such as below.

  • Kubernetes the hard way

  • Kubernetes installation with kubeadm

  • EKS cluster deployment with AWS console or via terraform/aws cli or cloud formation

  • KOPS

In this article we are going to study about KOPS

Before proceeding with creating a kubernetes cluster with KOPS, lets briefly talk about what kubernetes is all about ?


Kubernetes is an open source, container orchestration platform. Applications packaged as Docker images can be easily deployed, scaled, and managed in a Kubernetes cluster. Some of the key features of Kubernetes are:

  • Self-healing

  • Horizontal Scaling

  • Service discovery and load balancing

  • Application upgrades and rollbacks


We like to think of it as kubectl for clusters.

kops helps you create, destroy, upgrade and maintain production-grade, highly available, Kubernetes clusters from the command line. AWS (Amazon Web Services) is currently officially supported, with GCE and OpenStack in beta support, and other platforms planned.


  • Automates the provisioning of Kubernetes clusters in AWS and GCE

  • Deploys Highly Available (HA) Kubernetes Masters

  • Built on a state-sync model for dry-runs and automatic idempotency

  • Ability to generate Terraform

  • Supports custom Kubernetes add-ons

  • Command line autocompletion

  • YAML Manifest Based API Configuration

  • Templating and dry-run modes for creating Manifests

  • Choose from eight different CNI Networking providers out-of-the-box

  • Supports upgrading from kube-up

  • Capability to add containers, as hooks, and files to nodes via a cluster manifest

This is it for this article, here we just discussed about what kubernetes and KOPS are theoretically. In the next article , we will do the hands-on and deploy a 3 node kubernetes cluster on AWS.

Happy Reading :)

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