Before you deploy a Kubernetes cluster, you must configure a cloud provider. VMware Integrated OpenStack with Kubernetes uses the cloud provider to create the infrastructure required to deploy all your Kubernetes clusters. User management on the provider provides the basis for VMware Integrated OpenStack with Kubernetes user management on the cluster.

When choosing the type of provider to create, consider the following:

  • With an existing VMware Integrated OpenStack deployment, you can create an OpenStack provider.

  • Without an existing VMware Integrated OpenStack deployment, you can create an SDDC provider if you do not want to deploy a standalone VMware Integrated OpenStack instance.