You can configure a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster to use routable pod networking by specifying the
antrea-nsx-routed as the CNI for your cluster.
Introducing Routable Pod Networking
The Kubernetes network model requires that a pod in the node network of a cluster be able to communicate with all pods on all nodes in the same cluster without network address translation (NAT). To satisfy this requirement, each Kubernetes pod is given an IP address that is allocated from a dedicated pods network.
When you provision a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster using the
calico CNI plugins, the system creates the default pods network
192.168.0.0/16. This subnet is a private address space that is only unique within the cluster and not routable on the internet. Although you can customize the
network.pods.cidrBlocks, the pods network cannot be routable using these CNI plugins. For more information, see TKGS v1alpha2 API for Provisioning Tanzu Kubernetes Clusters.
The Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service v1alpha2 API supports routable pod networking using the
antrea-nsx-routed CNI plugin. This network interface is a customized Antrea plugin configured to support routable pod networks for Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. In the cluster specification, the pods CIDR blocks field must be explicitly null so that IP address management (IPAM) is handled by the Supervisor Cluster.
- Traffic is allowed between a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster pod and a vSphere Pod in the same vSphere Namespace.
- Traffic is dropped between a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster pod and a vSphere Pod in different vSphere Namespaces.
- Supervisor Cluster control plane nodes can reach Tanzu Kubernetes cluster pods.
- Tanzu Kubernetes cluster pods can reach the external network.
- External network cannot reach Tanzu Kubernetes cluster pods. Traffic is dropped by distributed firewall (DFW) isolation rules on the Tanzu Kubernetes cluster nodes.
System Requirements for Routable Pods
Routable pods networking requires the Supervisor Cluster to be configured with NSX-T Data Center. You cannot use routable pods with native vSphere vDS networking.
Routable pods requires the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service v1alpha2 API. See Requirements for Using the TKGS v1alpha2 API.
NSX-T Configuration Requirements for Routable Pods
Other than the base requirements, there is no special NSX-T configuration required to use routable pods networks with Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. A vSphere with Tanzu environment running vSphere U3 with NSX-T includes the NCP version to support routable pods networks. There is no extra NSX-T configuration needed.
- If the Workload Network is configured with a Namespace Network, NCP will create one or more IP pools from the IP blocks specified for this Namespace Network.
- If there is no Namespace Network specified for the Workload Network, NCP will create one or more IP pools from the Supervisor Cluster Pod CIDR.
Supervisor Cluster Configuration Requirements for Routable Pods
Other than the base requirements, there is no special Supervisor Cluster configuration required to use routable pods networks with Tanzu Kubernetes clusters.
If routable pods networking is enabled as described below, the Tanzu Kubernetes cluster pods CIDR is allocated from the IP pool created from the Namespace Network or, if none, from the Supervisor Cluster Pod CIDR.
You must make sure that the Supervisor Cluster Services CIDR which allocates the IP addresses for cluster nodes does not overlap with the Namespace Network CIDR or the with Supervisor Cluster Pod CIDR.
Example Cluster Configuration for Routable Pods
The following example YAML shows how to configure a cluster with a routable pods network. is a custom configuration for invoking the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service and provision a Tanzu Kubernetes cluster using the v1alpha2 API.
The cluster spec declares
antrea-nsx-routed as the CNI to enable routable pods networking. When the CNI is
antrea-nsx-routed is specified, the
pods.cidrBlock field must be empty. If
antrea-nsx-routed is specified, cluster provisioning will fail if NSX-T networking is not being used.
apiVersion: run.tanzu.vmware.com/v1alpha2 kind: TanzuKubernetesCluster metadata: name: tkgs-v2-cluster-routable-pods namespace: tkgs-cluster-ns spec: topology: controlPlane: replicas: 3 vmClass: guaranteed-medium storageClass: vwt-storage-policy tkr: reference: name: v1.21.2---vmware.1-tkg.1.ee25d55 nodePools: - name: worker-nodepool-a1 replicas: 3 vmClass: guaranteed-large storageClass: vwt-storage-policy tkr: reference: name: v1.21.2---vmware.1-tkg.1.ee25d55 settings: storage: defaultClass: vwt-storage-policy network: #`antrea-nsx-routed` is the required CNI #for routable pods cni: name: antrea-nsx-routed services: cidrBlocks: ["10.97.0.0/24"] serviceDomain: tanzukubernetescluster.local #`pods.cidrBlocks` value must be empty #when `antrea-nsx-routed` is the CNI pods: cidrBlocks: