Enabling cloud services with NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control

Enabling NetApp cloud services provides access to Kubernetes clusters and cloud volumes on NetApp HCI. You also gain the ability to use the NetApp Kubernetes Service to deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters. Enabling cloud services is performed using NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control.

About this task

This process enables cloud volumes with a 90-day trial license. You can later upload the NetApp license file (.nlf file) to convert the trial license to a production license.

A wizard takes you through the following tasks:


  1. Access NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control by opening a web browser and browsing to the IP address of the management node.

    For details, see accessing NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control information.

    Accessing NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control

    Hybrid Cloud Control showing 0 of 1 available services enabled
  2. Click Enable.
  3. If you do not have a Cloud Central account, on the Cloud Central Login page, click Sign Up.

    Using Cloud Central, you can set up accounts either as individual accounts or as Federated accounts:

    • You can make a new account with name, email, and password and then you will be logged in. This is the simplest type of account.
    • If you are part of a Cloud Central Federated organization, you enter your email and are then routed to the organization login.
  4. On the Cloud Central Login page, enter your Cloud Central login credentials and click Login.
    The Enable Cloud Services page appears.
    Select Cloud Services image
  5. On the Enable Cloud Services > Services page, select the services you want to enable.
    • NetApp Kubernetes Service: You must use NetApp Kubernetes Service, a SaaS platform that enables you to deploy a Kubernetes cluster in the cloud with the major cloud providers and also with NetApp private cloud. This is required to enable cloud services on NetApp HCI. This service is installed as a VM on a NetApp HCI compute node.

    • Cloud Volumes: To manage cloud volumes on NetApp HCI, select this service. This service offers an on-demand shared file systems feature on your premises. The Cloud Volumes option enables Data Fabric replication to and from public clouds. Coming soon.

    • Cloud Insights: Coming soon.

    SERVICES and INFORMATION ARE PROVIDED in a TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW mode. You might see a different set of services than those listed above.

  6. Click Continue.
  7. If you do not already have a NetApp Kubernetes Service API token, on the Enable Cloud Services > NetApp Cloud Central page, click the API token link.

    Enabling cloud services for NetApp HCI requires a NetApp Kubernetes Service API token that is associated with your Cloud Central account. You can complete these steps prior to enabling cloud services or during the process.

    1. Enter a token name and click Create.

      Copying the Kubernetes API token
    2. Copy the token.
    3. Return to NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control and paste it into the NetApp Kubernetes Service API Token field.
    4. Click Connect.
    Now, the registration is established and you are connected to Cloud Central. The Organization and Region Name fields appear listing the datacenters and regions available for this Cloud Central connection.
    Register installation with Cloud Central image
  8. Select your Cloud Central organization and region.
    Note: The region name is used to identify this NetApp HCI installation and is used as the site name for any NetApp Kubernetes Service clusters created on this installation.
  9. Click Continue to go to the vCenter Resources page.

    Selecting vCenter resources image
  10. On the vCenter Resources page, enter or select the following:
    • Datacenter: Select a datacenter from those configured on the NetApp HCI system.
    • Cluster: Select a cluster from those configured on the NetApp HCI system.

    The vCenter instance and the admin user connected to it are displayed.

  11. Click Continue to go to the Networking page.

    Define network settings image
  12. On the Networking page, review the hover text for each field and configure networking information:
    • NetApp Kubernetes Service Management Network: Select the vSphere distributed port group to use for management traffic for the NetApp Kubernetes Service service cluster. This network requires outbound Internet access.
    • NetApp Kubernetes Service Workload Network: Select the vSphere distributed port group to use for management traffic for the NetApp Kubernetes Service workload clusters, on which you place your applications. This network requires outbound Internet access.
    • NetApp Kubernetes Service Data Network: Select the vSphere distributed port group to use for persistent volume data traffic for the NKS workload clusters.
  13. Click Continue.
  14. On the Review page, review your choices by expanding each option and then click Continue.


NetApp HCI cloud services are enabled and the NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control opening page reappears. The Enable NetApp Cloud Services tile on this page shows the number of services enabled. During the process, you can close the window at any time.

NetApp HCI uses the NetApp Kubernetes Service to create a service cluster, which is a Kubernetes cluster that consists of four VMs (one Kubernetes master node and three Kubernetes worker compute nodes).

After you finish

Next, view your Kubernetes service cluster and add workload clusters on your NetApp HCI system by using the NetApp Kubernetes Service.