Types of clusters on NetApp HCI

Enabling cloud services on NetApp HCI involves different types of clusters.

Service cluster
Connected to NetApp Kubernetes Service (NKS), a service cluster acts as an orchestrator to deploy services and update itself. The service cluster is a set of compute nodes and storage resources that form a Kubernetes environment. Each cluster has at least one master node, which is responsible for overall management of the cluster, and three worker nodes, on which containers are scheduled to execute.

Services clusters are for internal NKS use and are not available for running your applications. Service clusters are also not listed in the NKS UI on nks.netapp.io.

Workload clusters
These are clusters on which you add any number of applications. These clusters are maintained in NetApp Kubernetes Service.