May 21, 2020 By Chris Rosen 2 min read

We are happy to announce the general availability of IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service on the latest IBM Cloud VPC Gen2 infrastructure.

The Kubernetes Service will be available in US South, US East, London, and Frankfurt MZRs (multi-zone regions). 

What is IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)?

IBM Cloud continues to invest in new VPC capabilities, bringing industry-leading technology in this generation of IBM Cloud infrastructure. VPC provides simplified networking, security, scalability, flexibility, and agility for users running workloads in IBM Cloud.  IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC (Gen 2) now deliver network performance up to 80Gbps, which means our clients can push far more data in far less time. It’s more bandwidth for applications on a superior public platform. Learn more about VPC here.

What is IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service?

IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service is a managed container services offering leveraging Kubernetes as the container orchestration solution. It delivers powerful management tools, an intuitive user experience, and built-in security and isolation to enable rapid delivery of applications, all while leveraging Cloud Services and cognitive capabilities from Watson.

In addition to native Kubernetes capabilities like intelligent scheduling, self-healing, horizontal scaling, service discovery and load balancing, automated rollouts and rollbacks, and secret and configuration management, IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service simplifies operations with HA masters, multizone clusters, automated lifecycle management, and built-in DR, all while providing an industry-leading 99.99% SLA. Learn more about IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service’s capabilities.

How do I bring IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service to VPC?

Demo video:

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log in to IBM Cloud.
  2. Create your Virtual Private Cloud using these instructions.
  3. Open the Catalog and search for ‘Kubernetes’.
  4. Under Select an environment, choose VPC infrastructure. Now you will see your existing Virtual Private Cloud instances. Configure the cluster name, tags, and geography as normal. You will also see the existing subnets created under your VPC instance. Note: Ensure you select the geography where the VPC was created.
  5. Select the worker node flavors for your default pool and the number of nodes per zone, then click Create cluster and get ready to use the Kubernetes Service on VPC.
  6. Keep playing with your IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service cluster by deploying a starter kit app

Join the discussion

If you have questions or concerns, engage our team via Slack. You can register here and join the discussion in the #general channel on

We also have a hands-on lab that you can try for free: Explore IBM Cloud Virtual Private Cloud and Containers with Security, Data, Storage and Resiliency while leveraging IaC

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