The ack-virtual-node component is used to ensure optimal auto scaling capability of Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) clusters. You can deploy the component in an ACK cluster or in an on-premises Kubernetes cluster. This topic describes how to create a pod by using ack-virtual-node.

Background information

The ack-virtual-node component can be used to run pods as serverless container groups in Elastic Container Instance. The pay-as-you-go billing method is supported. This ensures optimal auto scaling capability and avoids unnecessary resource usage. You can use ack-virtual-node to improve the efficiency of application deployment and auto scaling, and minimize the computing cost in multiple scenarios. These scenarios include Job tasks, continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), Apache Spark big data computing, and online application auto scaling.

For more information about Elastic Container Instance-based pods, see ECI overview.


Use ack-virtual-node to create a pod

  1. Set permissions.

    Before you can install the component in a registered cluster, you must specify the AccessKey information to authenticate requests that are sent to cloud resources. Before you set the AccessKey information, create a Resource Access Management (RAM) user and grant the RAM user the permissions to access Alibaba Cloud resources.

    1. Create a RAM user.

      For more information, see Create a RAM user.

    2. Create a permission policy.
      For more information about how to create a permission policy, see Create a custom policy.
      The following example shows the permission policies of ack-virtual-node.
          "Version": "1",
          "Statement": [
                  "Action": [
                  "Resource": [
                  "Effect": "Allow"
    3. Grant permissions to the RAM user

      For more information about how to grant permissions to the RAM user, see Grant permissions to a RAM user.

    4. Set the AccessKey information for the RAM user.

      For more information about how to set the AccessKey information for the RAM user, see Obtain an AccessKey pair.

      Run the following command to create the Secret for ack-virtual-node:
      kubectl create nskubectl -n kube-system create secret generic alibaba-addon-secret --from-literal='access-key-id=<your access key id>' --from-literal='access-key-secret=<your access key secret>'

      Replace <your access key id> and <your access key secret> in the command with your AccessKey information.

  2. Install the ack-virtual-node component.
    1. Log on to the ACK console.
    2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Clusters. On the Clusters page, find the cluster that you want to manage, and choose More > Manage System Components in the Actions column of the cluster.
    3. You are redirected to the Add-ons page. Find the ack-virtual-node component and click Install for the component.
  3. Create an Elastic Container Instance-based pod.
    ack-virtual-node allows you to create an Elastic Container Instance-based pod by using one of the following methods:
    • Add the label eci=true to the pod.
      kubectl run nginx --image nginx -l eci=true
    • Add the label eci=true to the namespace.
      kubectl create ns vk
      kubectl label namespace vk eci=true
      kubectl -n vk run nginx --image nginx