AWS Prerequisites and Resource Requirements

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This topic describes the prerequisites and resource requirements for installing Pivotal Container Service (PKS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Before you install PKS, you must install one of the following:

  • Ops Manager v2.3.1 or later
  • Ops Manager v2.4.x

Note: You use Ops Manager to install and configure PKS. Each version of Ops Manager supports multiple versions of PKS. To confirm that your Ops Manager version supports the version of PKS that you install, see PKS Release Notes.

To install an Ops Manager version that is compatible with the PKS version you intend to use, follow the instructions in the corresponding version of the Ops Manager documentation.

Note: The topics below provide the Terraform procedures for deploying Ops Manager on AWS, not the manual procedures. The Terraform procedures are the currently supported path for deploying Ops Manager on AWS for use with PKS.

Ops Manager v2.3
Ops Manager v2.4

Resource Requirements

Installing Ops Manager and PKS requires the following virtual machines (VMs):

VM Name VM Type Default VM Count
Pivotal Container Service m4.large ^* 1
BOSH Director m4.large 1

Storage Requirements for Large Numbers of Pods

If you expect the cluster workload to run a large number of pods continuously, then increase the size of persistent disk storage allocated to the the Pivotal Container Service VM as follows:

Number of Pods Storage (Persistent Disk) Requirement ^*
1,000 pods 20 GB
5,000 pods 100 GB
10,000 pods 200 GB
50,000 pods 1,000 GB

Kubernetes Cluster Resources

Each Kubernetes cluster provisioned through PKS deploys the VMs listed below. If you deploy more than one Kubernetes cluster, you must scale your allocated resources appropriately.
VM Name Number CPU Cores RAM Ephemeral Disk Persistent Disk
master 1 2 4 GB 32 GB 5 GB
worker 1 2 4 GB 32 GB 50 GB

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