The Gardener implements the automated management and operation of Kubernetes clusters as a service and aims to support that service on multiple Cloud providers (AWS, GCP, Azure, OpenStack). Its main principle is to use Kubernetes itself as base for its tasks.
In essence, the Gardener is an extension API server along with a bundle of Kubernetes controllers which introduces new API objects in an existing Kubernetes cluster (which is called Garden cluster) in order to use them for the management of further Kubernetes clusters (which are called Shoot clusters). To do that reliably and to offer a certain quality of service, it requires to control the main components of a Kubernetes cluster (etcd, API server, controller manager, scheduler). These so-called control plane components are hosted in Kubernetes clusters themselves (which are called Seed clusters).
To start using or developing the Gardener locally
See our documentation in the
/docs repository, please find the index here.
Setting up your own Gardener landscape in the cloud
Take a look at our Gardener Helm Chart for deploying Gardener to an existing Kubernetes cluster, or at our landscape setup template to bootstrap your own Gardener system (including pre-installed configuration and Gardener Dashboard).
Feedback and Support
Feedback and contributions are always welcome. Please report bugs or suggestions about our Kubernetes clusters as such or the Gardener itself as GitHub issues or join our Slack channel #gardener (Invite yourself to the Kubernetes Slack workspace here).