Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)


💡 This page has an example installation using eksctl to get started quickly and easily. For a declarative installation with Amazon EKS Blueprints for Terraform, refer to our getting-started blueprint for the Ondat EKS Blueprints addon.

This guide will demonstrate how to install Ondat onto an Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service cluster using the Ondat kubectl plugin.


⚠️ Make sure you have met the minimum resource requirements for Ondat to successfully run. Review the main Ondat prerequisites page for more information.

⚠️ Make sure the following CLI utilities are installed on your local machine and are available in your $PATH:

⚠️ Make sure to add an Ondat licence after installing.

⚠️ Make sure you have a running EKS cluster with a minimum of 3 worker nodes and the sufficient Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) permissions to deploy and manage applications in the cluster.

⚠️ Make sure your EKS clusters use Ubuntu for EKS as the default node operating system with an optimised kernel. For kernel versions below linux-aws-5.4.0-1066.69 or linux-aws-5.13.0-1014.15, the module tcm_loop is not included in the base kernel distribution. In that case, the package linux-modules-extra-$(uname -r) is additionally required on each of the nodes - this can be installed automatically by adding extra steps to the node’s user data.

To find the latest Ubuntu for EKS AMI, search your region for the image:

export AWS_REGION="eu-west-2" # Insert your preferred region here
aws ec2 describe-images \
--filters "Name=owner-id,Values=099720109477" "Name=architecture,Values=x86_64" "Name=root-device-type,Values=ebs" "Name=virtualization-type,Values=hvm" \
--query 'Images[?contains(Name, `ubuntu-eks`)] | [?contains(Name, `testing`) == `false`] | [?contains(Name, `minimal`) == `false`] | [?contains(Name, `hvm-ssd`) == `true`] | sort_by(@, &CreationDate)| [-1].ImageId' \
--output text \
--region "$AWS_REGION"

In this example, we have used eksctl to create a cluster with 3 nodes of size t3.large running Ubuntu for EKS in the eu-west-2 region. We have provided 100 GB of disk space for each node. Note that by default, Ondat will store data locally in the node’s file system under the path /var/lib/storageos on each node in hyperconverged mode.

In a production infrastructure, we would create multiple Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volumes tweaked for performance or use ephemeral SSD storage and mount our volumes under data device directories with some additions to user data. We would also implement some form of snapshots or backup of these underlying volumes to ensure continuity in a disaster scenario.

# cluster.yaml
kind: ClusterConfig

  name: ondat-cluster
  region: eu-west-2

  - name: aws-ebs-csi-driver

  withOIDC: true

  - name: ondat-ng
    minSize: 3
    maxSize: 3
    instanceType: t3.large
    ami: ami-0cb2cb474d9e4e075
    labels: {ondat: node}
    volumeSize: 100
    volumeName: /dev/xvda
    volumeEncrypted: true
    disableIMDSv1: true
        ebs: true
    overrideBootstrapCommand: |
      mkdir -p /var/lib/storageos
      echo "/dev/nvme1n1 /var/lib/storageos ext4 defaults,discard 0 1" >> /etc/fstab
      mkfs.ext4 /dev/nvme1n1
      mount /var/lib/storageos
      /etc/eks/ ondat-cluster      
eksctl create cluster --config-file=cluster.yaml

⚠️ With the above configuration, volumes will be deleted when the nodes they are attached to are terminated. Be sure to keep snapshots, for example by using Data Lifecycle Manager


First, provision your kubeconfig for kubectl and test that you can connect to Kubernetes:

aws eks update-kubeconfig --region "$AWS_REGION" --name ondat-cluster
kubectl get nodes

If you receive the message No resources found or see nodes marked as NotReady, wait for 2-3 minutes in order for your nodes to transition to Ready and check again to ensure they are running before proceeding through the next steps.

Step 1 - Conducting Preflight Checks

  • Run the following command to conduct preflight checks against the EKS cluster to ensure that Ondat prerequisites are in place before continuing with installation.
kubectl storageos preflight

Step 2 - Installing Ondat

  1. Define and export the STORAGEOS_USERNAME and STORAGEOS_PASSWORD environment variables that will be used to manage your Ondat instance.
  2. Set the StorageClass for etcd to use.

💡 This cannot be Ondat, as Ondat is dependent upon etcd. On AWS EKS, we suggest gp3 for a good balance of performance and resilience, or io2 where top performance is essential.

💡 The default StorageClass in EKS is gp2 which is not recommended, instead we will create a gp3 StorageClass and set it as default, at least until we install Ondat:

kubectl create -f - <<EOF
kind: StorageClass
  name: gp3
  annotations: "true"
allowVolumeExpansion: true
volumeBindingMode: WaitForFirstConsumer
  type: gp3

💡 This StorageClass requires the AWS EBS EKS addon we specified in the eksctl cluster configuration above

export STORAGEOS_USERNAME="storageos"
export STORAGEOS_PASSWORD="storageos"
  1. Run the following kubectl-storageos plugin command to install Ondat.
kubectl storageos install \
  --include-etcd \
  --etcd-tls-enabled \
  --etcd-storage-class="$ETCD_STORAGECLASS" \
  --admin-username="$STORAGEOS_USERNAME" \
  • The installation process may take a few minutes.

Step 3 - Verifying Ondat Installation

  • Run the following kubectl commands to inspect Ondat’s resources (the core components should all be in a RUNNING status)
kubectl get all --namespace=storageos
kubectl get all --namespace=storageos-etcd
kubectl get storageclasses | grep "storageos"

Step 4 - Applying a Licence to the Cluster

⚠️ Newly installed Ondat clusters must be licensed within 24 hours. Our Free Forever tier supports up to 1 TiB of provisioned storage.

To obtain a licence, follow the instructions on our licensing operations page.