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Cloud Computing

The simple way to manage container workloads

Using Kubernetes unlocks a world of potential. However, the implementation and maintenance, management, constant updates, and general monitoring are task-intensive and complex.

In order to get the best out of Kubernetes, it will need its own management.

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Managed Kubernetes brings K8s to life

Managed Kubernetes facilitates the fully automated setup of Kubernetes clusters. Several clusters can also be quickly and easily deployed, for example to set up staging environments, and then deleted again if necessary.
Kubernetes also significantly simplifies and carefully supports the automation of CI/CD pipelines in terms of testing and deployment.
Our managed solution offers maximum transparency and control of the K8S cluster. This includes:

Security Fixes

Automatic updates of security fixes

Versioning & Upgrade Management

Version and upgrade provisioning

Top availability

Highly-available and geo-redundant control plane

Admin API Access

Full cluster admin-level access to Kubernetes API

Fully integrated persistent storage

Using the default CSI-based IONOS by 1&1 StorageClass, running stateful applications is as easy as running a simple stateless web server. Persistent volumes (PV) are automatically created through a persistent volume claim (PVC) and attached to your worker nodes running your pods.

Designed to be fault tolerant, your volume will even be migrated in case of a node failure. Based on the double redundant storage architecture of our Compute Engine, persistent storage is not a source of frustration with a IONOS Cloud Managed Kubernetes cluster.

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High-resilience infrastructure

IONOS Cloud Managed Kubernetes clusters support multiple node pools spread across numerous data centres. Geo-redundant distribution of pods and service create a highly fault-tolerant architecture and guarantees the highest availability of a cluster.

Since the control plane is also designed to be highly available and geo-redundant, a cluster survives — even in the event of total data centre failure.

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Visual cluster and node pool management

Not only can Managed Kubernetes be conveniently administered through the Kubernetes API, it is also an integral part of the IONOS Cloud Data Center Designer (DCD). Using the DCD you can create clusters, create node pools or delete them directly – all from the graphical user interface of the IONOS Cloud.

Integration within the DCD complements your Kubernetes deployment options in the IONOS Cloud environment and makes it possible to get an overview of the existing Managed Kubernetes Clusters at any time.

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Satisfied Managed Kubernetes Customers

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FTAPI Software GmbH
"FTAPI uses Managed Kubernetes from IONOS Cloud to adapt and secure data transfers for medium-sized European companies."
Michael Krinninger
Member of the Executive Board
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Gudat Solutions GmbH
"As a digital car dealer, we use IONOS Cloud Managed Kubernetes to safely operate Kubernetes with maximum efficiency.”
Alexander Lichius
Head of DevOps & Integration Engineering
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USU Software AG
“Our Katana Data Science platform runs successfully on the IONOS Cloud Managed Kubernetes cluster. The migration from our self-installed solution to a managed cluster went smoothly.”
Sören Brunk
Senior Data Engineer at USU Katana

Easy integration of cloud-native solutions

Managed Kubernetes is a complete (i.e. as standard as possible) “vanilla” Kubernetes as defined by the CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation). K8s is most effective when it can interact with a wide range of complementary services (such as istio, linkerd, Prometheus, Traefik, Envoy, fleuntd, rook, and many others) that are connected via APIs. Compute Engine users can install the additional services of their choice themselves.
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Free up valuable resources for your DevOps team

Managed Kubernetes is a free service. This includes deployment, admin, security and updating of the geo-redundant Kubernetes control plane you design, as well as the maintenance and updates of the system environment of the worker nodes.

You purchase only the infrastructure you need, such as number of cores, RAM, storage and traffic, according to your required usage. The control plane is executed on its own machine instances. There are no costs for the master node.

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Your container’s computing and storage resources

1 Core

Choose between AMD & Intel® Core

from£0.02per hour
£0.0045per hour
1 GB Storage

Choose between HDD & SDD

from£0.04per 30 days
1 GB Traffic

Free incoming & internal traffic


Provision and deploy K8s clusters in a matter of minutes

Test Managed Kubernetes with no restrictions or obligations for 30 days with an Activation Bonus of £500!

Quick registration

Create your admin account in just a few simple steps. Secured with 2-factor authentication.

Simple setup

Create your node pools in the DCD with ease. Provision and deploy your first container quickly and easily using admin API access.

Ready to go

Once the configuration is finished, you can start operating within a few minutes.

Managed Kubernetes

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

IONOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, the Google Cloud Platform and other cloud providers offer Kubernetes-as-a-Service. However, their aims and approaches sometimes vary considerably. The quality of service and the platform's stability, performance, and active participation within the cloud-native community are all distinguishing factors.

IONOS focuses on managed services that simplify the use of software containers and Kubernetes as an orchestration tool. The IONOS Cloud prides itself in particular on its proximity to the end-user. The user's feedback is continuously incorporated into Managed Kubernetes' further development.

A central component of Managed Kubernetes is visual cluster and node pool management. On the one hand, Managed Kubernetes can be managed conveniently via the Kubernetes API, but it is also firmly integrated into IONOS Cloud's Data Center Designer (DCD). DCD enables you to create Kubernetes clusters and node pools, or delete them directly from the IONOS Cloud graphical user interface. The master node remains geographically redundant, while the customer decides where to set up their node pools.

The DCD integration perfectly rounds off Kubernetes' possible applications in the IONOS Cloud environment. It enables a quick overview of the existing Managed Kubernetes clusters at any time – both graphically in the DCD and via a large number of API calls.

Exciting new functions are constantly being introduced. In the future, users will be able to…

  • select versions of Kubernetes directly in the Data Center Designer (DCD) and make them available for clusters
  • use an upgrade button to install the latest version of Kubernetes
  • set a preferred time window for patch version updates (exception: urgent security updates cannot be delayed)
  • carry out all the above settings either by cluster or by node pool
  • replace non-functioning nodes via Auto Repair

IONOS Cloud offers Managed Kubernetes as a free service. You only pay for computing and storage resources that the Kubernetes nodes need for containers. Thanks to the transparent pricing structure of IONOS Cloud Compute Engine, there are only four price points:

  • Computing: cores from £0.02 per hour
  • RAM: £0.0045 per GB per hour
  • Block Storage: from £0.04 per GB per 30 days (choose from HDD or SSD)
  • Traffic: from £0.03 per GB outgoing data transfer

Kubernetes is a great tool. IONOS makes it much simpler to use by taking on time-consuming processes such as updates.

Managed Kubernetes from IONOS offers you…

  • stable and reliable container management
  • more flexibility and agility for faster feature roll-outs, services and fixes
  • easy scalability and adjustments in real-time
  • resources conservation, since less specialised personnel is required
  • more efficiency and less effort because there are no proprietary, labour-intensive add-ons
  • a constant feedback process, making Kubernetes even more useful for you
  • Kubernetes clusters, which can be created either via API or set up with our graphical Data Centre Designer (DCD) and clearly displayed
  • self-repairing nodes and extensive API calls for a comprehensive overview

Any questions?

Would you like to partially migrate parts of your IT or your individual projects to the cloud?Our Cloud Consultants are happy to provide you with expert, no-obligation advice.