More on Masters and Nodes

Learn about the control plane of the Kubernetes cluster, and the Masters and Nodes found in it.


Masters host the control plane. That is a fancy way of referring to the brains of the cluster.

With this in mind, it is good practice to have more than one Master in order to maintain high availability (HA). This way, if one of them fails, the cluster can remain operational. It is common to have 3 or 5 Masters in a production cluster and to spread them across failure domains. It is not wise to stick them all in the same room, under the same leaky air conditioning unit, functioning on the same glitchy electricity supply.

The illustration below shows a highly available control plane with 3 Masters. Each one is in a separate failure domain with different network infrastructures and distinct power infrastructures, etc.

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