Scale vSphere cluster

How to scale your vSphere cluster

When you are scaling your vSphere EKS Anywhere cluster, consider the number of nodes you need for your control plane and for your data plane. Each plane can be scaled horizontally (add more nodes) or vertically (provide nodes with more resources). In each case you can scale the cluster manually, semi-automatically, or automatically.

See the Kubernetes Components documentation to learn the differences between the control plane and the data plane (worker nodes).

Manual cluster scaling

Horizontally scaling the cluster is done by increasing the number for the control plane or worker node groups under the Cluster specification.

NOTE: If etcd is running on your control plane (the default configuration) you should scale your control plane in odd numbers (3, 5, 7…).

kind: Cluster
  name: test-cluster
    count: 1     # increase this number to horizontally scale your control plane
  - count: 1     # increase this number to horizontally scale your data plane

Vertically scaling your cluster is done by updating the machine config spec for your infrastructure provider. For a vSphere cluster an example is

NOTE: Not all providers can be vertically scaled (e.g. bare metal)

kind: VSphereMachineConfig
  name: test-machine
  namespace: default
  diskGiB: 25       # increase this number to make the VM disk larger
  numCPUs: 2        # increase this number to add vCPUs to your VM
  memoryMiB: 8192   # increase this number to add memory to your VM

Once you have made configuration updates you can apply the changes to your cluster. If you are adding or removing a node, only the terminated nodes will be affected. If you are vertically scaling your nodes, then all nodes will be replaced one at a time.

eksctl anywhere upgrade cluster -f cluster.yaml

Semi-automatic scaling

Scaling your cluster in a semi-automatic way still requires changing your cluster manifest configuration. In a semi-automatic mode you change your cluster spec and then have automation make the cluster changes.

You can do this by storing your cluster config manifest in git and then having a CI/CD system deploy your changes. Or you can use a GitOps controller to apply the changes. To read more about making changes with the integrated Flux GitOps controller you can read how to Manage a cluster with GitOps .


EKS Anywhere supports autoscaling of worker node groups using the Kubernetes Cluster Autoscaler and as a curated package .

See here for details on how to configure your cluster spec to autoscale worker node groups for autoscaling.