Fully managed private Kubernetes clusters

Cost effective. Pure upstream.

Focus on your business while Canonical builds and manages your Kubernetes clusters. Take advantage of your on-premises assets and leverage public clouds for your multi-cloud strategy.

Kubernetes Managed Service Provider

Canonical will set-up and operate your Kubernetes cluster for you, with in-house experts available at all times to stand-up and scale your cluster. And, when you're ready, we will hand over operational control.

  • Fully managed Kubernetes on your bare metal, VMWare, OpenStack or any public cloud
  • Built in one to three weeks using a proven reference architecture with our Kubernetes consulting packages
  • Customise the architecture in iterations based on workloads
  • Enterprise SLA for the infrastructure, upgrades included
  • Monitoring and log management integration
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Budget friendly, reliable and supported

Private Kubernetes clusters should be economically competitive with the public cloud, and it needs to be fast and reliable. Our experience with Kubernetes at scale and meeting complex regulatory requirements ensures that we deliver efficient and resilient private Kubernetes clusters with an SLA to match.

Friendly economics

Predictable capital expenditures (CAPEX) and predictable operating expenses (OPEX) means the benefits of long-term density accrue to your bottom line directly.


Every Kubernetes cluster built by Canonical is always automatically upgradable to newer versions. Absolutely no snowflakes!

Pure upstream

We work directly with Google and the community to provide a pure Kubernetes experience on-premises and maximise compatibility across all public Kubernetes services such as Google GKE, Amazon EKS and Azure AKS.

Build, operate, transfer and support

The best way to keep costs down and ensure a high-quality cloud is to use a repeatable, standardised methodology for workload analysis, requirements gathering, deployment and operations.

  1. Design and build

    Together, we design your Kubernetes cluster based on your hardware, scale, roadmap, applications and monitoring system. We'll guide you through the hardware specification process to maximise the efficiency of your CAPEX, and we'll tailor the architecture of your cloud to meet your application, security, regulatory and integration requirements.

  2. We operate your Kubernetes

    We take responsibility for the remote management and 24/7 availability of your Kubernetes clusters. Your SLA covers uptime and performance. Your hardware and software are proactively monitored. Scale on demand with additional racks.

    For as long as you want, Canonical will tend to the infrastructure so that you can tend to your business workloads. The most important thing for a new private container initiative is engagement with development and operations teams, to build confidence in your private or multi-cloud strategy. This will prove the business case for on-prem or multi-cloud Kubernetes and ensure high service levels during the critical early stages of your journey.

  3. We transfer control

    On request, we'll give you the keys. We provide training and a handover process to ensure a smooth handover.

    Not everyone wants to operate Kubernetes, and for many people, the benefit of the cloud is freedom from the infrastructure layer. Managed Kubernetes offers that in your own data centre. However, if you do want to take control, you have full visibility from the very beginning in every aspect of cloud management, performance tuning, log aggregation and monitoring. There's no better way to learn Kubernetes than to run a cloud shoulder to shoulder with Canonical.

  4. We support your operations

    Once you have control of the cloud, Canonical provides 24/7 enterprise telephone support. Since we know the architecture of your Kubernetes clusters, problems are faster to debug and easier to resolve.

Free quote and architecture assessment

Fits your multi-cloud strategy

We recommend a multi-cloud operations strategy for the best mix of latency and price across both fixed and variable workloads. Canonical is a leading partner for all major public clouds, so we deliver cloud-neutral advice for both private and public operations. The right location for a workload should be driven by economics, not habit. Give yourself the freedom to choose.

Fully Managed Kubernetes

  • Controlled density and performance
  • Containers for bare metal speed
  • CAPEX for long-term workloads
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Data sovereignty
  • Existing footprint

Multi-cloud ready

  • Deep integration with cloud features such as LBaaS, storage and networking
  • Elasticity for highly variable load
  • Many regions for low latency
  • OPEX as needed
  • Network isolation


Refresh your data centre with Managed Kubernetes on OpenStack

  • Predictable CAPEX and OPEX

    Dedicated hardware is the most cost-effective for long-term workloads. Managed OpenStack and Kubernetes costs are predictable per fun88体育 per month.

  • Elasticity and agility

    We scale your cloud on demand. Just call to let us know there are additional racks in the DC. We'll remotely test the hardware and expand your cloud with zero downtime.

  • No distractions

    We operate OpenStack and Kubernetes, you run your apps. The real benefit of the cloud is the ability to focus exclusively on business apps and differentiation. Your private cloud should be the same.

  • AI/ML ready

    Canonical OpenStack and Kubernetes are ready for your Machine Learning enabled applications. Trusted leaders in the industry, Ubuntu provides the best basis to run AI/ML frameworks.

  • No lock-in

    Your team can monitor every machine in your private cluster, and be trained to operate the Kubernetes clusters themselves. We will transfer operations to them on request.

  • Upgrades built-in

    As OpenStack and Kubernetes evolve, your private cloud can be upgraded with zero downtime. Canonical guarantees upgrades to newer versions of OpenStack and Kubernetes on request. Nobody else does.

  • App-store included

    Operate standard software workloads exactly the same way on public clouds and OpenStack, using Kubernetes. A large portfolio of open source solutions and best practices.

  • Perfect Portability

    Run your applications on the same container substrate as you would on the public cloud alternatives. Kubernetes on Ubuntu provides you with 100% compatibility with other conformant clusters, including those run by AWS, Google and Microsoft.

  • Flexible infrastructure

    Canonical OpenStack works with the widest range of SDNs, from Neutron OVS/OVN and flat provider networks to Cisco ACI, Calico and Juniper Contrail. With Kubernetes, your choices are Flannel and Calico. Use proven software‐defined storage like Ceph and Swift, or integrate your existing SAN.

Count on Canonical's Kubernetes and OpenStack expertise

  • Guaranteed SLA

    Our expertise, based on data from hundreds of clouds, underpins your Service Level Agreement. Our operations are certified, with regular independent audits.

  • NFV ready

    Managed OpenStack is your fastest path to a modern VIM. As a VNF vendor, Managed OpenStack enables you to test your VNFs on the most widely used OpenStack in telco.

  • Security

    Operated to the high standard of Canonical's own production OpenStack, supporting critical public services for 60m users and devices.

  • Full stack support

    As the publisher of Ubuntu, Canonical uniquely supports the full stack. Complex problems in cloud infrastructure require analysis and fixes all the way down to the kernel. With us, there are no loose ends.

  • Log aggregation

    Canonical's team actively monitors your OpenStack and Kubernetes 24/7, providing observability, alerting, capacity planning and continuous service checks to ensure your cloud is healthy and stays that way.

  • Transfer support

    Canonical offers training and on-premises Cloud Reliability Engineers to smooth your transition to internal operations when requested. Trust us to get you started in the best possible way.

Shape it to your needs

AI and Machine Learning

Turn your data into automated decision making and dramatically improve service levels, optimise processes, and react instantly to real-time data.

With GPU and FPGA pass-through your Kubernetes cluster becomes a shared machine learning platform for your data scientists.

Ground-breaking initiatives such as Kubeflow provide your application developers a cloud-native framework for deploying AI/ML enabled applications at scale.

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Build services

Even if you want to operate the Kubernetes cluster from the beginning, we can still help you design and build it. Get started fast with our Kubernetes consulting and reference architecture to optimise your workloads.

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Containers for legacy apps

Use the Linux Containers Daemon, LXD, for pure-container guests in OpenStack.

Faster to launch, with zero latency and amazing quality of service, LXD guests are the bridge between traditional VMs and next-generation Kubernetes.

Custom integration

Integrate your Kubernetes with existing storage SANs, network and SDN controllers, authentication systems like LDAP or Active Directory, and monitoring systems using our professional services and consulting teams.

Charmed Kubernetes services ›

Managed Kubernetes pricing

  Fully managed Kubernetes
Price per node (physical)* on bare metal $3,985/year
Price per node (physical)* on public cloud, VMware or OpenStack $2,925/year
Price per node (virtual)* $1,305/year
Price per node* combined with Managed Openstack $6,324/year
Phone and web ticket support 24 hours a day,
every day
Industry-leading cloud operations tooling
(Ubuntu, MAAS, Juju, LXD)
Deploy, run, scale, upgrade K8s
Monitoring and logging
Landscape management
Knowledge Base
High availability (HA) support
Remote operations, smart alerts and proactive monitoring by Canonical's cloud experts 24 hours a day, every day
Disaster recovery

* Minimums apply

Talk to Canonical's remote operations team about building and operating your Kubernetes cluster today.

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