What is an add-on?

Open-cluster-management has a mechanism to help developers to develop an extension based on the foundation components for the purpose of working with multiple clusters in various asepcts. Examples of add-ons includes:

  1. A tool to collect alert events in the managed cluster, and send to the hub cluster.
  2. A network solution that uses the hub to share the network info and establish connection among managed clusters.
  3. A tool to spread security policies to multiple clusters.

In general, if a management tool needs a different configuration for each managed cluster or a secured communication between the managed cluster and the hub cluster, it can utilize the add-on mechanism in open-cluster-management to ease the installation and day 2 operation.

Add-on enablement

Each add-on should register itself on the hub by creating a ClusterManagementAddon resource on the hub cluster. For instance, the helloworld add-on can be registered to the hub cluster by creating:

kind: ClusterManagementAddOn
  name: helloworld
    displayName: helloworld

An add-on should also have a controller running on the hub taking responsibility of add-on configuration for each managed cluster. When a user wants to enable the add-on for a certain managed cluster, the user should create a ManagedClusterAddon resource on the cluster namespace. The name of the ManagedClusterAddon should be the same name of the corresponding ClusterManagementAddon. For instance, the following example enables helloworld add-on in cluster1

kind: ManagedClusterAddon
  name: helloworld
  namespace: cluster1
  installNamespace: helloworld

Add-on framework

Add-on framework provides a library for developers to develop an add-ons in open-cluster-management more easily. Take a look at the helloworld example to understand how the add-on framework can be used.