Question

Is there a managed load balancer with HTTPS support for DigitalOcean Kubernetes?

It’s easy to deploy a set of docker containers to DigitalOcean Kubernetes. It’s fairly easy to add an NGINX Ingress load balancer to make it visible to the outside world.

It’s not that easy at all to configure HTTPS certificates (kubectl, helm, lot of YAML files) and domains and making sure that the certificates get created - a lot of hassle.

I would gladly pay for a “managed” load balancer that would be just as easy to set up as in case of a DigitalOcean App or a Droplet:

  1. create an A record
  2. tell DigitalOcean the name of my domain -> DONE.

In addition to the simplicity I also get CloudFlare’s security and CDN.

Is there anything similar to that available to Kubernetes on DigitalOcean?

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Hi there,

I think that this should be doable with the DigitalOcean managed Load balancers, according to the documentation here. You’ll have to create the SSL certificate or upload it first as per the instructions here:

https://docs.digitalocean.com/products/networking/load-balancers/how-to/ssl-termination/

Then you can reference the certificate’s ID in the load balancer’s configuration file.

The example below creates a load balancer using an SSL certificate:

---
kind: Service
apiVersion: v1
metadata:
  name: https-with-cert
  annotations:
    service.beta.kubernetes.io/do-loadbalancer-protocol: "https"
    service.beta.kubernetes.io/do-loadbalancer-certificate-id: "your-certificate-id"
spec:
  type: LoadBalancer
  selector:
    app: nginx-example
  ports:
    - name: https
      protocol: TCP
      port: 443
      targetPort: 80

Regards, Bobby