Your experience with DOKS Stability?

I’m moving a pretty heavy inventory over to K8S - it’s a mixed-bag portfolio for a SMB marketing agency… About 300 legacy WordPress, Laravel, Node, and Golang apps, all with some sort of DB backend (or several).

I started with a Rancher RKE cluster backed by droplets and do-csi driving NFS for RWX. It was gold in preview with several apps running, but at about 15/300 apps and 8 nodes, I started running into sporadic fatal errors. Mostly nginx upstream timeouts between service and pod or pod and other-pod (db). Sometimes it’s still gold, sometimes it’s garbage. Sometimes it’s sticky on a browser session across apps, sometimes it’s everyone hitting a specific app - IMPOSSIBLE to trace/debug 🥵

I suspect it’s my fault - I likely slightly mis-configured the cluster from the start :/

So my question: I’m considering trading the RKE cluster for DOKS and (potentially) managed DBs (I trust DO enough ☺️). Anyone running similar inventory on DOKS? Can you speak to the overall cluster-level stability|reliability|resiliency? Of course, app-level trouble is on me. But the “managed” in managed k8s - what’s the word?


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I’ve been really happy with the reliability so far. I’ve used DOKS for a couple of projects and I’ve had really positive experience. It feels great not to have to worry about upgrades, security patches and etc.

The price is also really good compared to other providers along with the documentation.