Cloud Setup

This covers how we setup your infrastructure on AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. These are the three Cloud Providers that we currently support to run Kubernetes. Further, we use the managed service provided by each of the Cloud Providers. This document covers everything related to how infrastructure is setup within each Cloud, how we create an isolated environment for Compliance and the commonalities between them.

Infrastructure as Code / Terraform

The infrastructure is setup using AuditKube which is a Terraform module to create the entire infrastructure. Terraform is used to create Infrastructure as Code so you don’t have to go into the Consoles of the different environments and point and click to build infrastructure.

opsZero setups the infrastructure using Terraform so that it can be built in a repeatable manner. This grants you a couple benefits: it creates an audit trail of changes to your infrastructure so you remain compliant, it allows you test new infrastructure services quickly if you want to add them, it allows you to create completely identical isolated environment across different Cloud environments.

Our Terraform module creates the following across different modules: Kubernetes Cluster, Bastion, VPN Machine, SQL (AWS Aurora, AWS RDS, Google Cloud SQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL), and Redis (AWS ElasticCache, Google MemoryStore, Azure Redis), VPCs, Security Groups.

We setup a new Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) that isolate the access in each environment. This is beneficial in that even if you are using an existing Cloud environment the VPC in which Kubernetes is deployed will be isolated from the other networks unless it is opened up via VPC Peering. Also by having everything within one VPC we can create and limit network flows to the required services.

Since Terraform is just code it allows us to check in all changes into Git to create an audit trail. This audit trail and all changes to the infrastructure need to be documented to remain compliant with HIPAA / PCI / SOC2.

The Bastion and VPN are two separate machines that have an external IP. These are how we connect to the Kubernetes cluster as it requires we connect to the VPN and then to the Bastion to have access to the Kubernetes cluster. We use Foxpass for authentication to the Bastion and VPN. Foxpass allows you to use G Suite and Office 365 to grant access to the machines giving a singular place for access.

Terraform needs only be run when we create the infrastructure and when we want to make changes to that infrastructure. The way terraform works is that it creates the infrastructure and generates a statefile when you run terraform apply. This file is the state of your infrastructure and should be checked in to Git. Additional runs of terraform apply compares this statefile to what exists in your infrastructure and creates, modifies or deletes based on what is in your terraform .tf file and what your statefile shows.

The usual reasons you would run terraform are:

  • Change the number of nodes running in your cluster
  • Change the size of your database
  • Change the size of your redis
  • Add additional services to your infrastructure


The configuration for AWS looks something like this:

We build a completely independent VPC that is locked down. We lock things down by doing the following:

  • Need to use bastion for access. It uses Foxpass for access through G Suite, Microsoft 360, OKTA.
  • Need to use VPN for access to the bastion.
  • Need to use ELB via Ingress to Access Kubernetes Services
  • Additional Logging and Security Updates on Amazon Linux including OSSEC
  • Additional Control Log Flows
  • Node level Encryption

Google Cloud