Platform Availability

Application and Control Plane Availability

Availability during normal operation

As we approach feature parity with cf-deployment, we’re targetting an app availability SLO of 99.9% and a control plane (ie cf push) SLO of 99.5%.

We’ve been measuring cf-for-k8s platform availability using a long-running environment, which gets upgraded each night to the latest commit of main. The pipeline for managing this environment lives in this repository here: cf-for-k8s-stability-tests.yml

The app availability measurement is captured via Pingdom and checks a simple app that is cf pushed upon creation of the long-running environment. The availability data is publically available here:

For the two months leading up to the v1.0.0 release, the app availability was 99.90% and 99.95%, respectively.

We also collect a smoke test / cf push SLI using this same environment. We have a Concourse job that runs constantly here, that tests cf-for-k8s smoke tests and emits metrics to VMware Tanzu Observability by Wavefront and our associated [currently private] dashboard.

For the 4 weeks leading up to the v1.0.0 release, the smoke test SLI has been just over 96%. Here’s a snapshot of the currently private dashboard:

Availability during platform upgrades

Note: Typical cf-for-k8s platform upgrades take at most only a couple of minutes (frequently taking only a matter of seconds).

As of writing this, we do not have any guarantees of uptime of apps during upgrades; however, we will include possible downtime warnings in our release notes.

Most app availabilty downtime during upgrades has been associated with Istio upgrades. While the Istio ingress gateways restart as a result of the upgrade, there may be degradation of app routability.

Additionally, after an Istio upgrade, apps will be rolled to get new versions of the sidecar proxy. Apps with a single instance may be particularly impacted and temporarily unavailable for HTTP traffic.

We have not yet investigated or aggregated common root causes of the CF control plane downtime.

For post v1.0.0 releases, we’ll include downtime information in release notes. From pre-v1.0.0, this document captures downtime-causing changes and lives here.

CF for K8s version: v5.0.0