Google Cloud Platform – Node pools

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Within a cluster, you can create pools of nodes that are identical to each other. When you create a cluster, the number and type of nodes you specify becomes the default-node-pool. You can add more nodes to this pool or create a different set of node pools that is managed by the same cluster. Creating additional node pools comes in handy when you have a containerized application with a different set of resource requirements.

To create a node pool:

  1. Click on the Kubernetes cluster and click on EDIT and scroll to the bottom to find Node Pools:
  1. Here you can either change the Size of the current node pool, the default-pool, delete it, or click on Add node pool. This opens up a fresh set of options to add to your additional node pool:
  1. Click Save to deploy the second node pool. This deploys two more nodes in the compute engine that are part of the pool and are managed by the same cluster:

Kubernetes and workload deployment are deep concepts and deserve their own book. Kubernetes is a very powerful tool if used appropriately for your applications. Refer to the official Google Kubernetes engine documentation and learn more at

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