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Install a Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker onto a Kubernetes cluster

The Solace PubSub+ Platform's software event broker efficiently streams event-driven information between applications, IoT devices and user interfaces running in the cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments using open APIs and protocols like AMQP, JMS, MQTT, REST and WebSocket. It can be installed into a variety of public and private clouds, PaaS, and on-premises environments, and brokers in multiple locations can be linked together in an event mesh to dynamically share events across the distributed enterprise.


This project is a best practice template intended for development and demo purposes. The tested and recommended Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker version is 10.0.

This document provides a quick getting started guide to install a software event broker in various configurations onto a Kubernetes cluster.

Detailed documentation is provided in the Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker on Kubernetes Documentation. Consult the Deployment Coonsiderations section of the Documentation when planning your deployment.

This document is applicable to any platform supporting Kubernetes, with specific hints on how to set up a simple MiniKube deployment on a Linux-based machine. To view examples of other Kubernetes platforms see:

How to deploy the Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker onto Kubernetes

Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker can be deployed in either a three-node High-Availability (HA) group or as a single-node standalone deployment. For simple test environments that need only to validate application functionality, a single instance will suffice. Note that in production, or any environment where message loss cannot be tolerated, an HA deployment is required.

We recommend using the Helm tool for convenience. An alternative method using generated templates is also provided.

In this quick start we go through the steps to set up a PubSub+ Software Event Broker using Solace PubSub+ Helm charts.

There are three Helm chart variants available with default small-size configurations:

  1. pubsubplus-dev - recommended PubSub+ Software Event Broker for Developers (standalone) - no guaranteed performance
  2. pubsubplus - PubSub+ Software Event Broker standalone, supporting 100 connections
  3. pubsubplus-ha - PubSub+ Software Event Broker HA, supporting 100 connections

For other PubSub+ Software Event Broker configurations or sizes, refer to the PubSub+ Software Event Broker Helm Chart Reference.

1. Get a Kubernetes environment

Follow your Kubernetes provider's instructions (other options available here). Ensure you meet minimum CPU, Memory and Storage requirements for the targeted PubSub+ Software Event Broker configuration size. Important: the broker resource requirements refer to available resources on a Kubernetes node.

Note: If using MiniKube, use minikube start with specifying the options --memory and --cpus to assign adequate resources to the MiniKube VM. The recommended memory is 1GB plus the minimum requirements of your event broker.

Also have the kubectl tool installed locally.

Check to ensure your Kubernetes environment is ready:

# This shall return worker nodes listed and ready
kubectl get nodes

2. Install and configure Helm

Follow the Helm Installation notes of your target release for your platform. Note: Helm v2 is no longer supported. For Helm v2 support refer to earlier versions of the chart.

On Linux a simple option to set up the latest stable release is to run:

curl | bash

Helm is configured properly if the command helm version returns no error.

3. Install the Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker with default configuration

  • Add the Solace Helm charts to your local Helm repo:
  helm repo add solacecharts

a) Create a Solace PubSub+ Software Event Broker deployment for development purposes using pubsubplus-dev. It requires a minimum of 1 CPU and 2 GB of memory available to the event broker pod.

# Deploy PubSub+ Software Event Broker Standard edition for developers
helm install my-release solacecharts/pubsubplus-dev

b) Create a Solace PubSub+ standalone deployment, supporting 100 connections scaling using pubsubplus. A minimum of 2 CPUs and 4 GB of memory must be available to the event broker pod.

# Deploy PubSub+ Software Event Broker Standard edition, standalone
helm install my-release solacecharts/pubsubplus

c) Create a Solace PubSub+ HA deployment, supporting 100 connections scaling using pubsubplus-ha. The minimum resource requirements are 2 CPU and 4 GB of memory available to each of the three event broker pods.

# Deploy PubSub+ Software Event Broker Standard edition, HA
helm install my-release solacecharts/pubsubplus-ha

The above options will start the deployment and write related information and notes to the screen.

Note: When using MiniKube, there is no integrated Load Balancer, which is the default service type. For a workaround, execute minikube service my-release-pubsubplus-ha to expose the services. Services will be accessible directly using the NodePort instead of direct Port access, for which the mapping can be obtained from kubectl describe service my-release-pubsubplus-ha.

Wait for the deployment to complete following the information printed on the console.

Refer to the detailed PubSub+ Kubernetes documentation for:


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