Installing the Platform on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

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This guide outlines the required steps for installing (deploying) an instance of the MLOps Platform ("the platform") to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). When you complete the procedure, you'll have a platform instance running under your GCP account. Install the platform with the Provazio installer, with your GCP credentials.

  • Provisioning of the servers is handled automatically by the platform installer (Provazio).
    Don't attempt to provision the servers manually prior to the deployment.

  • The data-node instances include Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD-based instance storage, which is optimized for low latency, very high random I/O performance, and high sequential read throughput. The data doesn't persist on the NVMe if the instance is stopped.
    Don't attempt to shut down any of the data nodes, as it will erase the data.


Before you begin, ensure that you have the following:

  • A Provazio API key and a Provazio vault URL, received from Iguazio.
  • Iguazio Platform version provided by Iguazio Support (for example, 3.5.5-nnnnn ).
  • Administrative access to a GCP account.
  • A machine running Docker.
  • Access to the internet, or a preloaded Provazio Docker image (, received from Iguazio as an image archive (provazio-latest.tar.gz).
  • The Kubernetes Engine in your GCP account is enabled.

Deployment Steps

To deploy an instance of the platform to an AWS cloud, execute the following steps.

Step 1: Create a Service Account | Step 2: Configure the installation environment | Step 3: Run the platform installer | Step 4: Access the installer dashboard | Step 5: Choose the AWS scenario | Step 6: Configure general parameters | Step 7: Configure cluster parameters | Step 8: Configure cloud parameters | Step 9: Review the settings | Step 10: Wait for completion

Step 1: Create a Service Account

Follow the Creating a GCP Service Account guide to create a service account with the required credentials for performing the installation.

Step 2: Configure the Installation Environment

Create a /tmp/env.yaml configuration file with the following environment information. Replace the <...> placeholders with the information for your environment:

        - <GCP Region>
      project_name: <Full Project Name>
      zone: <Zone>
      application_credentials: |
        <JSON Key File Content>
    api_key: <Provazio API Key>
    url: <Provazio vault URL>
  whitelisted_services: ["*"]
GCP Region
The GCP region, for example, "us-east1".
Full Project Name
The full project name that the platform will be deployed in.
GCP zone , for example, "us-east1-b".
JSON Key File Content
The JSON key that was saved in Creating a GCP Service Account.
Provazio API Key
A Provazio API key, received from Iguazio (see the installation prerequisites).
Provazio Vault URL
A Provazio vault URL, received from Iguazio (see the installation prerequisites).

Step 3: Run the Platform Installer

Run the platform installer, Provazio, by entering the following command from a command-line shell:

docker pull && docker run --rm --name provazio-dashboard \
    -v /tmp/env.yaml:/tmp/env.yaml \
    -e PROVAZIO_ENV_SPEC_PATH=/tmp/env.yaml \
    -p 8060:8060 \

Step 4: Access the Installer Dashboard

In a web browser, browse to localhost:8060 to view the Provazio dashboard.

Installer-UI home page

Select the plus-sign icon (+) to create a new system.

Step 5: Choose the GCP Scenario

In the Installation Scenario page, check GCP, and then click Next.

Choose scenario

Step 6: Configure General Parameters

On the General page, fill in the configuration parameters, and then click Next.

General settings

System Name

A platform name (ID) of your choice (for example, "my-platform-0"). The installer prepends this value to the value of the System Domain parameter to create the full platform domain.

  • Valid Values: A string of 1–12 characters; can contain lowercase letters (a–z) and hyphens (-); must begin with a lowercase letter.
  • Default Value: A randomly generated lowercase string.
A free-text string that describes the platform instance.
System Version
The platform version. Insert the release build number that you received from Iguazio (for example, "3.0_b51_20210308021033").
Owner Full Name
An owner-name string, containing the full name of the platform owner, for bookkeeping.
Owner Email
An owner-email string, containing the email address of the platform owner, for bookkeeping.

The username of a platform user to be created by the installation. This username will be used together with the configured password to log into the platform dashboard. You can add additional users after the platform is provisioned.

User Password

A platform password for the user generated by the installation — to be used with the configured username to log into platform dashboard; see the password restrictions. You can change this password after the platform is provisioned.

The region in which to install the platform.
System Domain

A custom platform domain (for example, ""). The installer prepends the value of the System Name parameter to this value to create the full platform domain.

Allocate Public IP Addresses
Check this option to allocate public IP addresses to all of the platform nodes.

Step 7: Configure Cluster Parameters

Common Parameters (Data and Application Clusters)

The following parameters are set for both the data and application clusters. Node references in the parameter descriptions apply to the platform's data nodes for the data cluster and application nodes for the application cluster (GKE).

Data-Cluster Parameters

On the Data Cluster page, fill in the configuration parameters, and then select Next. For additional information and guidelines, see the GCP resource-calculation guide.

Data cluster settings

# of Nodes
The number of nodes to allocate for the cluster.
Node Size
The instance type, which determines the size of the clusters' nodes.
Root Block Device Size
The size of the OS disk.

Application-Cluster Parameters

On the App Cluster page, fill in the configuration parameters, and then select Next. For additional information and guidelines, see the GCP resource-calculation guide guide.

Application cluster settings

Kubernetes Kind
Leave this set to New GKE Cluster.
GKE Master Version
The Kubernetes version that GCP is currently using by default to provision a GKE cluster. For instruction on how to get the current version, see the GKE page that describes checking versions.
Location Type

One of:

  • Zonal: Resources that are hosted in a zone are called per-zone resources. Zone-specific resources, or per-zone resources, are unique to that zone and are only usable by other resources in the same zone.
  • Regional: Regional resources are accessible by any resources within the same region. See more details in GKE Regional clusters
Root Block Device Size
The size of the OS disk.
Node Groups

The installer predefines a node group named, by default, "initial". You can configure the following parameters:

  • Name—the name of the node group
  • Lifecycle—the lifecycle of the node group:
    • On Demand—recommended for applications with workloads that cannot be interrupted
    • Spot—cost-effective instances that are flexible about when applications are run and if they can be interrupted. When creating Spot lifecycle type node groups, you need to configure the parameters for each node in the group.
  • # of instances—the number of node instances in the group
  • Min. # of instances—the minimum number node instances in the group when the group scales down
  • Max. # of instances—the maximum number node instances in the group when the group scales up
  • # of GPUs—the number of GPUs to be used in the group
  • Custom Labels—user defined labels for the resources in the group
  • Custom Tags—user defined tags for the resources in the group
  • Size—the desired size of the node group
Limit Services to Initial Node-Group
Select this if you want all services that are running on the app cluster to be assigned to the initial node group.
Use Loadbalancer
Select if you want to use load balancing.
Use System Registry URL (Optional)

Specify the GCR URL to store the container images used for installation of your system (mlrun api image, nuclio dashboard image, v3io image, flex-fuse image, etc.). This is useful if you need to store your system images on your own registry. You must ensure that the Kubernetes is deployed with a role that allows it to read/write to the specified registry.

Type in the registry URL, and select the Name Scheme from the drop-down list.

If not specified, managed Kubernetes deployments use the Iguazio default container registry:

Use Custom User Docker Registry
The User Registry stores the user container images, for example, Nuclio container image, MLRun run function image. Operational clusters require a Custom User Docker Registry (that you provide). You can connect to it by specifying the URL and credentials either during installation, or post-installation. See more details in Docker Registry.

Step 8: Configure Cloud Parameters

On the Cloud page, fill in the configuration parameters, and then click Next. These parameters are relevant for new and existing VPC mode. There are additional parameters for New VPC mode and Existing VPC mode modes.

Existing VPC

If using private IPs:

  • Configure the cloud NAT that is attached to the VPC on which the cluster will be deployed.
  • Configure the master IPv4, as required by the GCP/GKE, for example Each subnet must be different than the subnet that is used by the resources in the VPC (cluster).
  • IP Aliasing: When checked, it ensures a VPC-native cluster whose traffic is routed between pods using a VPC network, and that is able to route to other VPCs across network peerings.

If using public IPs:

  • To make the cluster unavailable from the outside world, check the Restrict Global Access checkbox.
  • You must use a load balancer when using public IPs.
Project Name
The full name of your GCP Project.
Region Name
The GCP region, for example, "us-east1".
Zone Name
GCP zone, for example, "us-east1-b".
VPC mode

The cloud configuration configures the platform's virtual private cloud (VPC) networking. You can select between two alternative VPC modes:

  • New — Create a new VPC and install the platform in this VPC.
  • Existing — Install the platform in an existing VPC.
Master IPv4 CIDR
This is a subnet used internally by GKE. It must be different than the CIDR that is used for the cluster resources. This parameter appears only when the GKE is a private cluster.
Whitelisted CIDRs
A list of classless inter-domain routing (CIDR) addresses to be granted access to the platform's service port (for example, ""). This parameter is typically relevant when the platform has public IP addresses. For a platform without public IP addresses, you can leave this parameter empty, assuming you have access to the VPC from your network.
Installer CIDR
The CIDR of the machine on which you're running the platform installer (for example, "").
Allow Access from Iguazio Support

Check this option to allow Iguazio's support team to access the platform nodes from the Iguazio network This parameter is applicable only when the platform has public IP addresses (see the Allocate Public IP Addresses general-configuration parameter).

Restrict Global Access
Check this option to restrict access to the web service (HTTP and HTTPS only) to only the IPs listed in Whitelisted CIDRs (does not open over port 443,80). Access to the server is load-balanced.

New-VPC Configuration


The following parameters are applicable only to the New VPC mode:

The CIDR of the VPC.
Subnet CIDRs
The CIDRs of the VPC's subnets. The number of CIDRs translates to the number of subnets.

Existing-VPC Configuration


The following parameters are applicable only to the Existing VPC mode:

The ID of the VPC in which to install the platform.
Subnet IDs
The IDs of the subnets within the VPC or of a subset of these subnets.

Step 9: Review the Settings

On the Review page, review and verify your configuration; go back and make edits, as needed; and then select Create to provision a new instance of the platform.


Step 10: Wait for Completion

It typically takes around 30–40 minutes to provision a new platform instance, regardless of the cluster sizes. You can download the provisioning logs, at any stage, by selecting Download logs from the instance's action menu.

Download logs

You can also follow the installation progress by tracking the Provazio Docker container logs.

When the installation completes, you should have a running instance of the platform in your cloud. You can use the Provazio dashboard to view the installed nodes. Then, proceed to the post-deployment steps.

Post-Deployment Steps

When the deployment completes, follow the post-deployment steps.

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