Migrating from Flannel

Migrating to Cilium from another CNI is a very common task. But how do we minimize the impact during the migration? How do we ensure pods on the legacy CNI can still communicate to Cilium-managed during pods during the migration? How do we execute the migration safely, while avoiding a overly complex approach or using a separate tool such as Multus?

With the use of the new Cilium CRD CiliumNodeConfig, running clusters can be migrated on a node-by-node basis, without disrupting existing traffic or requiring a complete cluster outage or rebuild.

In this lab, you will migrate your cluster from an existing CNI to Cilium. While we use Flannel in this simple lab, you can leverage the same approach for other CNIs.

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Main steps in the lab

01🚀 The Lab Environment

Explore the lab's environment

02🗂️ Cluster Preparation

Let's prepare our cluster for the migration to Cilium.

03🚚 Migration

Let's migrate from Flannel to Cilium.

04🏢 Post-Migration

Let's perform these steps once the cluster is fully migrated.