(Outdated) Needs updating - Desgin docs for CLI

LambdaStack CLI design document

Affected version: 0.2.1


Provide a simple to use CLI program that will:

  1. provide input validation (cmd arguments and data file)
  2. maintain LambdaStack cluster state (json file, binary, tbd)
  3. allow to create empty project (via command-line and data file)
  4. maintain information about LambdaStack version used on each machine (unique identifier generation?)
  5. allow to add/remove resources via data file.
    • separate infrastructure data files from configuration
    • internal file with default values will be created
  6. allow to add resources via command-line (networks, vpn, servers, roles, etc.)
  7. allow all messages from cli to be convertible to json/yaml (like -o yaml, -o json)
  8. plugable storage/vault for LambdaStack state and Terraform state

Use cases

CLI deployments/management usage

Create empty cluster:

> LambdaStack create cluster --name='lambdastack-first-cluster'

Add resources to cluster:

> LambdaStack add machine --create --azure --size='Standard_DS2_v2' --name='master-vm-hostname'
> LambdaStack add master -vm 'master-vm-hostname'
> ...

Read information about cluster:

> LambdaStack get cluster-info --name='lambdastack-first-cluster'

CLI arguments should override default values which will be provided almost for every aspect of the cluster.

Data driven deployments/management usage - Configuration and Infrastructure definition separation

While CLI usage will be good for ad-hoc operations, production environments should be created using data files.

Data required for creating infrastructure (like network, vm, disk creation) should be separated from configuration (Kubernetes, Kafka, etc.).

Each data file should include following header:

kind: configuration/component-name # configuration/kubernetes, configuration/kafka, configuration/monitoring, ...
version: X.Y.Z
title: my-component-configuration
    # ...

Many configuration files will be handled using --- document separator. Like:

kind: configuration/kubernetes
# ...
kind: configuration/kafka
# ...

Creating infrastructure will be similar but it will use another file kinds. It should look like:

kind: infrastructure/server
version: X.Y.Z
title: my-server-infra-specification
    # ...

One format to rule them all

Same as many configurations can be enclosed in one file with --- separator, configuration and infrastructure yamls should also be treated in that way.


kind: configuration/kubernetes
# ...
kind: configuration/kafka
# ...
kind: infrastructure/server

Proposed design - Big Picture

LambdaStack engine architecture proposal


LambdaStack engine console application will be able to handle configuration files and/or commands.

Commands and data files will be merged with default values into a model that from now on will be used for configuration. If data file (or command argument) will contain some values, those values should override defaults.


Data file based on which the infrastructure will be created. Here user can define VMs, networks, disks, etc. or just specify a few required values and defaults will be used for the rest. Some of the values - like machine IPs (and probably some more) will have to be determined at runtime.


Data file for cluster components (e.g. Kubernetes/Kafka/Prometheus configuration). Some of the values will have to be retrieved from the Infrastructure config.


The state will be a result of platform creation (aka build). It should be stored in configured location (storage, vault, directory). State will contain all documents that took part in platform creation.