Is that possible to define an ingress (ingresses.networking.k8s.io) forwarding requests to a concrete static IP-address in a private network?

I have a service that isn't running on a K8S cluster, but it resides in a private network, and all K8S pods have access to this network. There are many auxiliary services in this network, I don't want to deploy these services in a K8S cluster due to certain reasons. And I'd like to have some of these services exposed via ingress-nginx, but at this time I don't see a way to define the backend as a static IP-address.

Is that possible?


  • Hi! So you wan to use an external service as Ingress backend? I need to know if I understand you correctly. – Wytrzymały Wiktor Aug 14 '19 at 11:32
  • Thanks for your interest, @OhHiMark. It's not fully "external", it's an auxiliary service that runs as a "pet" in an internal network. All the pods in the K8S clusters could reach this network and communicate with this service. Of course, I can assign a public IP-address to this service and the pods could reach it via the Internet, but I'd like to avoid assigning a public IP-address and would like to make it reachable via ingress. – Volodymyr Melnyk Aug 14 '19 at 11:41
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    Could you please see this and let me know if something like that fits you? – Wytrzymały Wiktor Aug 14 '19 at 12:01
  • Yes, absolutely! I forgot about endpoints, I should use them in this scheme. Thank you very much! – Volodymyr Melnyk Aug 14 '19 at 15:02
  • Great! I will post this as an answer in a few moments. Please accept it so the others could also benefit from it. – Wytrzymały Wiktor Aug 16 '19 at 7:21

You can use external service as Ingress backend.

You can introduce any external IP address as a Kubernetes service by creating a matching Service and Endpoint object. Then you can use this service as a backend for your Ingress rules.

More details can be found here.

  • Thank you very much, friend, I shouldn't have forgotten about Endpoints! – Volodymyr Melnyk Aug 20 '19 at 12:54
  • Thank you, i have searched far and wide, did not realise you must create a service with external IP, and knew nothing about endpoints! – Vladimir Akopyan Nov 27 '19 at 3:23

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