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At this point, the developer is ready to request a workspace within the host Kubernetes cluster. To get access to the environment, note that the developer

  • Does not need to have any knowledge of Terraform or other IaC frameworks
  • Does not need access to privileged credentials
  • Does not need any help from the Platform team to deploy their environment


Ensure that the developer is assigned to a group that has the "Environment Template User role" in the project. This will provide the developer the ability to create the new workspace environment via self-service.

Request Workspace

When a developer requests a workspace, based on Kubernetes, a series of steps are automatically performed to fulfil the request. The sequence diagram below describes the high level steps.


Although the recommended workflow assumes and recommends using an Integration with an Identity Provider (IdP) to provide a Single Sign On (SSO) experience, organizations can also use locally managed users.

    participant dev as Developer
    participant rafay as Rafay Platform
    participant csp as K8s Cluster
    participant idp as Identity Provider 

    dev->>rafay: Login (Opt. SSO)
    dev->>rafay: New Environment 
    rect rgba(0, 0, 255, .1)
    rafay-->>csp: Create workspace w/ Resource Quota  
    opt SSO via Identity Provider
        rafay-->>idp: Create Group for workspace 
        rafay-->>idp: Add developer to Group 
    rafay->>rafay: Create Group in Rafay
    rafay->>rafay: Add Workspace Admin <br>RBAC to Group
    dev-->>app: Developer uses workspace


Once the developer logs into the Rafay Org after the the environment is created (SSO using Identity Provider recommended), they will automatically have access to their specific Workspaces they have been authorized to use. The necessary RBAC to the assigned workspace is orchestrated automatically by Rafay Kubernetes Manager.

Step 1: Deploy Environment

The developer can now deploy the environment. Environment Manager will automatically create a workspace on the shared host cluster, configure the workspace with the specified policies and assign the proper RBAC to allow the developer with the privileges to manage resources in the newly created workspace resources.

  • Developer logs in and navigates to the project
  • Navigate to Environments -> Environments
  • Click Launch on the Workspace as a Service card


  • Enter a name for the environment
  • Select the appropriate CPU and Memory requests for the workspace

Optionally, you can add a collaborator to the environment resources. This user will have the same permissions as the requesting user of the environment.

To add a collaborator:

  • Click Show optional parameters
  • Click Add Optional Parameter
  • Select collaborator for the parameter
  • Enter the collaborator's email address for the value
  • Click Save & Deploy


The environment will begin to deploy. This step can take ~2 minutes to complete.

Once complete, you will see the name of the newly created workspace/project in the Results section of the page


Step 2: Use Workspace

Once the environment has finished deploying, the developer can use the newly deployed workspace. They can deploy and operate containerized applications to the newly created workspace. The typical steps are as follows

  • Build a container image
  • Upload the container image to a container registry (e.g. ECR or DockerHub)
  • Create Kubernetes YAML for the container image
  • Deploy the application to the workspace using either Kubectl or Helm or Rafay workloads.

Access Workspace

Developers can optionally use the steps below to access the workspace that is created for them.

  • Log into the controller
  • Navigate to Infrastructure -> Clusters
  • Click KUBECTL on the cluster card to access the workspace


In summary, with Rafay, developers can now develop, deploy and validate their applications on a shared cluster within a dedicated workspace that was provisioned for them in a "self-service" manner.