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Clock Synchronization


Compliant Kubernetes is about to add clock synchronization with by default. This will be done according to best practices. To check progress, see this issue.

Clock synchronization is important for the following reasons:

  • Several Kubernetes components, in particular etcd, Rook/Ceph, do not work correctly if Nodes' clock drifts by more than 100ms;
  • Several data protection regulations require it.

Be aware of the following:

  • Some regulations require synchronization with at least two clock sources. This could be two different NTP servers which can be traced to two different atomic clocks.
  • Some regulations require synchronization with a specific time source. For example, MSBFS 2020:7 4 kap. 13 § specifically requires synchronization with