Create a BYOC Cluster on GCP

To create a Redpanda cluster in your virtual private cloud (VPC), log in to the Redpanda Cloud UI and create a namespace, then follow the steps to create a Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) cluster.

With standard BYOC clusters, Redpanda manages security policies and resources for your VPC, including subnetworks, service accounts, IAM roles, firewall rules, and storage buckets. For the most security, you can manage these resources yourself with a customer-managed VPC on GCP.

Create a namespace

  1. Go to Redpanda Cloud and click Log in.

  2. Enter your organization name, and click Continue.

  3. Click Add namespace.

    Namespaces help you organize clusters by owner, team, or project for example.

  4. Enter a name for your namespace, and click Create.

Create a BYOC cluster

  1. On the Home page, select your namespace (namespaces are listed in alphabetical order), and click Create cluster.

  2. Click Create BYOC cluster.

    Enter a cluster name, and select the provider (GCP), region, availability zone type (single AZ or multi AZ) and zones, throughput tier, and Redpanda version.

    • If you plan to create a private network in your own VPC, select the region where your VPC is located.

    • Three availability zones provide two backups in case one availability zone goes down.

  3. Click Next.

  4. On the Network page, enter the connection type: either Public or Private. For BYOC clusters, Private is best-practice.

    • Your network name is used in the Redpanda UI to identify this network.

    • For a CIDR range, choose one that does not overlap with your existing VPCs or your Redpanda network.

  5. Click Next.

  6. On the Deploy page, you need to prepare your environment, then log in to Redpanda Cloud and deploy the agent.

Note that rpk configures the permissions required by the agent to provision and actively maintain the cluster. For details about these permissions, see GCP IAM permissions.