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Naming Conventions

The naming conventions for products are designed to increase consistency across documentation and between the development, staging and production deployments with the aim of increasing the usability of the build, test and deployment scripts.



Cluster, Workload and Service Names

GCP cluster names

The prefix development-, management-, staging- or production- is used with cluster to form the cluster name, e.g. staging-cluster.

Workload and Service/Ingress names

Workloads and services/ingress names generally follow the same pattern and are composed of two parts. The prefix is the lowercase product name abbreviation (e.g. cdc-, cvs-, dvs-, eqb-) or lowercase functional abbreviation (mgmt-, monitoring-). The main part is the name of the component (e.g. certbot, mailrelay, reverse, osmh-indexer).

So the pattern looks like this

  • Management tools: mgmt-$component_name (e.g. mgmt-certbot, monitoring-prometheus)

  • CDC: cdc-$component_name (e.g. cdc-osmh-indexer)

  • CVS: cvs-$component_name (e.g. cvs-reverse)

  • DVS: dvs-$component_name (e.g. dvs-mailrelay)

  • EQB: eqb-$component_name (e.g. eqb-frontend)


Namespaces are used to group the components of a product within a cluster, whist isolating them from components of other products. Namespaces are named for the product they contain, in the form of $product_name, e.g. cdc, cvs, dvs, eqb, mgmt, monitoring. So a cluster typically has multiple namespaces.


Clusters are named to reflect the various deployment environments. Simple names are used, using the template $environment-cluster. The cluster names chosen are:

  • development-cluster

  • staging-cluster

  • production-cluster

  • management-cluster

Storage / Persistent Volume Claims

Names of persistent volumes track the names of the tools that they serve using the template $product_name-$component_name-pvc.

Configuration / Secrets

Names of ConfigMaps and Secrets are of the form $product_name-$component_name-configmap and $product_name-$component_name-secret.


Subdomains are in the form of $ The subdomain is not the same as the $product_name, i.e. for the CESSDA Data Catalogue the subdomain is datacatalogue, whereas the $product_name is cdc.

For development and staging environments, the $subdomain has -dev or -staging appended (e.g. datacatalogue-dev).