Compatibility Guide for AKO


The Avi Vantage platform integrates with Kubernetes/OpenShift using the operator called Avi Kubernetes Operator (AKO). This document outlines the compatibility and features supported by AKO in different environments.

Support for Kubernetes/ Orchestrators

AKO version 1.10.4 support for Kubernetes and OpenShift are as follows:

AKO Release Versions Supported
Kubernetes Support Versions 1.22 - 1.27
OpenShift Support Versions 4.9 - 4.12

Support for Avi Ecosystems and CNI

AKO supports the following CNI:

  • Calico
  • Antrea
  • OpenShift SDN
  • Flannel
  • NCP
  • OVN-Kubernetes CNI in OpenShift
  • Cilium CNI in Kubernetes

NSX Advanced Load Balancer Controller Version Support for AKO

AKO Release(s) Controller Versions Supported
1.5 20.1.3 - 20.1.6
1.6 20.1.5 - 21.1.3
1.7.1 20.1.5 - 21.1.4
1.7.2 20.1.5 - 21.1.6
1.8 21.1.3 - 22.1.1 (AKO 1.8.1)
21.1.3 - 22.1.4 (AKO 1.8.2)
1.9.3 21.1.4 through 21.1.6
22.1.2, and 22.1.3
1.10 For 21.1.x: 21.1.5 and above
For 22.1.x: 22.1.3 and above

Tanzu Compatibility with AKO

Tanzu releases contain a prepackaged version of AKO with each release. When using this prepackaged version of AKO, see the Tanzu compatibility guide for the relevant version of Tanzu to confirm Avi Controller version compatibility.

When deploying AKO using Helm into Tanzu Kubernetes clusters, use the above compatibility table to verify compatibility between the desired AKO version, the Kubernetes version used in the cluster, and the Avi Controller version.

Support for Avi Editions

  • Avi Essentials: It is an entitlement to Tanzu Basic and Standard. AKO supports Avi Essentials and provides very limited L4 LB functionality and no autoscaling
  • Avi Basic: It is an entitlement to NSX-T and provides NSX-T Lb equivalent features. AKO is not yet qualified with Avi Basic and is not currently supported.
  • Avi Enterprise: It is the full-featured Avi edition and is supported by AKO.

Cloud Support

  • In ClusterIP Mode: GCP, Azure, vCenter
  • In Nodeport Mode: AWS

Managed Kubernetes Support

  • Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)
  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes(EKS)

Features Not Supported in AKO Release 1.10

AKO version 1.10.2 does not support the following:

  • OpenShift 3.x
  • Avi Proxy Annotations
  • Egress pod


  • AKO does not support ingresses which do not have either hostname or a path defined

Document Revision History

Date Change Summary
May 06, 2024 Published the Compatibility Guide for AKO version 1.10.4