The Koperator installs Cruise Control (CC) to oversee your Kafka cluster. When you change the cluster (for example, add new nodes), the Koperator engages CC to perform a rebalancing if needed. How and when CC performs rebalancing depends on its settings (see goal settings in the official CC documentation) and on how long CC was trained with Kafka’s behavior (this may take weeks).
You can also trigger rebalancing manually from the CC UI:
kubectl port-forward -n kafka svc/kafka-cruisecontrol-svc 8090:8090
Cruise Control UI will be available at http://localhost:8090.
Headless service 🔗︎
When the headlessServiceEnabled option is enabled (true) in your KafkaCluster CR, it creates a headless service for accessing the kafka cluster from within the Kubernetes cluster.
When the headlessServiceEnabled option is disabled (false), it creates a ClusterIP service. When using a ClusterIP service, your client application doesn’t need to be aware of every Kafka broker endpoint, it simply connects to kafka-all-broker:29092 which covers dynamically all the available brokers. That way if the Kafka cluster is scaled dynamically, there is no need to reconfigure the client applications.