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I have a simple Django application and on a regular EC2 instance nginx is a reverse proxy serving static files and proxying requests to gunicorn/wsgi backend app.

Should I have a separate deployment and service for nginx which will be able to access static data on a volume to serve it as well as proxy requests to django pods or

Is it possible to configure ingress to serve static data without extra nginx deployment?

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You can't configure your Ingress to serve static data (from your host files for example) alone because the Ingress resource is just a way to configure a way of understanding for Kubernetes on how to access a specific internal resource from outside the cluster.

An API object that manages external access to the services in a cluster, typically HTTP. Ingress may provide load balancing, SSL termination and name-based virtual hosting. -- Ingress | Kubernetes - https://kubernetes.io/docs/concepts/services-networking/ingress/

You must configure a web server (NGINX, Apache, etc.) with a mounted volume bound to your files. You'll also need a Service resource to publish the web server access internally. Then the Ingress resource will do the work.

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