Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Vs Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Vs Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

Considered one of the fastest-growing open-source software projects in computing history, managed Kubernetes have made their mark in cloud space arena. Depending on the vendor, “managed” can refer to anything from full time hosting and operations to dedicated support and hosting with pre-configured environments. While the managed Kubernetes services started gaining traction back in 2014, it has been extending its wings at a rapid pace in recent years.

Today, several industries are planning their self-managed Kubernetes clusters to expand their cloud infrastructure. A recent survey by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) revealed that K8s, also known as Kubernetes, are used by 91% of respondents in 2020. According to industry experts, 50% of organizations have already acquired Kubernetes in 2021.

Talking about the current market scenario, cloud vendors like Amazon and Microsoft have already been reporting double digits growth with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

These managed Kubernetes services help clients, run and orchestrate their containerized workloads without paying heed to the ins and outs of YAML configuration files or bothering about autoscaling, and cluster management.

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Before digging deep into the major differences between Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and Azure Kubernetes Service, let’s know about the similarities first. Both EKS and AKS can run 100 clusters in each region. Nodes are distributed across node pools and each node pool can run 100 nodes.

Also, EKS provides integration with Amazon’s serverless container platform called Fargate. Similar to the Virtual Node feature in AKS, this allows running pods as container instances instead of full VMs.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Vs Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Vs Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

Detail Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
Overview Azure AKS is a Microsoft product for hosting Kubernetes. It was made available to users in 2018. AKS also supports Apache Mesos and Docker Swarm along with Kubernetes Amazon EKS was officially announced in June 2018. The American tech giant suggested users to implement its cluster orchestrator platform
Functionality AKS can easily deploy and manage its application with a completely managed Kubernetes service. It has one of the most significant offerings in the industry, providing serverless Kubernetes called Virtual nodes, which give many advantages to the rich and consistent API services by Kubernete EKS uses Kubernetes to run the application on AWS to provide greater benefits in terms of not needing to install, maintain, and operate Kubernetes nodes. It automatically scales and manages the containerized application on AWS
Automatic Upgrades The Microsoft product is not a fully automatic solution; it has a semi-manual process to upgrade its components to the latest versions. A fully automatic solution is in the development stage The amazon product doesn’t allow automatic upgrades. Users have to manage manually to control workers nodes and control panel every time
Price Azure services don’t charge anything as it is a free container service. However, you have to pay for virtual machines, associated storage and consumed networking resources EKS charges 10 cents for every 1 hour on the control panel. It’s a low price when compared to other services. AWS is the most popular and widely used around the world to manage Kubernetes services
CLI Support Yes Yes
Operating System Linux: Ubuntu

Windows: Windows server 2019

Linux: Amazon Linux, Amazon Machina Image (AMI), Bottlerocket OS, Bring-Your-Own-OS, Ubuntu

Windows: Windows server 2019

CNCF Kubernetes conformances Yes Yes
Nodes Auto repair is available for nodes in AKS It supports bare metal nodes
Quota Limit Azure permits 1000 nodes per cluster Amazon permits 3000 nodes per cluster
Resource Monitoring AKS monitors for application insights and containers Third-party only
Container Run Time Containerd is the default run time for AKS. It supports node pools and the creation of clusters Docker
Container Networking It has Azure CNI It has Amazon VPC CNI
Security Azure manages encryption keys for users Encryptions keys are customizable in Amazon
Availability According to service level agreements (SLAs), EKS commits to provide 99.5% uptime According to service level agreements (SLAs), AKS commits to provide 99.95% uptime

In a nutshell


AKS and EKS are champs when it comes to Kubernetes execution. While both the programs are robust, AKS possesses an edge over its counterpart as AKS is relatively much more cost-effective. This is a massive advantage as money is a vital aspect for all. This is the primary reason as to why Effiniti strong-arms its clients with AKS and propels their productivity to new heights.

So, reach out to Effiniti and walk away with a solution which shall unlock your potential.

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