Amazon Launches Managed Kubernetes Service

Mitch Wagner
12/4/2017

LAS VEGAS -- AWS re:Invent -- Amazon Web Services is going all-in on Kubernetes, launching Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) to take the hassle out of managing containers on AWS.

Amazon Web Services Inc. brags that it runs the majority of Kubernetes deployments, even though the company was late to endorsing the technology. Amazon only joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which coordinates Kubernetes development, in August. (See Amazon Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation: Why You Should Care.)

It was reasonable for AWS to resist Kubernetes, because Kubernetes was developed by AWS competitor Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), and because Kubernetes makes cloud workloads more portable, making it more easy for AWS customers to go elsewhere.

But now that Kubernetes is universal, it makes sense for AWS to embrace it. If people are going to use Kubernetes anyway, it makes sense for AWS to make sure it continues getting a piece of the action. And 63% of organizations running Kubernetes host those containers on AWS, according to a March study from CNCF.


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Still, those workloads had to be configured manually -- and that's where EKS comes in.

EKS allows users to automatically deploy Kubernetes masters across multiple Availability Zones to avoid single point of failure. Competitors only deploy Kubernetes containers to a single availability zone, which results in a single point of failure, AWS CEO Andy Jassy said in a Wednesday keynote at re:Invent.

AWS also introduced "Fargate," to allow users to run containers without having to manage servers and clusters, Jassy said. Users need to only specify CPU and memory, define the network, and upload the information to Fargate. Fargate deploys tasks, and automatically scales across multiple availability zones (AZs). "No servers, no clusters, no provisioning. It sets off all the surrounding infrastructure you need to run this thing -- totally hands off the wheel," Jassy asaid.

Fargate works with AWS's non-Kubernetes Elastic Container Services immediately, and with Kubernetes-based EKS next year, AWS says.

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Michelle
Michelle
12/31/2017 | 11:01:31 PM
Re: Easy to switch clouds...?
63% is high! Sounds like a solid plan from AWS. Hopefully, it'll all work as intended. 
kq4ym
kq4ym
12/12/2017 | 9:53:24 AM
Re: Easy to switch clouds...?
And interesting to note " 63% of organizations running Kubernetes host those containers on AWS," so it's not too surprising that they will launch ways to get even more business even though those customers could move elsewhere ironically because of Kubernetes.
mhhfive
mhhfive
12/6/2017 | 5:38:13 PM
Re: Easy to switch clouds...?
It will be interesting to see if that also means degrading service quality for multi-cloud management services to deter customers from using multi-cloud services. As net neutrality dies, we may see more underhanded tricks to prioritize some services over others.
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
12/5/2017 | 11:35:51 AM
Re: Easy to switch clouds...?
Amazon will certainly do everything it can to hang on to customers
mhhfive
mhhfive
12/4/2017 | 6:59:13 PM
Re: Easy to switch clouds...?
Heh. Exactly. I wonder how much Microsoft's and Amazon's open source strategies will differ. Perhaps only in marketing? MSFT will go after large enterprises first, and AMZN will go after startups and mid-sized companies... before trying to steal away larger enterprise customers who still have the "you never get fired by going with IBM" mindset. 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
12/4/2017 | 3:36:59 PM
Re: Easy to switch clouds...?
"Embrace and extend" worked for Microsoft. 
mhhfive
mhhfive
12/4/2017 | 12:44:31 PM
Easy to switch clouds...?
I assume Amazon will try to layer on various functions (or barriers) that make switching somewhat less desirable...? (Besides having one of the most reliable cloud platforms) If Amazon doesn't, I imagine some Kubernetes customers will try some hybrid solutions of using AWS plus other clouds to cut custs. 
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