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Managed Kubernetes Platforms Comparison: GKE vs AKS vs EKS

Kubernetes coordinates a highly available cluster of computers that are connected to work as a single unit. The abstractions in Kubernetes allow you to deploy containerized applications to a cluster without tying them specifically to individual machines.

The effort required to set up a single node cluster is different from running a customized multi-node/zone/multi-cloud HA cluster. When your enterprise is ready to scale up to more machines and higher availability in a short span, Managed Kubernetes platforms is the right choice to create and maintain enterprise clusters.

Here are some of the key advantages of going in for Managed Platforms:

  1. Automated Kubernetes version upgrades and patching
  2. Easy cluster scaling
  3. Self-healing hosted control plane (masters)
  4. Experts take care of ongoing operations management and support for the entire technology stack
  5. Manage and support the containers, cluster application services such as monitoring, logging, security, etc.,
  6. Multi-cloud portability
  7. Cost savings – pay only for running agent pool nodes

If you’re looking for quickstart on basic understanding of Kubernetes concepts, please refer earlier posts for understanding on Kubernetes & how to create, deploy & rollout updates to the cluster.

With this context now, let us check out a comparison of TOP 3 Managed Kubernetes Platforms.

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Managed Kubernetes Platforms Comparison: GKE vs AKS vs EKS

Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS)
Kubernetes conformantYesYesYes
Kubernetes versions1.141.141.14
Auto Upgrades of Master/Nodes to Kubernetes VersionsBoth Automatic/Manual Upgrades are possibleBoth Automatic/Manual Upgrades are possibleNot Clear
Auto ScaleYes, Cluster autoscalerYes, Cluster autoscalerYes, Cluster autoscaler
Auto RepairYesNot AvailableYes
Built-in dashboardYesNoNo
RBACYesYesYes
Security & ComplianceHIPAA and PCI DSS 3.1 compliant.SOC, ISO, and PCI DSSNot Available
Private Container RegistryYesYes, Azure Container Registry supportYes, Docker registry
Multi – Region/Zone DeploymentYesPartialPartial
Integrated Logging & MonitoringYes, StackdriverYes, Azure Log Analytics+ Azure MonitorYes, AWS CloudTrail
Docker Image SupportYesYesYes

 

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