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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.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 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,lets check out comparison of TOP 3 Managed Kubernetes Platforms

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 conformant Yes Yes Yes
Kubernetes versions 1.10 Not Clear 1.10
Auto Upgrades of Master/Nodes to Kubernetes Versions Both Automatic/Manual Upgrades are possible Both Automatic/Manual Upgrades are possible Not Clear
Auto Scale Yes,Cluster autoscaler Yes,Cluster autoscaler Yes,Cluster autoscaler
Auto Repair Yes Not Available Yes
Built-in dashboard Yes No No
RBAC Yes Yes Yes
Security & Compliance HIPAA and PCI DSS 3.1 compliant. SOC, ISO, and PCI DSS Not Available
Private Container Registry Yes Yes,Azure Container Registry support Yes,Docker registry
Multi – Region/Zone Deployment Yes Partial Partial
Integrated Logging & Monitoring Yes,Stackdriver Yes,Azure Log Analytics+ Azure Monitor Yes, AWS CloudTrail
Docker Image Support Yes Yes Yes

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