Amazon EKS vs AWS Fargate: What are the differences?
Amazon EKS: Highly available and scalable Kubernetes service. Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install and operate your own Kubernetes clusters; AWS Fargate: Run Containers Without Managing Infrastructure. AWS Fargate is a technology for Amazon ECS and EKS* that allows you to run containers without having to manage servers or clusters. With AWS Fargate, you no longer have to provision, configure, and scale clusters of virtual machines to run containers.
Amazon EKS and AWS Fargate can be primarily classified as "Containers as a Service" tools.
Some of the features offered by Amazon EKS are:
- Managed Kubernetes Control Plane - Amazon EKS provides a scalable and highly-available control plane that runs across multiple AWS availability zones.
- Security and Networking - Amazon EKS makes it easy to provide security for your Kubernetes clusters, with advanced features and integrations to AWS services and technology partner solutions.
- Logging - Amazon EKS is integrated with Amazon CloudWatch Logs and AWS CloudTrail to provide visibility and audit history tracking of your cluster and user activity.
On the other hand, AWS Fargate provides the following key features:
- No clusters to manage
- seamless scaling
- integrated with Amazon ECS and EKS
Third Iron, MAK IT, and Even Financial are some of the popular companies that use AWS Fargate, whereas Amazon EKS is used by Moogsoft, Condé Nast, and Cuemby. AWS Fargate has a broader approval, being mentioned in 36 company stacks & 12 developers stacks; compared to Amazon EKS, which is listed in 25 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.
If you want to integrate your cluster and control end to end your pipeline with AWS tools like ECR and Code Pipeline your best option is ECS using a EC2 instance. There are pros and cons but it's easier to integrate using cloud formation templates and visual UI for approvals, etc. ECS is free, you need to pay only for the EC2 instance but unfortunately, it is not standard then you cannot use standard tools to see and manage your Kubernetes. EKS in the other hand uses standard Kubernates definitions but you need to pay for the service and also for the EC2 instance(s) you have in your cluster.
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