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AWS moves Amazon EKS to general availability in managed Kubernetes push

June 06, 2018 / James Bourne

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon EKS, its managed Kubernetes service – putting it alongside rivals Microsoft and Google in this regard. EKS, which was announced at AWS re:Invent back in November, is now operational in US East and US West regions, with further expansion happening ‘very soon’, according to the company. The move puts AWS alongside Microsoft and Google in terms of managed Kubernetes. Naturally, given Google originally designed the container orchestration system, there are no prizes for guessing that the latter has various solutions in place. Microsoft announced AKS (Azure Container Service) in October last year as a managed Kubernetes service, building upon the technology’s move to standardisation. “Prior to Amazon EKS, customers either had to do considerable work to architect a highly fault-tolerant way to run Kubernetes, or just accept a lack of resiliency,” said Deepak Singh, director of AWS Compute Services. “With the launch of Amazon EKS, customers no longer have to live with either of those trade-offs, and they get a highly available, fault-tolerant, managed Kubernetes service. It’s no wonder so many of our customers are excited.” Moving EKS to general availability does not mean AWS is struggling for customers in the meantime, however. A total of 25 companies were noted as being adopters of EKS in the press materials. One, GoDaddy, will be familiar to readers of this publication; the company specifically cited an active interest in containerised apps when they went all-in on AWS back in March.