Amazon EKS Anywhere launches into general availability

Amazon Web Services Inc. today announced that its Amazon EKS Anywhere service is generally available now.

The service is an extension of the Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service, which is a managed offering that makes it possible to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install, operate and maintain a Kubernetes control plane or nodes.

With Amazon EKS Anywhere, customers can now create and run Kubernetes clusters on-premises using VMware Inc.’s vSphere. It comes with an installable software package to create and operate Kubernetes, plus automation tools for cluster lifecycle support.

Kubernetes is an open-source container orchestration platform that’s used to automate application deployment, scaling and management. Containers are used to package code in a way that makes it possible for apps to run reliably in different computing environments.

Amazon announced EKS Anywhere during December’s AWS re:Invent, saying the service aims to reduce the complexity of buying or building management tooling to create Kubernetes clusters, configure the operating environment and update software. It’s similar to services such as Google LLC’s Anthos or Microsoft Corp.’s Azure Arc, providing companies with a single tool to manage their application containers across different clouds and on-premises data centers.

Analysts said at the time it was first announced that Amazon EKS Anywhere is a hybrid cloud play by Amazon.

“[Companies] still have a lot of … containers that [they] need to run on-premises as [they’re] making this transition to the cloud,” former AWS Chief Executive and now Amazon.com Inc. CEO Andy Jassy said in December. “[They] really want to have the same management and deployment mechanisms that they have in AWS on-premises — customers have asked us to work on this.”

Users can access the Amazon EKS console to view their Kubernetes clusters and integrate the service with additional cloud products and services. It can also integrate with third-party networking and security tools.

“Amazon EKS Anywhere [enables customers to] leverage EKS features with their on-premise infrastructure and accelerate adoption with partner integrations, managed add-ons, and curated open source tools,” AWS Principal Developer Advocate Channy Yun said in a blog post.

The company said Amazon EKS Anywhere can be accessed in all regions where Amazon EKS is available.

Also today, Amazon also announced a public preview of Amazon EKS Connector, which is a tool that enables customers to connect any Kubernetes clusters to the EKS console. It supports self-managed clusters on Amazon EC2, EKS Anywhere clusters running on-premises, plus clusters that run outside of AWS, on the Amazon EKS console. Amazon EKS Connector is also available now in the same regions as Amazon EKS.

“Enterprise executives want to exploit Kubernetes to run their next-generation applications not only in the cloud but also on-premises,” said analyst Holger Mueller of Constellation Research Inc. “So that explains why cloud vendors like Amazon are providing new offerings to tackle that scenario. Amazon EKS Anywhere gives customers exactly what they want. Interesting, the launch of this service also makes Amazon a software provider for the first time, as it’s the company’s first offering customers need to implement themselves.”

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