EKS Anywhere, extending the Hybrid cloud momentum

Ambar Hassani
3 min readApr 7, 2022

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The code repository for the entire saga series can be located on thecloudgarage/eks-anywhere (github.com). The repository consists of various advanced automation that further enhance the EKS-Anywhere deployments, various use-cases, etc.

In this ongoing multi-part series, we will walk through a comprehensive list of architectural and implementation related guidance for EKS Anywhere. Intent is to keep the series going on., and as of now… this is what I have for treats! You can follow these URLs in a sequence or individually.

EKS Anywhere basics and cluster architectures

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EKS Anywhere & OIDC based Single Sign On

EKS Anywhere and Networking

EKS Anywhere and Persistent Storage

EKS Anywhere and dashboards, consoles

Advanced use-cases

A bit of Context never harms

Kubernetes has come a long way since it’s inception and has become the ubiquitous choice for modern cloud native architectures. In that stride, it has also become the perfect abstraction kit delivering hybrid cloud use-cases across the enterprise whether it’s newer api-led microservices architectures, containerized legacy applications that need to be sustained and the growing need for running data services in containers.

EKS is probably one of the most adopted and fastest growing Kubernetes service out there. In that spirit, AWS has extended the exact same Kubernetes distribution to run as a set of Open Source tool chain (EKS Anywhere) for on-premises deployments on vSphere. EKS Anywhere from AWS joins the ranks of many other providers of k8s distributions and platforms that are already invested in harnessing the potential of Kubernetes on premises, co-located and edge locations

What I personally like about EKS Anywhere

Practically free (except the support costs- optional). Open-source all the way., but delivered with the ease & robustness of enterprise expectations around security. Great alignment with cloud-native development & operations focus, a fast & developing ecosystem of overlay partner solutions that customers have come to experience over the years with EKS.

And lastly, the convenience & parity of running the exact same EKS core on-premises without worrying about the unpredictability of cloud costs and bill-shocks!!!

Recently, DellEMC has announced three major platforms validated with EKS Anywhere. Read more:

  1. VxRail: A Match Made On-premises: Dell Technologies and AWS EKS Anywhere — Dell Technologies
  2. PowerFlex: PowerFlex and Amazon: Destination EKS Anywhere | Dell Technologies Info Hub
  3. PowerStore-X: Exploring Amazon EKS Anywhere on PowerStore X — Part I | Dell Technologies Info Hub

That’s it for introductions., head over to individual sections provided at the start of this article for comprehensive reads & implement details.

cheers

Ambar@thecloudgarage

#iwork4dell

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Ambar Hassani

24+ years of blended experience of technology & people leadership, startup management and disruptive acceleration/adoption of next-gen technologies