If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Amazon EKS, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
We're not on the latest version. We are three or so versions back. However, we're almost on the latest version, which may be 1.19. The version's no longer an issue. For us, the issue was that Amazon started with the ECS, the Elastic Container Services. Therefore, while we were using Kubernetes and then Google Cloud, for example, for a while and we had developed all the tools when a client came to us and said they wanted to cluster within the Amazon development cluster. That was the ECS. After that, Amazon added the EKS. Our first deployment in Amazon was on our own deployment of the cluster, not on any services. We didn't want to use the ECS, we wanted to use a cluster. We wanted a managed version, so we don't have to manage it ourselves, due to the fact that it's a little bit of a mess if you manage it. I would advise new users to make sure that your cluster's secure. Make sure you're using a good networking configuration in your EKS. You need to get the NAT and the router going just on the subnet. You might have to pay for that. There are open-source tools to use, however, you can also pay for their monitoring. When you have a development pipeline, we suggest having multiple clusters, not just one. Then you can really isolate your production cluster and make it really secure and maybe relax a little bit for your DEV and then QA, as you might want to have more things in there. You just need to make sure you remove those tools from your production box. It's easier to have multiple clusters and really partition the cluster per environment, development, QA, testing environment, integration testing, whatever, and then you have your production environment, which is really kind of locked down so that nobody has access to it except specific people. In general, I would rate this solution at an eight out of ten.
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