By WalkingTree September 30, 2020
Most managed Kubernetes services have been around for less than three years now, one offering was well ahead of the curve. Kubernetes was originally developed by Google, it’s no surprise that Google Kubernetes Engine predates its competitors. Its largest competitors, AKS and EKS, both launched in 2018, gave GKE a massive head-start that is still noticeable in the platform’s maturity and feature support.
Azure Kubernetes Service and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service were both released in 2018, at a similar time as most other cloud providers, meaning they both have had the same time to mature and gain features. Let’s take a look at the major difference between these 3 Kubernetes services.
Basis of Difference
|Kubernetes Versions||1.15, 1.16 – Default
1.17, 1.18 – Preview
|1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17 – Default||1.15 – Stable
1.16 – Default
1.17 – Rapid
|Bare metal node support||No||Yes||No|
|Automated control plane upgrades||No, in development||No||Yes|
|Integrated monitoring||Yes – Azure monitor||No, separate installation needed||Yes – Stackdriver|
|Serverless compute||Virtual nodes – Azure container instances||Fargate||Cloud run for Anthos|
|CLI support||Full||Third-party solutions available||Full|
By far the easiest to use and a feature-rich solution is the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). It offers a rich out-of-the-box experience that gives developers integrated logging and monitoring. AKS also provides a great out of the box experience with powerful development tools. On the other hand, EKS is the weakest Kubernetes offering in terms of feature support and ease of use. Read on to know more about these services.
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