By WalkingTree   September 30, 2020

Managed Kubernetes services compared GKE vs EKS vs AKS

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
AKS
EKS
GKE
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
Node auto-repair Yes 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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