Posted On: Oct 13, 2020

Kubernetes is rapidly evolving, with frequent feature releases and bug fixes. Highlights of the Kubernetes 1.18 release include Topology Manager reaching beta status, a new beta of Server-side Apply, and a new IngressClass resource for the Ingress specification which makes it simpler to customize Ingress configuration. Additionally, you can now configure the behavior of horizontal pod autoscaling. Learn more about Kubernetes version 1.18 in the Kubernetes project release notes

Learn more about the Kubernetes versions available for production workloads on Amazon EKS and how to update your cluster to version 1.18 in the EKS documentation

A note on Kubernetes version 1.14 support:

Amazon EKS support mirrors the Kubernetes community by providing full support for at least the 4 most recent releases. Kubernetes 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, and 1.18 are all fully supported today, and new clusters can be started using any of these releases. However, given the Kubernetes quarterly release cycle, it is critical for all customers to have an ongoing upgrade plan.

Kubernetes version 1.14 will no longer be supported on December 8th, 2020. On this day, you will no longer be able to create new 1.14 clusters and all existing EKS clusters running Kubernetes version 1.14 will eventually be updated to the latest available platform version of Kubernetes version 1.15. 

We recommend customers upgrade existing 1.14 clusters and worker nodes to at least 1.15 as soon as practical. Learn more about the EKS version lifecycle policies in the documentation