Posted On: Dec 20, 2023

Today, Amazon EKS announces the general availability of upgrade insights, a new feature that surfaces insights about issues that may impact your ability to successfully upgrade a cluster to newer versions of Kubernetes. Upgrade insights are built upon best practices learned by EKS over the course of managing hundreds of thousands of Kubernetes clusters. You can use the EKS APIs and Console to check for upgrade readiness issues detected in your environment at any time against all future Kubernetes versions supported by EKS.

Kubernetes is a fast-paced, evolving open source project with 3 releases per year, making upgrades a routine part of running Kubernetes clusters. EKS upgrade insights automatically scan clusters against a list of potential Kubernetes version upgrade impacting issues. EKS periodically updates the list of insight checks to perform, based on evaluations of changes in the Kubernetes project, as well as changes introduced in the EKS service along with new versions. EKS upgrade insights surface issues and provide remediation recommendations, accelerating the testing and verification process for upgrades to newer versions of Kubernetes.

Status of EKS upgrade insights can be viewed starting today for all EKS clusters in all AWS Regions, except the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, China (Beijing, operated by Sinnet) Region, and China (Ningxia, operated by NWCD) Region. To get started visit the EKS documentation. To learn more about the feature, see the launch blog.