Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes

Highly available, scalable, and secure Kubernetes service

Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) makes it easy to deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications using Kubernetes on AWS.

Amazon EKS runs the Kubernetes management infrastructure for you across multiple AWS availability zones to eliminate a single point of failure. Amazon EKS is certified Kubernetes conformant so you can use existing tooling and plugins from partners and the Kubernetes community. Applications running on any standard Kubernetes environment are fully compatible and can be easily migrated to Amazon EKS.

Amazon EKS is generally available for all AWS customers.

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No Control Plane to Manage

Amazon EKS runs the Kubernetes management infrastructure across multiple AWS Availability Zones, automatically detects and replaces unhealthy control plane nodes, and provides on-demand upgrades and patching. You simply provision worker nodes and connect them to the provided Amazon EKS endpoint.

Secure by Default

Secure and encrypted communication channels are automatically setup between your worker nodes and the managed control plane, making your infrastructure running on Amazon EKS secure by default. 

Built with the Community

AWS actively works with the Kubernetes community, including making contributions to the Kubernetes code base that help Amazon EKS users take advantage of AWS services and features.

Conformant and Compatible

Amazon EKS runs upstream Kubernetes and is certified Kubernetes conformant, so applications managed by Amazon EKS are fully compatible with applications managed by any standard Kubernetes environment. 

How it works


Use Cases


Easily run microservices applications with deep integrations to AWS services, while getting access to the full suite of Kubernetes functionality and popular open source tooling.

Hybrid Container Deployments

Run highly available and scalable Kubernetes clusters on AWS while maintaining full compatibility with your Kubernetes deployments running anywhere else.

Batch Processing

The Kubernetes Jobs API lets you run sequential or parallel workloads on your Amazon EKS cluster. These workloads can be run on Amazon EC2 On-Demand Instances, Reserved Instances, or Spot Instances.

Application Migration

Easily containerize and migrate existing applications to Amazon EKS without needing to refactor your code or tooling.

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What's new

Introducing Amazon EKS
October 12, 2018

Amazon EKS Enables Support for Kubernetes Dynamic Admission Controllers

Amazon EKS now supports dynamic admission controllers, allowing customers to deploy custom webhooks that enable additional open source tools for controlling network traffic and monitoring Kubernetes clusters on AWS.

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September 21, 2018

Simplify Cluster Setup with update-kubeconfig CLI Command

The AWS command line interface (CLI) now allows you to create or update a kubeconfig file during Amazon EKS cluster creation with a single command.

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September 5, 2018

Amazon EKS Available in Ireland

Amazon EKS is now available in the AWS Europe (Ireland) Region.

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August 30, 2018

Horizontal Pod Autoscaling with Custom Metrics

The Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA) and Kubernetes Metrics Server are now supported by Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS). This makes it easy to scale your Kubernetes workloads managed by Amazon EKS in response to custom metrics.

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Blog posts & articles


Amazon EKS Now Generally Available

Amazon EKS fully manages the availability and scalability of the Kubernetes control plane for each cluster. With Amazon EKS, upgrades and high availability are managed for you by AWS.

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Exploring the Networking Foundation for EKS

Learn about how EKS leverages a new AWS Container Network Interface (amazon-vpc-cni-k8s) plug-in, together with Project Calico for enforcing network policies.

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