reference deployment

Rancher for Amazon EKS

Addresses operational and security challenges for multiple Kubernetes clusters

Rancher is a software stack for teams that want to adopt containers. It addresses the operational and security challenges of managing multiple Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) clusters while providing DevOps teams with integrated tools for running containerized workloads.

AWS customers can deploy Rancher into a new VPC and new Amazon EKS cluster, an existing VPC and new EKS cluster, or an existing VPC and existing EKS cluster.

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This Quick Start was developed by Rancher in partnership with AWS. Rancher is an AWS Partner.

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • Use this Quick Start to automatically set up the following environment on AWS. Note that this module is based on the Modular and Scalable Amazon EKS Architecture Quick Start.

    • A highly available architecture that spans three Availability Zones.*
    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets, according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS.*
    • In the public subnets:
      • Managed network address translation (NAT) gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources.*
      • Linux bastion hosts in an Auto Scaling group to allow inbound Secure Shell (SSH) access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in public and private subnets.*
    • In the private subnets:
      • Kubernetes nodes in an Auto Scaling group.*
      • A Network Load Balancer (not shown) for accessing the Rancher console.
    • Rancher deployment using AWS Systems Manager automation.
    • Amazon EKS service for the EKS cluster, which provides the Kubernetes control plane.*
    • An Amazon Route 53 DNS record for accessing the Rancher deployment.

    * The template that deploys the Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the components marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

  •  How to deploy
  • To deploy Rancher for Amazon EKS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process takes about 0.5–2.5 hours and includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at, and sign in to your account.
    2. Launch the Quick Start, choosing from the following options:
    3. Test the deployment.
    4. Post-deployment steps.

    Amazon may share user-deployment information with the AWS Partner that collaborated with AWS on the Quick Start.  

  •  Cost and licenses
  • You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services and third-party licenses used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start.

    The AWS CloudFormation template for this Quick Start includes configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you use. Prices are subject to change.

    Rancher is open-source software and does not require a license.

    Tip: After you deploy the Quick Start, enable the  AWS Cost and Usage Report to track costs associated with the Quick Start. This report delivers billing metrics to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket in your account. It provides cost estimates based on usage throughout each month, and aggregates the data at the end of the month. For more information about the report, see  What are AWS Cost and Usage Reports?