eks-distro VS eks-anywhere

Compare eks-distro vs eks-anywhere and see what are their differences.


Amazon EKS Distro (EKS-D) is a Kubernetes distribution based on and used by Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) to create reliable and secure Kubernetes clusters. (by aws)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of eks-distro. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-09-12.
  • EKS Anywhere: The What, The Why and The How
    3 projects | dev.to | 12 Sep 2021
    EKS Anywhere builds on the strengths of Amazon EKS Distro, the same open-source distribution of Kubernetes that is used by Amazon EKS on the cloud, thus fostering consistency and compatibility between clusters both on AWS as well as on-premises.
  • Amazon EKS Anywhere
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Sep 2021
    yes im aware of bmctl. however you dont have control over the kubernetes distro that's running.

    is there anything similar to https://github.com/aws/eks-distro ?

    6 projects | /r/kubernetes | 8 Sep 2021
    EKS-A focuses on cluster management for HA environments. By default we use 3 etcd nodes, 2 control plane nodes, and 3 worker nodes. It uses cilium as the default CNI and Cluster API controllers for continual cluster state management. It has some optional configuration for a flux controller and OIDC authentication but it doesn't add default services or workloads. EKS-A also uses EKS Distro which is the open source Kubernetes distribution we run in hosted EKS.


Posts with mentions or reviews of eks-anywhere. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-10-16.
  • Docker for Rancher?
    3 projects | /r/kubernetes | 16 Oct 2022
    I'd suggest move from rancher to EKS Anywhere and the respective Cluster API providers... Self-managed node pools on top of bottlerocket can be established using common terraform-aws-eks module, otherwise.
  • Is setting up a production k8s a one-man job?
    6 projects | /r/kubernetes | 13 Oct 2022
    There are plenty of vendor specific bugs, like no EBS in [EKS Fargate](https://github.com/aws/containers-roadmap/issues/1113), and settling a Kubernetes cluster on top of Bottlerocket and [EKS Anywhere](https://github.com/aws/eks-anywhere), on your own is somewhat impossible.
  • Systemd by Example
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 25 Jan 2022
    > It has no init system.

    Apologies that I can't link directly to the "--init" flag but docker actually does have an init, it's just (err, was?) compiled into the binary: https://docs.docker.com/engine/reference/commandline/run/#op...

    My recollection is that it either adopted, or inspired, https://github.com/Yelp/dumb-init#readme which folks used to put into their Dockerfile as the init system back in the day

    Folks (ahem, I'm looking at you, eks-anywhere[0]) who bundle systemd into a docker container are gravely misguided, and the ones which do so for the ability to launch sshd alongside the actual container's main process are truly, truly lost

    0: https://github.com/aws/eks-anywhere/issues/838#issuecomment-...

  • Homelab ideas for AWS Cloud Engineer
    3 projects | /r/homelab | 24 Jan 2022
    EKS anywhere looks like an adventure - https://anywhere.eks.amazonaws.com
  • EKS Anywhere: The What, The Why and The How
    3 projects | dev.to | 12 Sep 2021
    That brings us to the end of this walkthrough. Thank you very much for reading and I hope you will give EKS Anywhere a spin. The complete documentation is available here. If you are interested in contributing, please open an issue or pull request on the EKS Anywhere GitHub repo. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter.
  • Amazon EKS Anywhere
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Sep 2021
    EKS Engineer here. This is something we have lots of thoughts about and want to make better in EKS on AWS.

    For EKS Anywhere, you can configure your cluster with OIDC auth today, and IAM auth is coming very soon. https://github.com/aws/eks-anywhere/issues/90

    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Sep 2021
    6 projects | /r/kubernetes | 8 Sep 2021
    Not yet but it's a request we've heard from beta testers. Would love to hear what you need in a GitHub issue so we can prioritize additional providers. https://github.com/aws/eks-anywhere/issues
    6 projects | /r/kubernetes | 8 Sep 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing eks-distro and eks-anywhere you can also consider the following projects:

LocalStack - 💻 A fully functional local AWS cloud stack. Develop and test your cloud & Serverless apps offline

kind - Kubernetes IN Docker - local clusters for testing Kubernetes

eks-nvme-ssd-provisioner - EKS NVMe SSD provisioner for Amazon EC2 Instance Stores

gardener - Kubernetes-native system managing the full lifecycle of conformant Kubernetes clusters as a service on Alicloud, AWS, Azure, GCP, OpenStack, vSphere, KubeVirt, Hetzner, EquinixMetal, MetalStack, and OnMetal with minimal TCO.

eksctl - The official CLI for Amazon EKS

dumb-init - A minimal init system for Linux containers

kubekey - Install Kubernetes/K3s only, both Kubernetes/K3s and KubeSphere, and related cloud-native add-ons, it supports all-in-one, multi-node, and HA 🔥 ⎈ 🐳

OpenFaaS - OpenFaaS - Serverless Functions Made Simple

container-service-extension - Container Service for VMware vCloud Director

oci-cloud-controller-manager - Kubernetes Cloud Controller Manager implementation for Oracle Cloud Infrastucture

kubernetes-management-ngrok-configuration - Build remotely your own cloud services behind NAT