EKS: Self-Managed Nodes vs Managed Node Group vs AWS Fargate

January 6, 2022

We'll cover the different EKS Nodes and what they mean. Essentially, EKS manages Kubernetes-as-a-Service but this mainly means the Kubernetes control plane. You still need to provide compute nodes to your EKS cluster so they have the capacity to deploy the pods onto. There are 3 options:

  1. Self-managed: You bring your own servers and have more control of the server. You have to manage it yourself though. So people also call this unmanaged.
  2. Managed Node Groups: AWS manages the servers for you. You just have to specify some configurations of server instance types.
  3. AWS Fargate: AWS manages even more of the server for you. You don't even have to think about instance types. Just tell EKS how much RAM and CPU you need and that's it.

Other lessons where EKS clusters are created:

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