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Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Amazon EKS »MuyLinux

Mark Shuttleworth made it clear what Canonical’s top goal now is: the cloud. The company’s commitment to this sector will be very strong, to the extent that the CEO has even “shot” the competition at the OpenStack Summit, generating some controversy.

Continuing with your goals of conquering the cloud, Canonical has announced that Ubuntu will play a very important role as the host of Amazon EKS (Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes), which was released on Tuesday this week. According to the official blog of the distribution, “This creates a perfect portability for the containers of the workloads of the company developed in workstations Ubuntu, operated on a private infrastructure with the official version of Kubernetes coming from Canonical”, which will be distributed through CDK (Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes) to automate K8s deployments and operations for multiple infrastructure environments such as bare metal, VMware and OpenStack.

Amazon EKS is “A fully automated Kubernetes cluster service on AWS (Amazon Web Services)”. Will try offer important optimizations when using Ubuntu on AWS, highlighting the following:

  • Up to 30% faster kernel boot.
  • Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) supports network interfaces up to 25Gpbs.
  • Continuous image maintenance and security updates for critical issues.
  • Improved support for i3 instance class with NVMe storage for extreme checkout / checkout scenarios.
  • Support for i3.metal.

Using Ubuntu as an EKS container host, users will have the same execution dynamics on AWS as with other Ubuntu-based Kubernetes implementations on private infrastructures, including the same container execution kernels, libraries, tools, and binaries.

Although EKS is a fully automated service, the host can be modified with standard practices that will be familiar to most AWS users. Corporate users of Ubuntu container hosts on EKS and CDK can expect, according to Canonical, the following:

  • Binary compatibility throughout the entire development, test and production period.
  • Higher productivity with fewer deltas in CI / CD pipelines.
  • Increased speed with the most popular development tools.
  • Better security thanks to the reduction of the surface exposed to attacks.
  • Improve both economically and agility across public and private clouds.

Ubuntu container hosts on EKS are supported by Canonical through the Ubuntu Advantage program, available on AWS Marketplace. This allows EKS users to receive tailored support for both public and private deployments.