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Overview of Partners

A number of partners are providing install methods as well as integrations with EKS Distro.


Alcide provides centralized and unified security coverage across hybrid deployments that span across EKS, Outposts, and Amazon EKS Distro. Customers can use the same tools and best practices regardless of the deployment infrastructure. The Alcide platform addresses all Kubernetes security needs holistically, from design through deployment to production. The platform is designed from a DevOps perspective, while also ensuring robust and comprehensive Kubernetes security and compliance best practices.

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Aqua Security

Aqua Security provides KSPM (Kubernetes Security Posture Management) to improve visibility and remediate misconfigurations, as well as advanced, agentless K8s runtime protection. Customers can also leverage Kubernetes-native capabilities to attain policy-driven, full lifecycle protection and compliance for K8s applications.

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Canonical allows you to take Amazon EKS Distro and combine it with the MicroK8s experience to get an opinionated, self-healing, highly available EKS-compatible Kubernetes for use anywhere you can get Ubuntu. Just snap install EKS, and you are up and running.

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Datadog provides visibility into the health of VMs, containers, and serverless environments across on-premise, hybrid, and cloud compute infrastructure.

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Epsagon enables you to monitor Amazon EKS Distro workloads, including control plane metrics. Customers can leverage Epsagon to instantly monitor, troubleshoot, and trace issues in their EKS-D or EKS workloads seamlessly.

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Instana works seamlessly on Kubernetes clusters using Amazon EKS Distro. With Instana customers can automatically monitor and visualize EKS-D and EKS workloads.

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Amazon EKS Distro can be installed using KubeOne by Kubermatic. KubeOne is an infrastructure-agnostic and open source Kubernetes cluster lifecycle management tool that automates the deployment and Day 2 operations of single Kubernetes clusters. Thanks to KubeOne’s Terraform integration and ease of use, infrastructure responsibles can install EKS Distro on AWS and Amazon Linux 2 with minimal operational effort. For a detailed description of how to install KubeOne, please see the KubeOne documentation.

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Set up EKS-D with KubeOne

First, create the terraform.tfvars file to instruct Terraform to create Amazon Linux 2 instances and to use the static workers instead of MachineDeployments.

Example terraform.tfvars file:

cluster_name = "<your-cluster name>"
ssh_public_key_file = "~/.ssh/"
initial_machinedeployment_replicas = 0
# This variable doesn't have any effect, as initial_machinedeployment_replicas
# is set to 0. Instead, static worker nodes running Amazon Linux 2 will be used
# (defined by static_workers_count and os variables).
# This will be fixed in the upcoming versions.
worker_os                          = "ubuntu"
static_workers_count               = 3
os                                 = "amazon_linux2"
ssh_username                       = "ec2-user"
bastion_user                       = "ec2-user"

Next, create the infrastructure using Terraform using terraform apply.

Now create the KubeOne Config manifest. Make sure to populate the assetConfiguration part with the real images. Here's an example:

kind: KubeOneCluster
  kubernetes: "v1.18.9-eks-1-18-1"
  aws: {}
    imageRepository: ""
    imageRepository: ""
    imageTag: "v1.18.9-eks-1-18-1"
    imageRepository: ""
    imageTag: "v3.4.14-eks-1-18-1"
    imageRepository: ""
    imageTag: "v1.7.0-eks-1-18-1"
    imageRepository: ""
    imageTag: "v0.4.0-eks-1-18-1"
    url: ""
    url: ""
    url: ""

To complete, run kubeone apply -t ..


Kubestack is a Terraform framework that provides a GitOps workflow to manage EKS clusters and cluster services.

Simulate EKS clusters locally

Kubestack's auto-updating local development environment uses EKS-D to mirror your EKS clusters on localhost.

# Use the Kubestack CLI to scaffold a new repository using the EKS starter:
kbst repo init eks

# Bring up the local development environment using EKS-D:
kbst local apply

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For more detailed instructions, including how to install the CLI, follow the Kubestack tutorial or check out the demo video that shows the Kubestack workflow from local development powered by EKS-D to production on EKS using GitLab CI/CD.

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Nirmata’s Day 2 Kubernetes platform has integrated support for cluster provisioning and life-cycle management of on-prem enterprise Kubernetes clusters using Amazon EKS Distro.

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Pulumi's modern infrastructure as code platform empowers cloud engineering teams to work better together to ship faster with confidence, using open source and the world’s most popular programming languages. Pulumi’s SaaS product enables a consistent workflow for delivering and securing applications and infrastructure on any cloud—public, private, or hybrid—including AWS and more than 50 other cloud infrastructure providers. Organizations of all sizes, from startups to the Global 2000, have chosen Pulumi for their cloud transformation and modernization needs.

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The Rafay Managed Kubernetes Platform (MKP) is an open platform with a foundational philosophy that customers should be able to use their preferred Kubernetes distribution in their operating environments. Using the Rafay MKP, customers can now easily provision and manage the lifecycle of Amazon EKS Distro for their on-premises (bare metal or VM) and cloud deployments.

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Rancher Labs delivers open source software that enables organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes at scale, on any infrastructure across the data center, cloud, branch offices, and the network edge.

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Sumo Logic

Sumo Logic’s Kubernetes Observability Solution is an integrated solution to monitor, diagnose, troubleshoot, and secure Kubernetes applications.

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Sysdig provides security and visibility to detect and respond to runtime threats, validate compliance, and monitor and troubleshoot containers on EKS-D.

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Tetrate Service Bridge from Tetrate provides enterprise-grade Istio and Envoy Proxy, supports multi-cluster application connectivity and multi-tenancy.

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Tigera is the home of the leading solutions for Kubernetes networking, security, and observability in hybrid and multi-cloud environments: Calico and Calico Enterprise. Many of the world’s largest enterprises rely on Tigera to secure both their EKS and self-managed Kubernetes clusters running on AWS.

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Use Upbound’s Crossplane open source solution to manage EKS-D via the Cluster API (CAPI).

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Weave Kubernetes Platform brings GitOps support to Amazon EKS Distro, providing support for installing, creating, and managing EKS-D clusters on-premise.

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