A Kubernetes Comparison part 1: Amazon EKS

Public Cloud Providers

ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is a new deployment option for ArcGIS Enterprise mapping and analytics software. It uses microservices and containerization to provide a cloud-native architecture, running either on your organization’s Kubernetes platform or in your cloud provider’s Kubernetes service.

Battle of  Kubernetes Cloud Providers 

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Kubernetes is the de facto container management solution for creating, deploying and managing containerized applications. It offers scalability, reliability and automation; Therefore, it is the foundation for modern cloud-native apps. Kubernetes is an open-source platform that can be installed, run and managed in on-premises environments, but I will be focusing on managed Kubernetes solutions from public cloud providers.

Cloud-hosted Kubernetes distributions are easy and convenient. The cloud provider manages the Kubernetes infrastructure and controls any other tools that can be integrated in their public cloud. Managed Kubernetes services offer enterprise support and uptime guarantees.

Kubernetes Public Cloud Providers

I will compare three options below in my series of articles which will review the deployment of ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes. This process will include creating a cluster and deploying ArcGIS Enterprise in the cloud provider’s environment.

Creating a Kubernetes Cluster Using eksctl

eksctl is a command-line interface (CLI) tool for creating and managing clusters on EKS.

Amazon EKS

To create a cluster using eksctl, you will need to install eksctl on your macOS, Linux or Windows. I will be installing on Linux.

Downloading eksctl on Linux.

Downloading eksctl on Linux in CLI.

Create an EKS cluster based on Esri system requirements– choose region/availability zone.

Creating a cluster with three nodes of size m5.2xlarge.

Creating Cluster

Cluster creation complete

The cluster is ready! Now let’s deploy on Kubernetes.

Deploying ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes

Deploy ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes – Using Esri’s deployment script run the deployment script in interactive mode. You will connect to the cluster.

Connecting to the cluster from CLI.

Confirm your nodes are running.

View your nodes and check their status.

Ready to deploy! This script directly communicates to the Kubernetes cluster and runs an initial set of micro-services.

Esri’s deployment script.

AWS Network Load Balancer (Ext).

Namespace/workspace for deployment workloads.

Password encryption key file.

Container registry’s Domain.

TLS Certificate in pfx format.

Summary of deployment & Properties file.

Starting the deployment script.

Creating services/account.

Creating Pods.

ArcGIS Enterprise has successfully deployed on Kubernetes!

That’s a wrap!

Now you know how to create a cluster using eksctl in Linux and deploy ArcGIS Enterprise Kubernetes in Amazon Elastic Service!

In my next series, I will demonstrate Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) ArcGIS Enterprise Kubernetes deployment.

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