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EKS free tier #78

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runningman84 opened this issue Dec 20, 2018 · 12 comments

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@runningman84
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commented Dec 20, 2018

It would be great to have a free tier of EKS which might even run in a non HA control plane setup. Other providers like Google offer similar free services.

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commented Dec 20, 2018

That would be awesome!

@mitchellhuang

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commented Dec 28, 2018

GCP: $0
Azure: $0
DigitalOcean: $0
AWS: $144/month
Reddit discussion: https://www.reddit.com/r/aws/comments/aa7vrc/eks_pricing/

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commented Jan 11, 2019

We view EKS as a production-grade service, and always want to be sure we are providing a high level of availability. We are going to work to reduce the control plane costs as well so that you can have both HA and low cost without worrying about whether the availability of the service is a corner you should cut.

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commented Apr 5, 2019

@countspongebob as a consultant I just set up a demo on EKS, and I have to leave it running (CI is enabled), I'm proposing this EKS based solution to my client — the problem is I have to pay $191 CAD per month..

and guess what the dev team actually liked my EKS setup and we will use it

it's sad that dev / consultant will have to assume the costs to prepare demo or test workload.. I'm planning of running my demos on G Cloud for that reason

if we could have a limited version of EKS, with e.g. limited set of machine or max node = 2 with no autoscaling that would make a lot of devs / consultant happy

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commented May 10, 2019

@countspongebob still waiting for an announcement from aws team regarding price reduction as per your comment.

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commented Jun 7, 2019

I'm using EKS and was planning to minimize cost by scaling down the autoscaling group to zero instances outside business hours (in all environments but prod), but then I see there is still charges for the control plane. Eurk.

SO I'll have to use gitlab pipelines to terraform destroy completely the cluster... (And it takes forever to destroy / create with terraform). Eurk.

You really should address that control plane pricing to AT LEAST don't charge it if their is no workers attached.

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commented Jun 9, 2019

@countspongebob Seems like this ticket was closed arbitrarily without closure on your comment. The rationale for such a high price is totally not justified for personal or small projects and we should have an option for low-cost control-pane.

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commented Jun 29, 2019

Just started getting into Kubernetes and wanted to integrate with some cloud providers as a learning experience. $144 USD a month just do try out AWS is a joke. Will go elsewhere.

I suggest re-opening this issue.

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commented Jun 29, 2019

@xanather I think it's a fair statement to say that one votes with their feet if they do not like a certain offering. It's a free market and you should use what you feel most comfortable with. Of course I'm sad to learn you don't want to give EKS a chance because of the costs. If you do want to give EKS a try and $$$ is the only thing that interests you, there are ATM and going forward these options:

  1. Keep an eye on #45
  2. You can give EKSphemeral a try, I wrote it for this purpose

Calling an offering many folks put a lot of time into a joke is hurting, but I suppose that's something we have to live with.

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commented Jul 20, 2019

I don't think it's a joke, but it would be great if there was a free tier option for devs who like AWS and are wanting to explore using Kubernetes with it. It might even help AWS in the long run by introducing many more devs to the idea of deploying production Kubernetes clusters on AWS.

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commented Aug 15, 2019

+1 @rpivo

Also think offering a few EKS pricing options will benefit AWS and developers. K8s needs node workers to run and they normally need to be m3.medium or larger. Then, we'll normally want a managed DB (i.e. RDS), at least one ELB, ECR for images, CodeBuild/CodePipeline for deployments and so on.

Perhaps something like:

  • Free for single managed master (~99.9% SLA), up to 5-10 nodes of max size X.
  • Something in between?
  • 144 USD for the full HA unrestricted deployment.
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commented Aug 15, 2019

Let's be honest here, they could even make the HA plane completely free like every other provider and make profit as usual from the running EC2 instances and bandwidth usage of the node pools.

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