EKS + Fargate versus EKS + Managed Node Group

08 Dec 2021

Learn how EKS + Fargate differs from EKS + Managed Node Group.

EKS + Fargate EKS + Managed Node Group
Deployment Options

⚠️ AWS only

✅ Major cloud providers, On-premises, …

Availability

⚠️ Available in 18 regions

✅ Available in most regions

Cluster Costs (per month)

$ 72.00

$ 72.00

Compute Costs

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Compute Pricing Options

✅ On-demand
❌ Spot
✅ Savings Plan

✅ On-demand
✅ Spot
✅ Savings Plan

Virtual Machines

✅ Does not involve managing EC2 instances.

⚠️ EC2 instances running in your AWS account, but Managed Node Group + Cluster Autoscaler automate most operations tasks.

Infrastructure Scaling

✅ AWS takes care of the scaling of the infrastructure.

✅ Managed Node Groups and Cluster Autoscaler scale the cluster capacity up and down automatically.

Networking

✅ ENI and Security Group per pod/container.

⚠️ Multiple containers/pods share the same ENI and Security Group.

Load Balancing

✅ ALB

✅ ALB + NLB + CLB

Service Discovery

✅ K8s

✅ K8s