Accelerate your EKS Kubernetes operations with GitOps

April 20, 2022

Weaveworks and AWS together developed the EKS accelerator program, taking advantage of EKS Blueprints and GitOps best practices to provide an end to end solution for enterprises that want to scale EKS.

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Well architected for hybrid environments at scale 

AWS Well Architected Framework is a fantastic resource for organizations modernizing their infrastructure in the cloud. The body of knowledge offers solid and well rounded advice across critical pillars that must be grasped in-depth by teams building and operating cloud native solutions; Especially when considering building developer platforms on top of Kubernetes. 

Achieving the objectives of the well architected framework usually requires considerable effort and skill. Particularly as environments become more complex due to an increasing number of workloads, requirements for hybrid infrastructure and fleets of clusters as well as evolving needs of self-service for development needs. 

Reducing the effort and costs in building these solutions takes experience and automation for complex application deployments and enterprise integration in production and at scale. Weaveworks and AWS together developed the EKS accelerator program, taking advantage of EKS Blueprints and GitOps best practices to provide an end to end solution for enterprises that want to scale EKS. 




Weaveworks and EKS Blueprints 

Weaveworks’ experience building, operating and supporting EKS environments is unparalleled. As we’ve worked with customers such as Dream 11, Riot Games, and Fidelity operating Kubernetes clusters at scale, we have not only witnessed first hand the challenges in building scalable cloud native solutions but also the sky rocketing benefits enterprises can extract from efficiently built cloud environments. 

Our longstanding relationship with AWS is also one of a kind, we build and maintain eksctl, the official CLI for EKS, and Flux is bundled with EKS Anywhere. It comes therefore as no surprise that we got very excited when we first heard of the EKS Blueprints for CDK and Terraform project

EKS Blueprints provides a code driven framework that companies can use to build extensible development platforms on top of EKS. The blueprint provides guidelines and a methodology that simplifies, abstracts and reduces the complexity for development teams to deliver workloads to EKS environments. 

Our collaboration with the EKS Blueprints team started early on, giving us a unique position in providing feedback and insights as the project progressed and matured. 

Hybrid and at scale use cases with EKS Blueprints 

EKS Blueprints provide an initial framework but there will be decisions in terms of design and architecture that teams still need to make, particularly when building solutions that have hybrid components and when dealing with fleet- scale operations. 

Teams can utilize the codebase for satisfying their distinct architecture, and building the automation required for continuous integration and deployment. However to operate environments on day-2 are still efforts teams will need to take on to effectively leverage the EKS Blueprints framework. 

Accelerating implementation and supporting organizations in making the best decisions as teams build and operate their environments built using EKS Blueprints is the objective of Weaveworks EKS Accelerator. A turn-key offering that bundles consulting, support and the Weave GitOps Enterprise EKS Blueprint Add-on. 

By purchasing an EKS Accelerator offering your team will receive a comprehensive package including the exceptional experience on EKS that only Weaveworks can provide in designing, coding and deploying your hybrid EKS developer platform. You will also get hybrid cluster visibility, fleet management and built-in runtime policy enforcement thanks to Weave GitOps innovative capabilities on top of an EKS Blueprints compliant developer platform solution. 


Best Practices for Hybrid Cloud Kubernetes with EKS and Weave GitOps

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Bringing GitOps at scale to Hybrid environments 

Weave GitOps as part of your EKS Blueprint solution will provide native GitOps capabilities for your entire infrastructure and applications, while giving you full control and visibility of your hybrid architecture running EKS, EKS Distro or EKS Anywhere, no matter where it is running. 

Declarative runtime policy compliance and advanced multi-tenant capabilities are part of the package, elevating the value you get from the EKS Blueprints framework to the level required by your large enterprise. And ongoing enterprise support is part of the Weave GitOps Accelerator program. 

Getting faster to well architected EKS 

With Weaveworks EKS Accelerator and EKS Blueprints, your enterprise will be able to build a well architected EKS internal developer platform faster, and get the support you need to ensure your hybrid environments remain performant, secure and up to date, with little effort regardless of scale. 

Download the accelerator overview and contact your AWS Account Executive or look for EKS Accelerator in the AWS Marketplace to get started.


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