Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) vs. SUSE Rancher

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon EKS
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) is a managed container service to run and scale Kubernetes applications in the cloud or on-premises, available on AWS or on-premise through Amazon EKS Anywhere.
$0.10
per month
SUSE Rancher
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Developed by Rancher Labs and now from SUSE, Rancher is 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. Rancher centrally manages Kubernetes clusters across the organization in order to ensure security and accelerate transformation. Rancher is also available hosted. Hosted Rancher is a fully managed Rancher control plane - presented as the fastest, most cost…
$7,594.99
per year up to 500 nodes
Pricing
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)SUSE Rancher
Editions & Modules
Amazon EKS Cluster
$.10
per hour of each cluster created
Subscription license
7,594.99
per year up to 500 nodes
Standard Subscription
11,234.99
per year 10 nodes
Priority Subscription
30,514.99
per year 10 nodes
Management Server Priority Subscription
41,830.99
per year 1 instance
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon EKSSUSE Rancher
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)SUSE Rancher
Container Management
Comparison of Container Management features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)
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Ratings
SUSE Rancher
8.8
5 Ratings
9% above category average
Security and Isolation00 Ratings8.64 Ratings
Container Orchestration00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Cluster Management00 Ratings9.55 Ratings
Storage Management00 Ratings8.44 Ratings
Resource Allocation and Optimization00 Ratings8.94 Ratings
Discovery Tools00 Ratings9.34 Ratings
Update Rollouts and Rollbacks00 Ratings8.35 Ratings
Self-Healing and Recovery00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
Analytics, Monitoring, and Logging00 Ratings8.55 Ratings
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User Ratings
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)SUSE Rancher
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.7
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.8
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)SUSE Rancher
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
It is well suited when you want to have a Kubernetes cluster in AWS Cloud and want to avoid all the management overhead of maintaining your own cluster in terms of the control plane. EKS seems to be lacking in features when compared with AKS and GKE. Backups, service mesh, and monitoring have a lot of room for improvements.
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SUSE
SUSE Rancher as a management tool becomes useful on a larger scale. Small deployments not so much. If someone also requires Kubernetes capacity or storage, Rancher is an excellent choice. Also, without Kubernetes' skills, it is unlikely that Rancher deployment is going to be a success. Then again if someone else is managing your Kubernetes capacity, setting up the software's capacity will yield greater control. Rancher is not a very integrated solution similar to others in the market.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • Managed control plane
  • Autoscaling
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SUSE
  • Public and private cloud infrastructure providers based on K8s CAPI
  • REST API that can be used to integrate company services with Rancher
  • GUI that is easy to learn and use in daily operations
  • Builtin GitOps automation solution based on Fleet project
  • It is fully open source
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • AWSIAM integration with Kubernetes RBAC could be better.
  • Enabling some add-ons like service mesh, and monitoring will be nice instead of having to install them yourself after the creation of the cluster.
  • EKS bootstrap time could be faster ...
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SUSE
  • No possibility to snapshot Projects. You can snapshot and restore the whole Kubernetes cluster, but not a Project or Namespace. For this, you have to use external tools.
  • You cannot detach the Rancher-created Kubernetes clusters from Rancher management.
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Usability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
SUSE
The usability and user experience are good in general, although sometimes some errors can cause confusion, especially for those users who are not experts.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
SUSE
Use cases can be complex hence support as well. Problems have been solvable, but not always easily. It's great that there is support!
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
It feels like AWS is behind the EKS race, the only advantage I'm able to see right now is the support of IPv6, however, trying to promote AWS alternatives that are different from the market and more like a vendor locking solutions like ECS/Fargate have kept AWS behind and focusing on the wrong things. EKS needs to really improve its integration with the Kubernetes ecosystem and have an enterprise solution for monitoring, backups, and service mesh.
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SUSE
As we use only AWS EKS Clusters originally we were using the AWS Console and CLI but that is too limited in scope. Also, we were using AWS IAM roles to provide access to users but that was lots of extra work to have them integrated into SSO while on Rancher we have just connected our GitHub login with the Alfresco organization and that uses, in turn, Okta for SSO so provisioning for access is automatic for any developer who has been assigned to GitHub.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
SUSE
The investment for small environments is quite significant. There has to be a compelling case to enhance the areas where SUSE Rancher brings in value to make such a financial leap. There is also a free version to test the value propositions, which will help support the user's buying decisions. More clusters, more volume, more tasks and more complexity in the environment equals more value that Rancher can provide.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • Migrating all our workloads from ec2 VMs to containers running in Kubernetes has been a huge improvement for the management and resilience of our Infrastructure.
  • EKS Upgrade process to a new version seems to be taking very long ....
  • EKS creation time usually takes over 10 minutes in us-east-1, we would like faster creation times to be under 5 minutes.
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SUSE
  • Shortens "Time-to-Market" factor for new business applications or implementing new functionalities. From 1 to 50 microservices-based business applications in 6 years.
  • 24/7 availability, generates more money. There are many infrastructure components that are regularly powered-off for maintenance or upgrade, bur we rarely are turning off our downstream Kubernetes clusters where our business applications lives.
  • Single Point of Contact with platform maintenance and development Team, eases implementation of new business applications
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