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Canonical Announces Ubuntu for Amazon’s Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes

Officially launched on Tuesday, Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is engineered to deliver Kubernetes, the open-source and production-grade container orchestration tool as a managed service on the AWS (Amazon Web Services) cloud computing services. As Ubuntu is the most widely used container host operating system, especially for Kubernetes deployments, it can now be used to host containers in Amazon’s EKS. Designed for container portability, Ubuntu on EKS promises a set of great optimizations over Ubuntu on AWS. Among these, we can mention up to 30 percent faster kernel boot speeds, i3.metal support, better i3 instance class support with NVM Express (NVMe) storage disks for extreme IO, Elastic Network Adapter (ENA) with support for up to 25 Gbps network interfaces, as well as continuous security updates and image maintenance to address critical flaws.