Posted On: Mar 14, 2022
Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) now supports the containerd container runtime on Windows worker nodes. Amazon EKS is a managed container service to run and scale Kubernetes applications in the Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and the Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD, or on-premises. Containerd is a lightweight container runtime that manages the complete container lifecycle on its host system, from container image transfer to execution, as well as storage and network attachment. Customers with Windows workloads can now get similar performance, security, and stability benefits from containerd that are available to customers running Linux-based worker nodes.
With the latest EKS Optimized AMIs for Windows, customers with Windows workloads can now realize the benefits that come with the containerd runtime. Leveraging the same container runtime across all their organization’s workloads can help reduce the operational effort required to qualify different runtimes for workloads. Containerd’s smaller scope, compared to the Docker runtime helps improves security and pod startup latency in addition to freeing up additional CPU and memory for use by applications.