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EKS Anywhere Bare Metal Cluster Management Made Easy with Rafay

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) is a popular container orchestration system used by many businesses. One of the options available with EKS is EKS Anywhere for Bare Metal environments, which allows you to run Kubernetes on your own hardware. While this provides more control and flexibility to businesses, it also comes with its own set of challenges.

While the benefits of managing EKS Anywhere on Bare Metal are significant, it’s important to note that the process can be challenging and time-consuming, particularly if you lack experience with Kubernetes on Bare Metal infrastructure. This is where Rafay’s Kubernetes Platform for managing EKS Anywhere Bare Metal clusters can come in handy. In this blog, we’ll explore how Rafay’s Platform can address pain points and simplify the management process.

Simple Cluster Management Workflows

One of the biggest advantages of using Rafay’s Kubernetes Platform solution for managing EKS Anywhere  Bare Metal clusters is an intuitive, user-friendly web console  Rafay provides an easy-to-use UI that makes it simple to configure, provision, and manage your EKS Anywhere  Bare Metal clusters in remote data centers. You can create, scale, and manage clusters with just a few clicks. Scaling EKS Anywhere bare metal clusters can be a challenging task, particularly when you need to add or remove nodes. The platform simplifies this process by providing an easy-to-use UI for scaling your clusters. You can add or remove nodes with just a few clicks, eliminating the need for manual intervention.

Automated Template Generation

Creating and managing EKS Anywhere Bare Metal clusters using eksctl can be error-prone and time-consuming, especially when you need to manually prepare large templates. The Rafay platform eliminates this by automatically generating the templates. You only need to provide a few inputs, and the Platform will generate the template for you. This will save users a lot of time and effort in preparing the template manually.

Zero Trust Internet-based Remote Management

Rafay eliminates the need for administrators to require direct access to the data center for cluster operations. This is achieved through a secure, zero trust, dial-out connection between the Rafay Kubernetes Controller and cluster nodes via a gateway deployed in the remote data center.

Eliminate the Need for Admin Machine

The Rafay gateway serves as both the EKS Anywhere admin machine and the gateway, meaning there are no extra infrastructure requirements beyond those of EKS Anywhere. Also, it can be operationally cumbersome to install and manage software packages on an admin machine. The Rafay platform gets rid of the need to install and manage software packages, which can save you a lot of time and effort. The platform also automatically manages the installation of these tools, ensuring they are up-to-date and compatible with EKS Anywhere Bare Metal.

Remote Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting issues with EKS Anywhere Bare Metal clusters running in remote data centers can be a significant challenge, particularly when there is a lack of visibility into the provisioning steps. The Platform provides an integrated debug channel that offers detailed visibility into the status and insights into the provisioning process, making it easier to troubleshoot issues. This can save you a lot of time and effort in identifying and resolving issues.


Managing EKS Anywhere Clusters on Bare Metal can be a challenging task, particularly for those who are not familiar with Kubernetes or Bare Metal infrastructure. A Platform like Rafay for managing EKS Anywhere Bare Metal clusters can dramatically simplify and streamline the management process with a web console, automated template generation process, and an integrated remote debug channel making Rafay’s Platform Solution an attractive option for enterprises.

Try It Out

If you want to try this out yourself, sign up for a Free Org/Tenant and check out our “Getting Started Guide” and documentation. Watch the  YouTube video that covers the lifecycle management of Amazon EKS Anywhere clusters on bare metal.


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