The Amazon EKS community has added support for Loft Labs’ open source project vcluster, which enables you to spin up lightweight, virtual Kubernetes clusters inside the namespaces of an underlying Kubernetes cluster. In this episode of Newsroom, Swapnil Bhartiya sits down with Lukas Gentele, Co-Founder and CEO of Loft Labs, to talk about how the idea of adding support for EKS with vcluster came about and how it is fostering further collaborations and supporting the open source community.

“AWS is making a lot of progress with their EKS Anywhere product to essentially extend EKS beyond the pure use case of spinning up a cluster on top of AWS, but rather also running it on the edge, running it in your private data scenario and hybrid scenarios,” says Gentele, “and having EKS as a standalone distribution that doesn’t necessarily rely on all the AWS hotwired cloud constructs that are in place allows us to spin up virtual clusters of EKS.”

Some of the key points we covered in this show include:

  • vcluster becomes an important part of the EKS stack
  • This development shows how open source projects enable ecosystem players to add support for their own products without relying on the vendor who created the project.
  • Gentele also gives us a glimpse of what other features and functionalities they are working on for the future. We will hear more about that during KubeCon in May.

Lukas Gentele

About Loft Labs: Loft Labs was founded in 2019 to create open-source developer tooling and virtual cluster technology for Kubernetes, with the goal to increase developer productivity and to help engineers gain secure but unimpeded access to cloud infrastructure.

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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