Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for container orchestration, enabling developers to manage and deploy containerized applications at scale. Amazon’s Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) is a fully managed Kubernetes service that makes it easy to run Kubernetes on AWS. However, as applications grow, managing resources effectively can become a challenge. That’s where Karpenter comes in.

What Is Karpenter?

Karpenter is a just-in-time capacity provisioner for any Kubernetes cluster, not just EKS. It is designed to simplify and optimize resource management in Kubernetes clusters by intelligently provisioning the right resources based on workload requirements. Although Karpenter can be used with any Kubernetes cluster, in this article, we will focus on its benefits and features within the context of AWS and EKS.

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