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Calico on EKS Anywhere

Amazon EKS Anywhere is an official Kubernetes distribution from AWS. It’s a new deployment option for Amazon EKS that allows the creation and operation of on-premises Kubernetes clusters on your existing infrastructure.

Since its general availability release, we’ve been working hard to ensure support for Calico on EKS Anywhere, and are happy to announce that users can now choose to use Calico for container networking and security. This gives organizations already using or planning to adopt EKS Anywhere the flexibility to choose the best container networking solution for their needs. Organizations currently using Calico can add EKS Anywhere clusters and use the same Calico solution for networking and security across on-premises and cloud platforms.

Let’s take a look at how you can get started with Calico on EKS Anywhere.


  • This procedure is disruptive; it cannot be used to migrate a cluster with applications “in-service”
  • Be aware that, at present, Amazon is unlikely to be able to provide support for a cluster built in this way


Install EKS Anywhere

Install EKS Anywhere as normal on vSphere, by following this documentation.


Install the Cilium CLI and uninstall Cilium

Removing Cilium from a cluster requires using the Cilium CLI, so Continue reading