Upgrade AWS EKS – Older Version to Latest Otherwise Pay 500% More

AWS launches extended support on older versions of EKS services

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Customers can continue using older versions of Kubernetes for an extra year thanks to AWS’s recent announcement of extended support for Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) versions (beginning in April, 2024). Although this might seem like a convenient option, customers should carefully consider its price and several drawbacks before choosing it.

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The cost of extended support will begin in April 2024.

Check the amount that will cover the cost of the extended support for the older version of AWS EKS here.

Cluster CountPay Yearly ($)

How to pay the AWS EKS bill ?

Let’s assume that you create an Amazon EKS cluster on a Kubernetes version the day Amazon EKS releases it, and that you run the cluster for the next 26 months without upgrading the control plane version.

You will pay $0.10 per hour during the first 14 months when the version is in standard support.

After 14 months, the Kubernetes version transitioned to extended support. You will now pay $0.60 per hour for the remaining 12 months. During the 26-month period, on average, you will pay $0.33 per hour to run this cluster.

Support typeUsage (Months)Price (per cluster per hour)
Average cost for 26 months of support $0.33

The following table and figure summarise the end of support dates and pricing for Kubernetes versions available today on Amazon EKS:

Kubernetes versionStandard Support Pricing WindowExtended Support Pricing Window
1.23August 2022 – October 2023October 2023 – October 2024
1.24November 2022 – January 2024January 2024 – January 2025
1.25February 2023 – May 2024May 2024 – May 2025
1.26April 2023 – June 2024June 2024 – June 2025
1.27May 2023 – July 2024July 2024 – July 2025
1.28September 2023 – November 2024November 2024 – November 2025