Autopilot in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)

Modes of Operation

  1. Standard: You manage the nodes and the infrastructure, security, etc.
  2. Autopilot: You only manage your applications and deployments.

Standard Mode

  • Control plane provisioning and management
  • Control plane updates
  • Worker node creation
  • Node Upgrades
  • OS Patching
  • Node Pool specification and configuration
  • Worker node management
  • Application Management

Autopilot Mode

  • Control plane provisioning and management
  • Control plane updates
  • Worker node creation
  • Node Upgrades
  • OS Patching
  • Node Pool specification and configuration
  • Worker node management
  • Application Management

Security

SLA and Billing

Standard Mode

  • GKE provides different SLAs on hosts and the control plane.
  • We are billed for the control plane and the nodes.

Autopilot Mode

  • In Addition to SLAs on hosts and the control plane, Autopilot Mode includes an SLA on Pods (99.9%).
  • We are billed for per second vCPU, memory and disk used.

Conclusion

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