Are there two Load Balancer Controllers with EKS ?
I stumbled once again when I was exposing the Kubernetes service via Network Load Balancer and discovered two ways of creating NLB in EKS.
Have you ?
Why I stumbled upon confluence between AWS Load Balancers and Kubernetes Service ?
You have setup your Amazon EKS cluster,deployed application as Pods and now want to access the application over the…
- EKS cluster is setup
- AWS Load Balancer Controller is deployed
- Deployed some nginx pods
- Deployed service to be accessible outside the EKS cluster via Network Load Balancer (NLB)
Configuration 1 — Service Type : LoadBalancer with No Annotations
— port: 80
Deploy the service.
kubectl apply -f nginx-service-aws-legacy-controller.yaml
The load balancer is created with following details.
- Classic type load balancer is created
- Load Balancer DNS name starts with adxx-141xxx-ap-south-1.elb.amazonaws.com
- Tags are added e.g. kubernets.io/service-name : default/nginx-service
Configuration 2 — Using aws-load-balancer-type: nlb annotation
— protocol: TCP
Create service in EKS cluster.
kubectl apply -f nlb-nginx-service-aws-legacy-controller.yaml
The following gets created.
- Network load balancer is created
- Load Balancer DNS name starts with adxx-16xxx.elb.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com
- Note the tag name — kubernets.io/service-name : default/nginx-service
Configuration 3 — Using aws-load-balancer-type: “external” annotation
- port: 80
It creates the following load balancer in AWS.
- Creates Network load Balancer
- Load Balancer DNS Name is very different compared to earlier ones (it starts with k8s-default-xxx, the dns name is having xx.elb.region.xx format as opposed to xx.region.elb.xx format as seen in earlier configrations)
- Tags are also quite different as seen below.
What is going on here ?
It looks like these load balancers are created bit differently in configurtion 3…
The external value for aws-load-balancer-type is what causes the AWS Load Balancer Controller, rather than the AWS cloud provider load balancer controller, to create the Network Load Balancer.
Wait a minute…so it implies there are two different types of Controllers creating the load balancers in the EKS cluster.
The Configuration 1 and Configuration 2 kicks in AWS cloud provider load balancer controller (I tend to call it legacy now ) where as the Configuration 3 kicks in the AWS Load Balancer Controller (new one) !
Even if you use AWS Load Balancer Controller add-on with EKS the AWS cloud provider load balancer controller (legacy ) still kicks in based on what is specified in the service annotation !