Embrace the Power of ARM and AWS Graviton with Qovery – It's Now GA!

Qovery now fully supports ARM and AWS Graviton instances! This exciting update means you can now enjoy a whole new level of efficiency and cost-effectiveness when running your cloud workloads on Qovery. In this article, we'll dive into the many benefits of using AWS Graviton instances and discuss some potential downsides to ensure you make an informed decision. And, of course, we'll guide you through the simple process of migrating from AMD64 to ARM with Qovery's help.

Romaric Philogène

Romaric Philogène

March 31, 2023 · 4 min read
Embrace the Power of ARM and AWS Graviton with Qovery – It's Now GA! - Qovery
Written byRomaric Philogène

Romaric Philogène

CEO and co-founder of Qovery. Romaric has 10+ years of experience in R&D. From the Ad-Tech to the financial industry, he has deep expertise in highly-reliable and performant systems.

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Why Choose AWS Graviton?

AWS Graviton processors are specifically designed for cloud workloads running in Amazon EC2, offering incredible advantages over traditional AMD64 instances. Here are some of the key benefits of AWS Graviton that will surely make you smile.

Best Price Performance

AWS Graviton-based instances can deliver up to a whopping 40% better price performance over comparable current generation x86-based instances for a broad range of workloads. That means more bang for your buck!

Here are some exciting benchmarks to take a look at:

You'll see that performance uplift is domain application specific, but the price/performance ratio is always positive for Graviton processors over Intel equivalent.

Improved Power Efficiency and Low Carbon Footprint

Feel good about your contribution to the environment, as Graviton-based instances use up to 60% less energy for the same performance than comparable EC2 instances.

How To Use AWS Graviton With Qovery

Creating a New EKS Cluster or K3S Instance with AWS Graviton

Ready to harness the power of AWS Graviton with Qovery? Creating a new EKS cluster or K3S instance with AWS Graviton is as easy as pie. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Log in to your Qovery account and head over to the "Clusters" (cloud icon) section.
  2. Click on the "Add Cluster" button.
  3. Choose "Amazon EKS" or "K3S" – whichever tickles your fancy.
  4. In the "Instance Type" dropdown menu, select your preferred AWS Graviton instance type (T4g, M7g, C7g, R7g, or X2gd).
  5. Complete the remaining fields for your cluster configuration, and click on the "Create Cluster" button.

Voilà! Once your cluster is ready, it will run on AWS Graviton instances.

Migrating from AMD64 to AWS Graviton (ARM) for existing workload

We've got your back if you're considering migrating your existing workloads from an AMD64 cluster to an AWS Graviton-based cluster. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a new EKS cluster or K3S instance with AWS Graviton instances (as described earlier).
  2. Head to your "Project" section
  3. Locate the environment you want to migrate and click the "Clone" button.
  4. Choose the new AWS Graviton-based cluster as your "Target Cluster".
  5. Click "Clone" and watch the magic happen as Qovery replicates your apps to the new cluster.
  6. Give your application a test run on the new cluster to ensure everything works just as it should. (You would need to target ARM for all your apps and make the appropriate change if necessary - contact us on our forum if you need some help)
  7. When you're satisfied with the migration, it's time to bid farewell to the old AMD64 cluster and decommission it.

Downsides of AWS Graviton and ARM

While AWS Graviton and ARM offer numerous advantages, it's essential to consider some potential downsides before deciding. We believe in being transparent with our users, so here are a few things you should be aware of:


Although ARM and AWS Graviton are gaining popularity and support, some software applications and libraries may not yet support ARM architecture. Before migrating, it's crucial to verify that your application's dependencies and tools are compatible with ARM.


It's essential to analyze your application's performance needs and run tests to determine the best architecture for your use case.

While AWS Graviton processors generally provide better performance for many workloads, there may be cases where specific applications perform better on traditional x86 architecture. It's essential to analyze your application's performance needs and run tests to determine the best architecture for your use case.

Transition Effort

Migrating from AMD64 to ARM may require some effort, primarily if your application relies on libraries or tools that need to be updated or replaced. While Qovery can help simplify the migration process, planning and allocating resources for this transition is important.


We wholeheartedly recommend embracing AWS Graviton / ARM for improved cost performance, enhanced power efficiency (resulting in a lower carbon footprint), and bringing a smile to your CFO's face! 😊 However, it's crucial to ensure your apps are fully compatible before taking the leap.

With Qovery's support for ARM and AWS Graviton instances, there's never been a better time to explore new possibilities for your cloud workloads. While there are numerous benefits to adopting these more efficient, cost-effective processors, it's crucial to consider the potential downsides and make an informed decision based on your specific needs.

Whether you're creating a new EKS cluster or K3S instance with AWS Graviton or migrating from AMD64 to ARM, our platform is designed to make the process as smooth as possible. And remember, we're always here to lend a helping hand. If you need assistance with the migration or have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our friendly team is eager to guide you through the process and help you make the best choice for your unique requirements. So go ahead, explore the power of ARM and AWS Graviton with Qovery, and let's make your cloud journey an amazing one!

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