If you are using containers and AWS, you're likely already using it!
December 07, 2019

If you are using containers and AWS, you're likely already using it!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

Amazon ECS is being used company-wide and is being used in many different capacities. We utilize our AWS environment for both production services as well as for testing and research capabilities. ECS is being used across instances using Fargate or just as a mechanism with generic ec2 instances.
  • Well Integrated - As with the majority of AWS services, ECS works will with any other AWS product (Route 53, CloudWatch, IAM, etc).
  • Easy to get started with - It is easy to get started building just about anything in AWS and using ECS is no exception to this rule. Be careful though -- AWS lets you do/build anything in any way you could think of and allowing yourself to shoot yourself in the foot is no exception.
  • Another AWS Service - While AWS has a service for just about everything, that is also a negative point. There is no service that does 4 out of 4 things you need. This service does 3 out of 4, another service does the fourth thing you need and another two things that the other service does.
  • With AWS things in general, it's really hard to remain cloud agnostic. Keep that in mind.
  • Azure Container Instances
If you are using AWS, you will be using Amazon ECS. I have also used Azure Container Instances and it works just as well in Azure as ECS does in AWS. It's really all a matter of what cloud provider you are utilizing. Because of the "Cloud Wars," it's difficult to measure cross-cloud connectivity, but I have had better luck remaining cloud agnostic in other cloud providers than AWS (Azure, GCP). Because of the sheer volume of tooling in AWS and inter-connectivity between them, it's almost easier to be fully AWS if you are using it in any kind of capacity.
AWS support is usually pretty good at solving issues and pretty quick with communication, but buyer beware - this is a market where what you are paying matters. The higher the support tier, as with anything else, the better service you receive.

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Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), Amazon API Gateway, Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon CloudFront, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Fargate, AWS Lambda
If you are containerizing your applications and using AWS, you are more than likely using or should be using ECS. It's a great service and if you aren't using Kubernetes, it's definitely worth giving it a shot.