Amazon ECS Uses Docker to Make the DevOps Experience Smoother
DevOps is a technological function that more and more companies are relying on these days.
As the market for its ancillary products, such as cloud native infrastructure, has grown, so has the palpable demand for support systems such as container deployment services. Recognizing this demand early on, Amazon Elastic Container Service was created in 2014.
“Our customers have always appreciated the value and the simplicity of ECS for many years now ”, mentionned Massimo Ré Ferré (Photo), principal technologist at Amazon Web Services Inc. “I mean we relaunched ECS in 2014 and we saw great adoption of the product. And customers have always appreciated the fact that it was easy to operate and use.
Ré Ferré also spoke about the mitigating issues that prompted the company to establish Outpost, a full-fledged cloud management infrastructure that users can deploy on their own servers.
“Many of our ccustomers wanted to go all the way to the cloud, but they had these exceptions that they had to handle, with apps that couldn’t move to the cloud.
Re Ferré spoke with Jean Furrier, host of theCUBE, the live streaming studio of SiliconANGLE Media, during DockerCon. They discussed the current cloud native development landscape and how ECS is doing its part to improve the evolution of cloud computing, the overall experience for developers and engineers, and the quality of software and mobile applications developed in the cloud. (* Disclosure below.)
A development schedule
Amazon.com Inc. got into the cloud computing game in 2006. What we call cloud computing back then was IT infrastructure that was simply offered as web services. The company has since grown and now represents around 33% of the global cloud infrastructure services niche, according to Ré Ferré.
ECS was launched in 2014 and, with its subsequent updates, began to support Docker integration. The product, which was designed to enable customers to manage and scale complex containers, has found success with users, brands and businesses.
In 2020, AWS went on to announce ECS Anywhere. Scheduled for deployment in 2021, this is a service update that allows users to deploy native Amazon ECS tasks in any environment. These can range from all forms of customer managed environments to traditional AWS infrastructure.
ECS and Docker
This year’s DockerCon is all about developer experience and productivity. And, according to Re Ferre, ECS was designed with a suite of features that put convenience and ease of use at the forefront.
“Take the fact that a developer would previously need to create several hundred rows of confirmation templates to be able to take their candidacy and deploy it in the cloud. What they you must now modify a new file, a YAML file with a very clear and the easy-to-use Docker Compose syntax, compose and deploy to … AWS and using ECS Fargate and many other AWS services in the backend, ”said Re Ferre while providing an overview of the new features to come for the service.
Re Ferre has also weighed in on a number of developments at AWS, including new advancements in the Internet of Things, technologies distributed with Edge, and other machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies for the future.
Watch the full video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage from DockerCon. (* Disclosure: Amazon Web Services Inc. sponsored this segment of the CUBE. Neither AWS nor any other sponsor has editorial control over the content on the CUBE or SiliconANGLE.)
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