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Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)

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Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) is a container management service that supports Docker containers and allows users to easily run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances.

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Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Armando L.
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"Fastest provision and maximum availability for basically any application"

What do you like best?

I like that I can launch EC2 instances with a few clicks and with the right amount of computing power from the beginning while maintaining the possibility to scale it in the future with a few clicks as well. This would have taken months in an on-premise environment.

What do you dislike?

Rebooting time on some instances especially first tiers of small and nano instances can take substantial time to reboot.

You can't easily move the instances from one availability region to the other. You can create images, but the images don't appear in the other region. This might be improved in the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

EC2 containers auto-scalling or on-demand scalling, the huge range of OS options is totally amazing. This is where the industry is heading so it's a good consideration for your infrastructure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For the business EC2 container service has improved:

- Scaling takes now a few clicks.

- Provisioning time, seconds instead of months to get new equipment

- Reduced cost by using on-demand computing power, instead of paying for idle

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Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Vishal k.
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"Deploying Hadoop on Amazon EC2 with ease"

What do you like best?

Amazon provides what they advertise. They have various types of machines depending your requirement ranging from compute intensive machines to high IO machines. I created a 5 node Hadoop cluster with ease on Amazon EC2 nodes. They also have a lot prebuilt machines installed with all the required softwares/tools you need.

What do you dislike?

Amazon services are a little expensive than its competitor google cloud.You may not find a lot of options on google cloud as compared to Amazon but may cost you less. It would be great if machines computation/cost can be reduced during non-peak hours dynamically. There are some companies such as Qubole that reduces your computation cost by reducing the number of AWS machines when not needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend using Amazon EC2 services. You will be free from Server Administration tasks and worry about unplanned downtime of servers in peak hours. Easy to scale up as your company/project grows which will reduce your upfront investment on hardware. You can also compare it Google cloud services to reduce your implementation cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Amazon follows pay-per-use model whether its software, platform or infrastructure. Its a great way to build Proof of concepts without investing in a infrastructure that might not be sufficient later for your development needs. The services are elastic i.e. you can choose the type/number of machines as much as you need.

What Container Management solution do you use?

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Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Grant A.
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"Excellent product, need to know your stuff"

What do you like best?

AWS offers a dizzying array of options, features and configurations that make it easier to configure and deploy a VM than having to build it yourself from scratch. Pretty much any kind of OS you would want for a VM are available including several distros of Linux, Unix, Windows, Docker and more. A free tier is offered that allows you to use a micro instance for playing around/testing/small website, which is great way to offer a trail (as opposed to a time-based limit). In fact, many of AWS' offerings have a free tier that allow a good amount of play before any need of money. There is support for everything you'd expect such as multi-region deployment, load-balancing, monitoring, alerts, access security, firewall/network configuration, remote access through SSH or AWS CLI and more. Most importantly I would say is that because it's part of AWS, EC2s have access to all the other amazing offerings AWS provides such as AWS API messaging, lambda functions, dynamo databases, auto-scaling ElasticBeanstalks and more.

What do you dislike?

Because of the complexity and amount of options allowed, it can be intimidating/difficult to quickly spin up a new VM. Also, you have to be quite familiar with other AWS products to know how to get configurations just right. Also, sometimes it's difficult to know what may bump you into a paid-tier when you are evaluating a free-tier product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The EC2 container service from AWS is a great option for spinning up and running VMs and containers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With AWS EC2s there is no worry about running and managing our own servers, which helps with cost and monitoring, especially if something goes down. And being inside AWS there is easy access to wide host of tools and features we don't have to worry about installing, configuring, troubleshooting just to get it to work. If we want a feature or a component, we just select it and launch it.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Natalia K.
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"Reliable and supperts Docker"

What do you like best?

- There is a lot of documentation.

- Api is quite simple and easy to integrate with the build process

- Allows you to scale your containers up or down, so it meets your application's needs

- You can use Docker

- No extra charge

- Can be configured to use multiple Availability Zone

What do you dislike?

EC2 Container Service is tightly integrated with other Amazon services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to use and makes the life much easier when you need to automatically scale up or down the application. It is tightly integrated with AWS and even if the Amazon EC2 Container Service is free, it still cost a lot to run containers and other services.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is used for auto-scaling the existent projects.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by likitha j.
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"EC2 container service"

What do you like best?

the large amount of instances and programming tools they provide which make the work more scalable and elastic. applications on linux instances costs less than those on windows and also it helps in the overall costs.the best thing about EC2 is the version control and it does it in its own best way as follows:Closely coupled with the development environment Version control is the heart and soul of any source based application, and there's no reason not to put this on something like an EC2 server. The bandwidth usage is minimal. The guaranteed backed up aspect is a huge load off the restless mind, and the next time you have to run reports on the last three hundred and seventy five thousand revisions… it does not bring your real (or test) environment reaching to a rather annoying halt!

What do you dislike?

the cost and some things which makes some extra work and also covering the costs and allocating the resources on demand was tough. We should add our own security precautions like that on any server although it is with them and that's one of the main issues as we have to do the installation and maintenance of the features we installed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

use this first as a development environment i.e., experiment by all means and after you get full grip or figure out you know everything and also know how to do things with it then it would be lot better to use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

maintaining the code on the cloud with all the resources we need and allocating the resources based on the demand and cutting costs if in case of no demand by suppressing the resources temporarily

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Javier M.
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"A great way to store and deploy docker containers for cheap"

What do you like best?

I, first of all, I like the great price and compatibility with the millions of AWS products out there. The system works flawlessly and continuously, regardless of traffic, time of day, or any other factor.

My employer is delighted with the price, and I'm delighted with the flexibility and uptime.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the complexity and lack of user-friendliness required to deploy containers as a service, though I appreciate the flexibility this affords. I dislike the customized method for getting a "docker login" command, but I understand it's all for the security and flexibility of AWS identity management.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you find the options perplexing, you can always use it only as an image repository, way cheaper than the alternatives, and it allows you to have your own custom CI workflow. That's what we did in our company and we couldn't be happier with the end result, and the monthly bill.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We host a great part of our business infrastructure there, from running some services to a simple private docker image hosting. We deployed our own custom continuous integration platform by using various components from AWS EC2 Container Service.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Prayash M.
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"Cheap and Easy to scalable, Not so easy to use"

What do you like best?

Best things are that you can create a cluster out of spot instances, easily scale the instances in the cluster and the containers (tasks) in the service depending on CloudWatch alarms. Easy integration to CloudWatch logs. Options to choose between various deployment strategies like AZ, Binpack.

What do you dislike?

ECR has no way to edit tags from the console. And the only way to update the service is to create a new revision of task definition, which gets cluttered very soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There doesn't seem to be flexible, easy to scale and cheaper alternative to this. Especially if you use AWS for other workloads.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Containerized deployment of applications. Scaling them.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Vamshi P.
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"Powerful yet simple cloud provider"

What do you like best?

1. Makes it so easy to bring up an instance. It takes under 30 seconds to bring up a working ec2 machine which is just awesome!

2. Wide range of memory and compute configurations to choose from.

3. per second billing, pay only for what you use.

What do you dislike?

1. Amazon web services has a really outdated UI.

2. With azure coming up with more cost effective plans, AWS need to innovate further.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our company we use EC2 to bring up instances and run Hadoop and Spark. Instances like r3.4xlarge are exceptional if you want to a powerful cluster

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Ryan C.
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"Great for low use archiving "

What do you like best?

Large, cheap, and limitless storage that can be used for any purpose.

What do you dislike?

Latency/speeds to retrieve or upload large amounts of data especially large data output (crash logs) from alpha and beta test programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Segregate your containers by use instead of trying to sort the data manually.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The EC2 container service was used primarily to hold our crash dump log data in addition to general employee cloud storage. The cloud storage was for non-video storage including always-accessible document storage.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Consultant in Real Estate
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"Easy to use! Can be pricy in small batches"

What do you like best?

Super easy to start up. Trial period is friendly enough and gives you a good idea of what you can do scale wise. Interface for launching is quite easy and accessing and integration was simple enough (for what we had to do anyways). There is a TON of documentation written by amazon itself and more courses are getting added to Udemy, Coursera, pluralsight, etc.

What do you dislike?

Small-medium stuff can be super expensive and not worth it compared to other solutions. I would say try to keep it super small or scale big to get a better deal. But it is on a “month to month” basis for most of the stuff so you can assess as you go if you don’t mind investing time into a pilot

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out! There’s a ton of tutorials and free or cheap trials you can use to see if it would work for you

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Individual governed websites, repos, environments for different users.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Mohammed G.
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"Sr. Software Developer"

What do you like best?

AWS Service is really easy to use and solve all the problems related to the infrastructure. We are already using AWS for EC2 storage and routing.

What do you dislike?

AWS is extremely functional, but its not reliable sometimes because it crashes and doesnt account for the loss.Additional level of virtualization, kills performance

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Run services on demand, without the need for managing servers.

Application deployment and with this service I reduced all the problem linked with infrastructure failure.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Administrator in Computer & Network Security
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"ECS is a top of the line reliable and easy to use container service for a project of any scale"

What do you like best?

This AWS service is very easy to get started and get it working. very robust and offers all the necessary insights expected from a service such as this

What do you dislike?

The monitoring integration/capability of this service is very bad, unless I have custom cloudwatch monitoring in place, which is tedious at times. Need better inbuilt monitoring and logging features to make it the best in class

Recommendations to others considering the product

Better monitoring features and more metrics for both ECS/EC2 and ECS/fargate needed

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Loadtesting backend and scaling web service loads

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Michael R.
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"The only containerised solution for the AWS ecosystem"

What do you like best?

Integrates seamlessly with Elastic Beanstalk - providing a simple and effective containerised deployment solution.

Reliable and predictable when setup and working.

What do you dislike?

Slow to startup, can be very difficult to debug startup issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Part of our automated CI/CD solution. Allows easy blue/green deployments

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Internet
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"Easy to use compute resource"

What do you like best?

It's easy to set up and use. I don't like the max price bidding system but if you're already using the AWS system this is probably the easiest to set up and use.

What do you dislike?

Needs more diversity in the EC2 instances offered. I feel like this service could be cheaper. You need to be comfortabe with using the command line ,ssh, bash and writing shell scripts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use EC2 containers and Amazon ELB's to service our web applications.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"portability without think about infrastructure"

What do you like best?

One of the problem using containers is the difficulty in use it in production. Install a cluster high available can be a very big problem. This AWS Service is really easy to use and solve all the problems related to the infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

I would like a best integration in AWS. For example: create custom images, can save them on S3 and use them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best implementation if you don't want to have infrastructure problems

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With this service I reduced all the problem linked with infrastructure failure.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Consultant in Automotive
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"Great for Cloud deployments"

What do you like best?

Makes it easy to scale and deploy containers on VMs.

What do you dislike?

Requires some maintenance, but you can opt to use Fargate if you want to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend as a starting point for migrating software to the cloud

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting software deployed in containers is what ECS is suited for.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Administrator
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"Excellent for Data Science Projects"

What do you like best?

Very quick to spin up and highly configurable

What do you dislike?

For large data projects, price and speed don't always scale

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Docker containers to support our Spark needs. The quick out of the box solution has minimized our time performing slow software installs and otherwise being overly dependent on IT.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Stephanie D.
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"Amazon "

What do you like best?

Amazon has always put on customers first I love all the different products applications and sectors of the business

What do you dislike?

Amazon has always been one of my favorite apps, they always put the customer first.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Automotive
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"Must have"

What do you like best?

The flexible container placement feature is amazing. We have automated a variety of processes and can monitor it easily.

What do you dislike?

It was a bit time consuming to transition to this system and train other team members.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go ahead! You might face people opposing and thinking why do you need it, but once your shift, the team will love it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A bunch of script based testing for our software is done on EC2 clusters.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Administrator
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"Solution for Close to No-Ops"

What do you like best?

Very easy to setup, AWS provides lots of defaults that are easy to setup if you don't mind AWS tool chain.

What do you dislike?

AWS ECS revolves around AWS tools. If you want to setup any external solution it's going to be hard. (e.g. load balancer best with ALB, logs best with Cloudwatch, etc.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider K8s, unless you want to be forced to use AWS Tools for everything.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Container Orchestration

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Unintuitive interface, but useful software"

What do you like best?

After getting my container setup, it was easy to build my service on top of it.

What do you dislike?

The interface isn't particularly great. Some of the controls do not provide adequate feedback.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been using EC2 Containers to improve the maintainability of my software and ease deployment. I was previously using non-containerized solutions that were complex. I've managed to save a lot of time going this route.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Computer Software
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"EC2 is powerful, but a bit too advaned for the average use case."

What do you like best?

I like that it's very powerful and has a lot of controls and features.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that the navigation workflow is clunky. It makes it difficult to find exactly what I'm looking for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used it for hosting various services and APIs.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Bryan J.
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"Happy with it"

What do you like best?

Easy maintenance, don't need to manage the boxes individually. Free scaling.

What do you dislike?

Don't have pas much control over the systems as I would like to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less maintenance cost

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Computer & Network Security
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"The leader !!! "

What do you like best?

Amazon EC2 supports Docker containers and lets you run applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances

What do you dislike?

The cost associated in using Amazon EC2

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of our cloud products are hosted on AWS. EC2 encourages scalable deployment of applications by providing a web service through which a user can boot an Amazon Machine Image to configure a VM.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Not the cheapest, but a solid offering from AWS"

What do you like best?

We are already using AWS for EC2 storage and routing, so we were able to get started quickly.

What do you dislike?

AWS has a console that is extremely functional, but there is a steep learning curve learning how to navigate and manage your resources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to be able to run services on demand, without the need for managing distinct servers.

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Internet
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"Amazon EC2"

What do you like best?

a) ease of setting it up

b) lower cost than buying a new server

c) easy to reboot, take snapshots

What do you dislike?

a) Not entirely reliable, sometimes it can crash

b) more expensive than google cloud

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it is very easy to use for any project, like hosting a app or running ML models

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by User in Financial Services
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"Amazon EC2 "

What do you like best?

Powerful and has a lot of features if you know what you are doing. Fairly easy to get going.

What do you dislike?

Bit of a learning curve and it seems to be slow at times

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go through tutorials and AWS training before

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Can quickly create new clusters and cheaper than owning own servers

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Does what it's supposed to to"

What do you like best?

Simplicity of setting up like all AWS services

What do you dislike?

Additional level of virtualization, kills performance

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try by yourself and measure everything

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Application deployment

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