Elastic Container Service (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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AWS ECS review by <span>Armando L.</span>
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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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AWS ECS review by <span>Vishal k.</span>
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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.

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AWS ECS review by <span>Grant A.</span>
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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.

AWS ECS review by <span>Natalia K.</span>
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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.

AWS ECS review by <span>likitha j.</span>
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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

AWS ECS review by <span>Javier M.</span>
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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.

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