AWS Ramps Up Container Capabilities, Offering Bare Metal Service

AWS has announced two new container capabilities—Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and AWS Fargate Amazon EKS. The two new arrivals complement its existing Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and are intended to make it easier to deploy, manage, and scale container workloads on AWS.

Amazon EKS brings Kubernetes to AWS as a managed service, intended to make it easy for customers to run Kubernetes applications on AWS without the need to become experts in operating Kubernetes clusters. AWS also introduced a new capability called AWS Fargate, designed to enable customers to launch and run containers without provisioning or managing servers or clusters. AWS Fargate is available for Amazon ECS now and will be coming to Amazon EKS in 2018.

“While we have over a hundred thousand active Amazon ECS clusters running on AWS and more customers running Kubernetes on AWS than on any other cloud, customers have also asked us to build a managed Kubernetes service like we have with Amazon ECS,” said Deepak Singh, GM of containers and high performance computing services at AWS. “We’ve also made managed containers easier to use than ever before by launching AWS Fargate to allow developers to run containers at the task level rather than having to think about servers or clusters.”

AWS says its customers are running virtually every type of container orchestration and management service on AWS. Amazon EKS automatically distributes Kubernetes masters across multiple AZs to eliminate a single point of failure. This makes it easy for customers to deploy their applications in a highly available fashion.

AWS also announced a new Bare Metal instance offering for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and introduced a new Storage Optimized instance family (H1 instances). The new H1 Storage Optimized instances are designed for data-intensive workloads such as MapReduce, distributed file systems, network file systems, log or data processing, and big data clusters. AWS also launched the next generation of General Purpose instances, M5, which have up to 50 percent more vCPUs, 50 percent more memory, and 25 percent more network bandwidth than previous generation M4 instances.

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