Amazon EC2 Container Service vs Azure Kubernetes Service

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Amazon EC2 Container Service vs Azure Kubernetes Service: What are the differences?

Amazon EC2 Container Service: Container management service that supports Docker containers. Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles; Azure Kubernetes Service: Simplify Kubernetes management, deployment, and operations. Fully managed Kubernetes container orchestration service on Microsoft Azure.

Amazon EC2 Container Service and Azure Kubernetes Service belong to "Containers as a Service" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Amazon EC2 Container Service are:

  • Docker Compatibility
  • Managed Clusters
  • Programmatic Control

On the other hand, Azure Kubernetes Service provides the following key features:

  • Deploy and manage Kubernetes with ease
  • Scale and run applications with confidence
  • Secure your Kubernetes environment

Instacart, Coursera, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use Amazon EC2 Container Service, whereas Azure Kubernetes Service is used by Cuemby, Veris, and Universal Electronics Inc.. Amazon EC2 Container Service has a broader approval, being mentioned in 794 company stacks & 391 developers stacks; compared to Azure Kubernetes Service, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon EC2 Container Service and Azure Kubernetes Service
Andres Paredes
Lead Senior Software Engineer at InTouch Technology · | 3 upvotes · 49.1K views

If you want to integrate your cluster and control end to end your pipeline with AWS tools like ECR and Code Pipeline your best option is ECS using a EC2 instance. There are pros and cons but it's easier to integrate using cloud formation templates and visual UI for approvals, etc. ECS is free, you need to pay only for the EC2 instance but unfortunately, it is not standard then you cannot use standard tools to see and manage your Kubernetes. EKS in the other hand uses standard Kubernates definitions but you need to pay for the service and also for the EC2 instance(s) you have in your cluster.

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    What is Amazon EC2 Container Service?

    Amazon EC2 Container Service lets you launch and stop container-enabled applications with simple API calls, allows you to query the state of your cluster from a centralized service, and gives you access to many familiar Amazon EC2 features like security groups, EBS volumes and IAM roles.

    What is Azure Kubernetes Service?

    Deploy and manage containerized applications more easily with a fully managed Kubernetes service. It offers serverless Kubernetes, an integrated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) experience, and enterprise-grade security and governance. Unite your development and operations teams on a single platform to rapidly build, deliver, and scale applications with confidence.

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    What are some alternatives to Amazon EC2 Container Service and Azure Kubernetes Service?
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
    Google Kubernetes Engine
    Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machine cluster, scaling your application, and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.
    Amazon EKS
    Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to install and operate your own Kubernetes clusters.
    AWS Fargate
    AWS Fargate is a technology for Amazon ECS and EKS* that allows you to run containers without having to manage servers or clusters. With AWS Fargate, you no longer have to provision, configure, and scale clusters of virtual machines to run containers.
    Docker for AWS
    An integrated, easy-to-deploy environment for building, assembling, and shipping applications on AWS, Docker for AWS is a native AWS application optimized to take optimal advantage of the underlying AWS IaaS services while giving you a modern Docker platform that you can use to deploy portable apps.
    See all alternatives