Amazon EC2 Container Service vs Google Kubernetes Engine

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Amazon EC2 Container Service vs Google Kubernetes Engine: 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; Google Kubernetes Engine: Deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications on Kubernetes, powered by Google Cloud. 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 EC2 Container Service and Google Kubernetes Engine can be categorized as "Containers as a Service" tools.

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

  • Docker Compatibility
  • Managed Clusters
  • Programmatic Control

On the other hand, Google Kubernetes Engine provides the following key features:

  • Docker support - Improve the predictability of your deployments with Docker containers. Containers make it easy to deploy applications across environments.
  • Better ops - Give ops a better system, starting with a managed compute cluster. Container Engine takes care of provisioning and maintaining the underlying virtual machines and operational logistics like logging, monitoring, and health management.
  • Declarative management - Use declarative syntax to define your application requirements. Container Engine will actively manage your application, ensuring your containers are running and scheduling additional as needed.

"Backed by amazon" is the top reason why over 97 developers like Amazon EC2 Container Service, while over 15 developers mention "Powered by kubernetes" as the leading cause for choosing Google Kubernetes Engine.

According to the StackShare community, Amazon EC2 Container Service has a broader approval, being mentioned in 794 company stacks & 391 developers stacks; compared to Google Kubernetes Engine, which is listed in 184 company stacks and 50 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon EC2 Container Service and Google Kubernetes Engine
Vladyslav Holubiev
Software Enginieer at Shelf · | 4 upvotes · 3.2K views

Back in 2018, we were running microservices in the ECS cluster by managing EC2 instances ourselves. It involved lots of toil work.

Without Fargate we had to maintain & monitor a pool of spot instances, choose the right size of instances, keep OS up-to-date, etc.

We want to ship features, not to manage servers. That's why as soon as AWS Fargate was announced, we migrated our microservices to this managed service. The only configuration you need is Docker image, RAM & CPU resources. The rest of the heavy lifting is taken care of by Fargate, which is wonderful.

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Andres Paredes
Lead Senior Software Engineer at InTouch Technology · | 3 upvotes · 62.1K 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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Pros of Amazon EC2 Container Service
Pros of Google Kubernetes Engine
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    Backed by amazon
  • 72
    Familiar to ec2
  • 53
    Cluster based
  • 42
    Simple API
  • 26
    Iam roles
  • 7
    Scheduler
  • 7
    Cluster management
  • 7
    Programmatic Control
  • 4
    Socker support
  • 4
    Container-enabled applications
  • 2
    No additional cost
  • 1
    Easy to use and cheap
  • 17
    Backed by Google
  • 17
    Powered by kubernetes
  • 12
    Docker
  • 11
    Scalable
  • 6
    Open source
  • 2
    Command line interface is intuitive
  • 2
    Decoupled app
  • 1
    Provisioning
  • 1
    Declarative management

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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 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.

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What are some alternatives to Amazon EC2 Container Service and Google Kubernetes Engine?
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.
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.
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.
Hyper
Hyper.sh is a secure container hosting service. What makes it different from AWS (Amazon Web Services) is that you don't start servers, but start docker images directly from Docker Hub or other registries.
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