AWS Copilot vs Kubernetes

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Kubernetes vs AWS Copilot: What are the differences?

Kubernetes: Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. 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; AWS Copilot: A tool for developers to build, release and operate production ready containerized applications. It is a tool for developers to develop, release, and operate production-ready containerized applications on Amazon ECS. From getting started, pushing to staging and releasing to production, Copilot can help manage the entire lifecycle of your application development.

Kubernetes and AWS Copilot can be categorized as "Container" tools.

Some of the features offered by Kubernetes are:

  • Lightweight, simple and accessible
  • Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
  • Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable

On the other hand, AWS Copilot provides the following key features:

  • Organize all your related micro-services in one application
  • Set up test and production environments, across regions and accounts
  • Set up production-ready, scalable ECS services and infrastructure

Kubernetes is an open source tool with 68.3K GitHub stars and 24.6K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kubernetes's open source repository on GitHub.

Decisions about AWS Copilot and Kubernetes
Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 29 upvotes · 5M views

Our whole DevOps stack consists of the following tools:

  • GitHub (incl. GitHub Pages/Markdown for Documentation, GettingStarted and HowTo's) for collaborative review and code management tool
  • Respectively Git as revision control system
  • SourceTree as Git GUI
  • Visual Studio Code as IDE
  • CircleCI for continuous integration (automatize development process)
  • Prettier / TSLint / ESLint as code linter
  • SonarQube as quality gate
  • Docker as container management (incl. Docker Compose for multi-container application management)
  • VirtualBox for operating system simulation tests
  • Kubernetes as cluster management for docker containers
  • Heroku for deploying in test environments
  • nginx as web server (preferably used as facade server in production environment)
  • SSLMate (using OpenSSL) for certificate management
  • Amazon EC2 (incl. Amazon S3) for deploying in stage (production-like) and production environments
  • PostgreSQL as preferred database system
  • Redis as preferred in-memory database/store (great for caching)

The main reason we have chosen Kubernetes over Docker Swarm is related to the following artifacts:

  • Key features: Easy and flexible installation, Clear dashboard, Great scaling operations, Monitoring is an integral part, Great load balancing concepts, Monitors the condition and ensures compensation in the event of failure.
  • Applications: An application can be deployed using a combination of pods, deployments, and services (or micro-services).
  • Functionality: Kubernetes as a complex installation and setup process, but it not as limited as Docker Swarm.
  • Monitoring: It supports multiple versions of logging and monitoring when the services are deployed within the cluster (Elasticsearch/Kibana (ELK), Heapster/Grafana, Sysdig cloud integration).
  • Scalability: All-in-one framework for distributed systems.
  • Other Benefits: Kubernetes is backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), huge community among container orchestration tools, it is an open source and modular tool that works with any OS.
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Pros of AWS Copilot
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      Leading docker container management solution
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      Simple and powerful
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      Open source
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      Backed by google
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      The right abstractions
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      Scale services
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      Replication controller
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      Permission managment
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      Simple
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      Cheap
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      Supports autoscaling
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      Reliable
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      Self-healing
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      No cloud platform lock-in
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      Quick cloud setup
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      Open, powerful, stable
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      Scalable
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      Captain of Container Ship
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      A self healing environment with rich metadata
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      Cloud Agnostic
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      Runs on azure
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      Backed by Red Hat
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      Custom and extensibility
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    Cons of AWS Copilot
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        Poor workflow for development
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        Steep learning curve
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        Orchestrates only infrastructure
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        High resource requirements for on-prem clusters
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        Too heavy for simple systems
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        Additional vendor lock-in (Docker)
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        More moving parts to secure
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      What is AWS Copilot?

      It is a tool for developers to develop, release, and operate production-ready containerized applications on Amazon ECS. From getting started, pushing to staging and releasing to production, Copilot can help manage the entire lifecycle of your application development.

      What is 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.

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      Docker Compose
      With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running.
      Spring Cloud
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      Swarm serves the standard Docker API, so any tool which already communicates with a Docker daemon can use Swarm to transparently scale to multiple hosts: Dokku, Compose, Krane, Deis, DockerUI, Shipyard, Drone, Jenkins... and, of course, the Docker client itself.
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