Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:33

AWS announces Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes


Global public cloud provider Amazon Web Services kicked off its annual conference announcing a new elasticised Kubernetes service.

Appropriating the lyrics from Lauryn Hill, “everything is everything,” said Andy Jassy, AWS chief executive, delivering the opening keynote today at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas.

“‘Everything is everything’ might sound redundant or nonsensical,” he said, “but if you listen to the words in Lauryn Hill’s song it’s really profound. People shouldn’t have to suffer indignities on the way to equality.”

Technology and civil rights aren’t quite equal battles, Jassy noted, but added “when you are choosing the infrastructure platform you are building your company on, it’s important to make the right choice. It can really relate to your survival".

“When developers move their applications to the cloud, they don’t want to settle for a fraction of the leader; they don’t want less than their peers, because ‘everything is everything’,” he said.

Jassy explained AWS offers its an elastic container service, known as ECS, which was built from the ground-up to be deeply integrated with the entire AWS platform. It scales to support clusters and applications of any size, and offers service integrations at the container level.

Despite offering its own container product, AWS has observed a lot of its customers have become interested in Kubernetes, an open-source container technology, in the last 18 to 24 months.

“Sixty-three percent of Kubernetes in the cloud runs on AWS,” Jassy stated.

“Yet, for customers who want to run Kubernetes on top of AWS there is a lot of work to do,” he said. “You have to manage high availability, load balancing and all this work yourself.”

At least, you did.

To simplify Kubernetes deployment and management, Jassy announced the release of Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes, or EKS.


He said the advantages of EKS over managing your own Kubernetes deployment are that it is hybrid cloud available; it’s highly available and can be deployed to multiple availability zones; it comes with automated upgrades and patches; and it integrates with AWS services. In essence, EKS brings Kubernetes to AWS as a first-class citizen, providing all the scalability and functionality of a native Amazon product.

Additionally, Jassy announced the release of AWS Fargate, a simplified tool to deploy and manage containers without having to manage servers, and which supports both ECS and EKS equally.

AWS Fargate offers a means for developers to focus on deploying containers related to tasks without having to think about servers. Fargate will provision and manage the underlying infrastructure by itself, including auto-scaling.

“‘Everything is everything’,” Jassy said, “With EKS and AWS Fargate you can choose a container service and run it without managing servers.”

The writer has been attending AWS re:Invent 2017 as a guest of the company.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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