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".
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.