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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.

What is Orchard?

Use Docker to run anything you can think of in 2 seconds flat without having to setup or manage servers.
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            What are some alternatives to Amazon EC2 Container Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Orchard?
            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
            Fully managed Kubernetes container orchestration service on Microsoft Azure.
            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.
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            Decisions about Amazon EC2 Container Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Orchard
            Russel Werner
            Russel Werner
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            Heroku
            Heroku
            Kubernetes
            Kubernetes
            Amazon EKS
            Amazon EKS
            Google Kubernetes Engine
            Google Kubernetes Engine
            Slack
            Slack
            Helm
            Helm
            CircleCI
            CircleCI
            Amazon EC2 Container Service
            Amazon EC2 Container Service

            We began our hosting journey, as many do, on Heroku because they make it easy to deploy your application and automate some of the routine tasks associated with deployments, etc. However, as our team grew and our product matured, our needs have outgrown Heroku. I will dive into the history and reasons for this in a future blog post.

            We decided to migrate our infrastructure to Kubernetes running on Amazon EKS. Although Google Kubernetes Engine has a slightly more mature Kubernetes offering and is more user-friendly; we decided to go with EKS because we already using other AWS services (including a previous migration from Heroku Postgres to AWS RDS). We are still in the process of moving our main website workloads to EKS, however we have successfully migrate all our staging and testing PR apps to run in a staging cluster. We developed a Slack chatops application (also running in the cluster) which automates all the common tasks of spinning up and managing a production-like cluster for a pull request. This allows our engineering team to iterate quickly and safely test code in a full production environment. Helm plays a central role when deploying our staging apps into the cluster. We use CircleCI to build docker containers for each PR push, which are then published to Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECR). An upgrade-operator process watches the ECR repository for new containers and then uses Helm to rollout updates to the staging environments. All this happens automatically and makes it really easy for developers to get code onto servers quickly. The immutable and isolated nature of our staging environments means that we can do anything we want in that environment and quickly re-create or restore the environment to start over.

            The next step in our journey is to migrate our production workloads to an EKS cluster and build out the CD workflows to get our containers promoted to that cluster after our QA testing is complete in our staging environments.

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            Reviews of Amazon EC2 Container Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Orchard
            Review ofGoogle Kubernetes EngineGoogle Kubernetes Engine

            Since it is mostly backed by Kubernetes, GCE looks really promising. I did run into some fuzzy bugs as I did expect with Alpha.

            I recommend giving it a lab-test-try and engage in discussion about Kubernetes.

            How developers use Amazon EC2 Container Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Orchard
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            CloudRepo uses Amazon EC2 Container ServiceAmazon EC2 Container Service

            We use the container service so that we can deploy our application services with Dockerfiles, so that we can test locally and deploy to AWS simply.

            Additionally, the ability to scale containers and have them automatically restart in case of failure is very helpful to our operations.

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            Adminout uses Amazon EC2 Container ServiceAmazon EC2 Container Service

            We use the EC2 registry for secure private container registration. When used in combination with I AM roles we can control customer access to repos on and individual basis.

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            SocialCops uses Amazon EC2 Container ServiceAmazon EC2 Container Service

            Amazon EC2 is our primary application hosting solution. Most applications are not exposed on the internet and use a virtually private cloud to interact with each other.

            Avatar of Brandon Adams
            Brandon Adams uses Amazon EC2 Container ServiceAmazon EC2 Container Service

            With a little forethought, ECS can handle a good portion of my development stack as though it were production. 12 Factor configuration makes this a breeze.

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            Thomas Zickell uses Amazon EC2 Container ServiceAmazon EC2 Container Service

            I don't like AWS BUT Pagely's VPS-3 makes it work. I still use FireHost for most things

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            papaver uses Google Kubernetes EngineGoogle Kubernetes Engine

            used this when setting up the kubernetes infrastructure for a client.

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            Japan Digital Design uses Google Kubernetes EngineGoogle Kubernetes Engine

            Our developer experience system is on Google Kubernetes Engine.

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