Amazon EC2 Container Service vs ngrok: 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; ngrok: Securely expose a local web server to the internet and capture all traffic for detailed inspection and replay. ngrok is a reverse proxy that creates a secure tunnel between from a public endpoint to a locally running web service. ngrok captures and analyzes all traffic over the tunnel for later inspection and replay.
Amazon EC2 Container Service belongs to "Containers as a Service" category of the tech stack, while ngrok can be primarily classified under "localhost Tools".
Some of the features offered by Amazon EC2 Container Service are:
- Docker Compatibility
- Managed Clusters
- Programmatic Control
On the other hand, ngrok provides the following key features:
- Expose any http service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a subdomain of ngrok.com
- Expose any tcp service behind a NAT or firewall to the internet on a random port of ngrok.com
- Inspect all http requests/responses that are transmitted over the tunnel
"Backed by amazon" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon EC2 Container Service over the competitors, whereas "Easy to use" was stated as the key factor in picking ngrok.
ngrok is an open source tool with 16.5K GitHub stars and 2.87K GitHub forks. Here's a link to ngrok's open source repository on GitHub.
Instacart, Coursera, and Intuit are some of the popular companies that use Amazon EC2 Container Service, whereas ngrok is used by Bannerman, a2c systems, and F.biz. Amazon EC2 Container Service has a broader approval, being mentioned in 794 company stacks & 391 developers stacks; compared to ngrok, which is listed in 26 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.
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