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Building Kubernetes-Ready Applications: Experience Docker on AWS Fargate

AWS Fargate is Amazon Cloud’s unique serverless computing engine designed for Containerization on Amazon ECS and EKS.

Modern app building and UX management platform Docker has partnered with the world’s renowned Cloud company, Amazon Web Services (AWS). The strategic alliance would enable DevOps teams to build and deliver modern apps in the Cloud– on-prem, hybrid, or multi-Cloud. With AWS coming straight to Docker, users from the DevOps community can focus entirely on app development, streamlining the lifecycle management with Containerization in the local Cloud environment.

What is Amazon ECS on AWS Fargate?

We are slowly moving into two environments in Cloud infrastructure management-

  • Serverless Computing
  • Virtualized Computing

AWS Fargate is Amazon Cloud’s unique serverless computing engine designed for Containerization on Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). With Fargate, app-building moves into a dynamic pricing model where you pay for ‘resources per application”, thus reducing the cost of deployment and operation, even as security benchmarks are met through isolated environment management.

In simple words, AWS Fargate will empower any user to deploy, manage and migrate through containers without truly investing in the whole Cloud infrastructure— a highly competitive option if you are looking for fast, scalable, flexi-pricing dedicated services with integrated built-in tools.

aws fargate
AWS Fargate

Key Features of AWS-Docker Partnership

– Docker Compose, Docker Desktop, and Docker Hub can host apps on Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate

– Integrated, user-friendly experience in the Cloud

– Native integration to target Amazon ECS for multi-container deployments

– Simplified app DevOps workflow in running Cloud-native apps

– Accelerated app development and AWS security with knowledge management about Docker and pre-defined apps on Compose

Containerized Applications Restrict Bottlenecks with Improved Agility and Efficiency

At the time of this announcement, Docker CEO Scott Johnston explained why the DevOps community would enjoy working in a newly-designed powerful platform on AWS.

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Scott Johnston says, “This (running Docker on AWS) experience allows developers to work locally and take the same experience into production-scale cloud service with Amazon ECS, reducing the span of knowledge needed and accelerating their time to production.”

Docker Desktop
Docker Desktop, via Docker website

Deepak Singh, VP Compute Services, at AWS, adds, “Now customers can easily deploy their containerized applications from their local Docker environment straight to Amazon ECS. This accelerated path to modern application development and deployment allows customers to focus more effort on the unique value of their applications, and less time on figuring out how to deploy to the Cloud.”

AWS integration was key to Docker’s roadmap. It is known worldwide for being one of the simplest Containerization capabilities. Docker and Compose have been empowering developers to move from desktop to Cloud seamlessly. Now with Amazon Web Services, Docker Compose users could simply switch to Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) with AWS Fargate.

What is Docker Compose?

Compose by Docker is a powerful Docker application that enables a developer to define and run multi-Container applications in an isolated environment without losing interaction.

Docker Compose is easy to use by virtue of its ability to host and manage multiple isolated environments on a single platform. This helps in preserving Big Data during the migration process from old to new Containers. With Compose, data created in volumes is never lost– a feature that allows any app development team to retain and reuse existing containers even in the newly-changed environment.

Fun fact: You can use JSON instead of YAML for Docker Compose file.

Reason: Yaml is the superset of JSON.

docker-compose -f docker-compose.json up

What is Docker Desktop?

Desktop is an application specifically build for Windows and MacOS. Docker Dekstop enables the app builders to host and share a variety of containerized applications, tools, and micro-services on any desktop. It auto-syncs with Docker Engines to extend your app development environment in a secured Cloud network, language, and framework.

This is a link to how Docker Compose works!

In short, with Docker Desktop, you can still see straight through complexities offsetting up Virtual Machines (VMs).

Now, with Docker Compose, Desktop and AWS Fargate on ECS coming together under one operational umbrella, users can build kubernetes-ready apps on any machine and in any environment of their choice at a fraction of cost.

Source: Docker

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