Containers such as Docker, FreeBSD Jails, and many more, are a substantial way for developers to develop and deploy their applications. Also, with container orchestration solutions such as Amazon ECS and EKS (Kubernetes), developers can easily manage and scale these containers, thus enabling them to perform other activities quickly. However, in spite of these management solutions at hand, one also has to take an account of the infrastructure maintenance, its availability, capacity and so on which are added tasks. AWS Fargate eases out these tasks and streamlines all deployments for you, resulting in faster completion of deliverables.
At the Re:Invent in November 2017, AWS launched Fargate, a technology which enables one to manage containers without having to worry about managing the container infrastructure underneath. AWS Fargate comes to your rescue here. It is an easy way to deploy your containers on AWS.
One can start using Fargate on ECS or EKS, try processes and workloads and later migrate workloads to Fargate. It eliminates most of the management such as placement of resources, scheduling, scaling, and so on, which is a requirement for containers. All you have to do is,
- Build your container image,
- Specify the CPU and memory requirements,
- Define your networking and IAM policies, and
- Launch your container application
Some key benefits of AWS Fargate
- It allows developers to focus on design, development, and deployment of applications. This eliminates the need to manage a cluster of Amazon EC2 instances.
- One can easily scale applications using Fargate. Once, the application requirements such as CPU, memory, and so on are defined, Fargate manages effective scaling and infrastructure needed to make containers highly-available.
- One can launch thousands of containers in no time and easily scale them to run most of the mission-critical applications.
- AWS Fargate is integrated with Amazon ECS and EKS. Fargate launches and manages containers once CPU and memory needed, IAM policies that container needs are defined and uploaded to Amazon ECS.
- With Fargate, one gets flexible configuration options that matches one’s applications’ needs. Also, one pays on the basis of per-second granularity.
Adoption of Container management as a trend is steadily increasing. Kubernetes, at present, is one of the popular and most used containerized application management platforms. However, users and developers are often confused about who the best Kubernetes provider is. Microsoft and Google have their managed Kubernetes services, but AWS Fargate provides an added ease to Amazon’s EKS (Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes) by eliminating the hassle of container infrastructure management.
Read more about AWS Fargate on AWS’ official website.