Amazon Launches EKS And AWS Fargate

Cloud Containers

One of the biggest announcements from the recently concluded AWS re:Invent 2017 event was the introduction of new container capabilities for the Amazon cloud platform.

We finally have the details on Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS) and AWS Fargate, and both these new arrivals complement the existing Amazon Elastic Container Service, more commonly known as Amazon ECS.

Both these introductions make it easier for cloud users to deploy, manage, and scale container workloads on AWS.

Deepak Singh, GM of containers and high-performance computing services at AWS provided the details on these new additions, revealing the various improvements the company has made on this front:

“While we have over a hundred thousand active Amazon ECS clusters running on AWS and more customers running Kubernetes on AWS than on any other cloud, customers have also asked us to build a managed Kubernetes service like we have with Amazon ECS. We’ve also made managed containers easier to use than ever before by launching AWS Fargate to allow developers to run containers at the task level rather than having to think about servers or clusters.”

That’s an impressive customer growth of 400% since 2016, by the way.

By launching Amazon EKS Amazon has brought Kubernetes to AWS as a managed service, in the hopes of making it easier for users to run Kubernetes applications on Amazon Web Services without the hassle of operating Kubernetes clusters.

The cloud leader has also introduced a new capability that it is calling AWS Fargate, and this is designed to enable customers to launch and run containers without provisioning or managing servers or clusters.

AWS Fargate is already available for Amazon ECS now, and is set to arrive for Amazon EKS in 2018.