Introduction to EC2 Container Service

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Benjamin Wootton - co-founder and Principal Consultant at Contino - aims in this article to introduce ECS and provide a walk-through example for deploying your first container cluster.

EC2 Container Service (ECS) is a new service from Amazon Web Services (AWS). ECS is aimed at making it easier to work with Docker containers, providing a clustering and orchestration layer for controlling the deployment of your containers onto hosts, and the subsequent management of the containers lifecycle within a cluster.

Designing robust and performant distributed clustering systems is notoriously difficult, so tools such as Kubernetes and Swarm give us that capability without having to build it ourselves. ECS takes this one step further by taking away the need to setup, run and administer the orchestration layer.

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