When starting to work on a project, whether it is developing a mobile application or a web page, the developer makes use of containers to execute and test different tasks that will be used for the operation of the project in development. Amazon ECS is one of the most used and popular in the world.
As defined on their website “Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a fast and highly scalable container management service. You can use it to run, stop, and manage containers in a cluster. With Amazon ECS, your containers are defined in a task definition that you use to run an individual task or a task within a service."
This makes Amazon ECS one of the most used container management services among developers, its features and multiple functions make it adaptable for all types of projects, even the user can execute their tasks and services in a serverless infrastructure managed by AWS Fargate. Alternatively, for more control over your infrastructure, you can run your tasks and services on a cluster of Amazon EC2 instances that you manage.
Amazon ECS features
On the official page of this technology, they listed the most important features and functions of Amazon ECS and we mention them to you:
A serverless option with AWS Fargate. With AWS Fargate, you don't need to manage servers, manage capacity planning, or isolate container workloads for security purposes. Fargate handles the infrastructure management aspects of your workload for you.
Integration with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). You can assign granular permissions for each of your containers. This allows for a high level of isolation when building your applications.
AWS Managed Container Orchestration. As a fully managed service, Amazon ECS comes with AWS configuration and operational best practices built in. This also means you don't need to manage the control plane, nodes, or plugins.
Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). This is a common process for microservice architectures that are based on Docker containers.
Support for service discovery. With service discovery, your microservice components are automatically discovered as they are built and terminated on a given infrastructure.
Support for sending your container instance log information to CloudWatch Logs. After you send this information to Amazon CloudWatch, you can view the logs for your container instances in one convenient location. This prevents your container logs from taking up disk space on your container instances.
Deploying Amazon ECS in a project
Amazon ECS technology can be used in various ways within a project, always adjusting to the needs of the developer or customer. These are the most common ways Amazon ECS is applied:
For microservices, these are a type of software programming where applications are broken down into smaller, more independent elements.
To assist in website development.
Within video representation services.
In machine learning projects, this is a "type of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables software applications to be more accurate in predicting outcomes without being explicitly programmed to do so," according to Techtarget's definition.
Allows the use of AWS Batch to batch tasks across containers.
These are the most common ways in which the use of Amazon ECS is implemented within a software project, whether it is in the development of a web page or the creation and update of a mobile application.