In this episode, Paul Duvall speaks with Stelligent Chief Architect and VP of Engineering & Delivery Casey Lee about containers on AWS. Casey, an AWS Container Hero dives deep into Amazon ECS, Amazon EKS, AWS Fargate and the open source tools used in the Kubernetes world. Paul and Casey also discuss some best practices when it comes to implementing containers on AWS.

Here are the show notes:

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Episode Topics

  1. What are you hearing from customers as it relates to containers?
  2. What approach are people taking to running container workloads on AWS?
    1. Amazon ECS
    2. AWS Fargate
    3. Kubernetes
    4. Amazon EKS
    5. Kops or AWS CloudFormation Templates
    6. OpenShift or PCF 
  3. You mentioned that ECS, EKS and Fargate are all managed services. How are they all related?  How are they different?
  4. You mentioned a lot of Brownfield projects are using containers. What’s the reason for that? What are you seeing in terms of containers and serverless? 
  5. You mentioned limitations with EKS versus running your own kubernetes cluster. What are some examples?
    1. Horizontal Pod Autoscaler (HPA) 
    2. API Aggregation
    3. Webhooks
  6. How does cost compare between these options?
    1. Auto scaling
  7. How does integration with other AWS services like IAM and Auto Scaling compare between ECS and EKS?
    1. Open source tool Kub2Iam
    2. AWS IAM Authenticator 
    3. Open source tool Cluster Autoscaler
  8. How is the approach to networking different between the various options?
  9. How does the approach to automation change between ECS, EKS and Fargate?

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