Amazon ECS provides versatility for the apps to use a combination of pricing choices for Amazon EC2 and AWS Fargate for Spot and On-Demand. To add rich reliability, traffic management and security functionality to the apps, ECS also integrates with AWS App Mesh, which is a service mesh. After launch, ECS has expanded exponentially and is currently deploying 5X more containers per hour than instances launched by EC2.
Amazon ECS Pricing
There are two different charge models for Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS). Amazon ECS on AWS Outposts follows the same model as EC2 Launch Type. Amazon ECS pricing is the same as AWS Fargate, EC2 Launch type and AWS Outposts. Amazon ECS pricing plans can be obtained from the website as well as users can send a query to the sales team. Here are different charge models for Amazon ECS pricing:
- Fargate Launch Type Model - Users pay the cost of vCPU and memory resources the containers system will ask for with Fargate. A nominal 1-minute fee applies.
- EC2 Launch Style Model - For the EC2 launch type, there is no extra fee. When users buy it, they just pay for what they use; there are no minimum rates and no initial obligations.
- Amazon ECS on AWS Outposts - The control plane of Amazon ECS is in the cloud and the container iterations operate at no extra charge on the Outposts EC2 capability.
Amazon ECS Demo
The demo is not available directly on the website but there are various other resources available for references such as blogs and articles.
AWS Fargate Support - With Amazon ECS, AWS Fargate feature is implemented. With AWS Fargate, users no longer need to pick instance forms, provision and scale clusters for Amazon EC2, or patch and upgrade each server. The Amazon ECS launch form helps users to handle a server cluster and plan container positioning on servers.
Docker Support - Docker is provided by Amazon ECS and helps users to run and handle Docker containers. Without the need for any configuration updates, applications users bundle as a container remotely can deploy and run on Amazon ECS.
Repository Support - Any third-party hosting Docker image registry or open private Docker server, such as Docker Hub and Amazon ECR, can be used with Amazon ECS. All we need to do is define the registry in the specification of the task and Amazon ECS retrieves the required images for the requests.
Task Definitions - Amazon ECS provides a descriptive JSON template called a Task Definition to describe tasks. Users may define one or more containers needed for the project within the Task Specification, including the Docker repository and image, memory and CPU specifications, shared volumes of data, and how the containers are connected to each other.
- Users can upgrade existing containers to new models quickly with Amazon ECS. A new version of the application task description can be imported, and the Amazon ECS scheduler immediately begins new containers using the modified image and prevents the previous version from running. Amazon ECS dynamically signs the containers from the corresponding Program Load Balancer and deregisters them.