AWS makes ECS Anywhere for on-premises container management available

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Amazon Web Services made its ECS Anywhere tool generally available so that it is easier and cheaper for companies to manage the software containers run on-premises. ECS Anywhere is part of AWS’s Amazon Elastic Container Service.

Amazon’s Elastic Container Service offers a set of tools to manage containerized apps hosted on AWS infrastructure. Admins can use ECS Anywhere to perform tasks like creating and deleting containers, monitoring them, and recovering workloads when issues come up. It can also be used to manage containers across both AWS’s public cloud and AWS Outposts hybrid cloud appliances deployed by customers on-premises.

ECS Anywhere

The ECS Anywhere tool extends the support to include on-premises systems that are not supplied by AWS. There are some situations where companies want to run containers in the cloud and on traditional hardware on-premises. Some of them have unused hardware in data centers that can be used as a cheaper option to host containerized applications.

For other users, the main consideration is latency. Some workloads are more efficiently accessed when they are close, than if they were hosted on a cloud platform. For that reason, these workloads have to be deployed on-premises, since that’s the best option for them.

Benefits

With ECS, AWS customers can manage both cloud and on-premises deployments. It also reduces work for admins by removing the maintenance overhead that comes with running a separate on-premises container system.

ECS Anywhere is also easier to connect to other tools used by admins, since it uses the same app programming interfaces as the Elastic Container Service.

The tool can manage containers on Arm-based and Intel servers, as well as support more than 6 Linux distributions at launch. Customers will find that it makes running containers on-premises much easier and cheaper.