AWS Fargate and Azure Containers make it easier for developers to focus on building applications instead of managing IT infrastructures. Containers operate as independent runtime environments with their own configurations, libraries, and frameworks. These features make software more dependable because containers do not rely on specific operating systems. Anyone can access and use them regardless of whether they use Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, or other operating systems.
Plenty of companies offer container services. Does AWS Fargate or Azure Container fit your needs better?
- AWS Fargate and Microsoft Azure Containers can lower CPU usage to improve network performance.
- Serverless containers do not require hands-on management, leaving engineers free to focus on other jobs.
- Clients have plenty of alternatives to Fargate and Azure Containers.
5 key takeaways from the article:
- AWS Fargate and Azure Containers are popular platforms for deploying, managing, and scaling containerized applications.
- AWS Fargate offers serverless deployment and automatic scaling, eliminating infrastructure management.
- Azure Containers provides serverless and server-based deployment options, with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) being popular.
- AWS Fargate is known for simplicity, while Azure Containers offers flexibility and Azure service integration.
- Choosing the right platform depends on ecosystem familiarity, integration requirements, and desired infrastructure control.
AWS (Amazon Web Services) Fargate Features
AWS Fargate provides serverless compute for containers that works with ECS and EKS. Noteworthy features include:
- Out-of-box observability.
- Individual jobs do not share CPU, storage, or network resources.
Unfortunately, AWS Fargate does not offer on-premises deployment. Clients must use AWS public cloud services.
Recommended reading: Can You Run AWS Fargate On-Premises or in the Hybrid Cloud?
Azure Containers Features
Azure Container instances offers features that include:
- Secure applications with isolation that prevent tasks from sharing kernels
- On-demand containers that improve deployment agility
- Serverless containers that do not require hands-on management.
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AWS Fargate vs. Azure Containers: Pricing
AWS Fargate Pricing
Amazon charges Fargate clients different prices depending on their locations. Someone in Northern California can expect to pay $0.04656 per vCPU per hour and $0.00511 per GB per hour. A client in northern Virginia will pay considerably less, about $0.01290743 per vCPU per hour and $0.0014744 per GB per hour.
Clients can potentially save money by signing up for other services, such as Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS.
Microsoft Azure Containers Pricing
Azure Containers pricing can vary depending on the other Azure services clients use. Azure Kubernetes prices are based on several factors, such as location, cluster management, managed OS disks, and nodes.
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AWS Fargate vs. Azure Containers: Reviews
AWS Fargate Reviews
G2 reviews give AWS Fargate 4.8 out of 5 stars. Positive comments say that Fargate:
- Has an autoscaling feature that helps DevOps engineers focus on more meaningful work;
- Has an intuitive dashboard that’s intuitive enough for non-technical users;
- Is compatible with most Amazon services, including Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS).
Negative reviews say that users do not like that:
- Fargate charges a higher price than many of its competitors.
- The service sometimes scales slower than expected.
Azure Kubernetes (AKS) Reviews
G2 reviewers give Azure Containers 4 out of 5 stars. Most people like that:
- They can configure containers easily.
- The service offers flawless autoscaling.
- The service gets frequent updates that keep it current with user expectations.
Common complaints include that Azure Containers:
- Does not support autoscaling nodes;
- Configures containers as virtual machines;
- Offers poor customer support services.
Alternatives to Fargate and Azure Containers
If you don’t think that AWS services or Azure’s kubernetes will meet your needs, you might want to consider alternatives such as:
- Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
- Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) (open source)
- AWS Lambda
- Google Cloud Run (open source)
- Red Hat OpenShift (open source)
Recommended reading: Serverless Abstraction with Containers Explained
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