Choosing a container management solution can significantly affect how your container applications function. The following review compares AWS Fargate and Cloud Foundry to help you select a solution with the features you need and a price that fits into your organization’s budget.

In the AWS Fargate vs Cloud Foundry review, you will learn:

Contact Iron.io to learn more about how IronWorker compares to AWS Fargate and Cloud Foundry.

 AWS Fargate vs. Cloud Foundry: Features

AWS Fargate and Cloud Foundry have features that make them stand out in the world of container management solutions. Many professionals like AWS Fargate because of its:

  • Serverless computing features – Serverless computing still uses servers, but developers do not need to think about them. Instead, they can focus on the job at hand instead of worrying about server management. With AWS Fargate, all of your server needs getting taken care of automatically without your input.
  • Scalability – AWS Fargate lets you deploy tens of thousands of contains within seconds. It’s unbelievably quick. The speed of deployment makes it a strong option for companies that need to scale quickly during peak times. Internet service providers and e-commerce sites, for example, could benefit from the solution’s scalability.

Cloud Foundry also has some features that make it particularly attractive. You may prefer it for its:

  • Portability – Cloud Foundry is designed to prevent vendor lock-in. That makes it a more portable solution that you can move from vendor to vendor without running into exceptionally high costs. If you find that you don’t like your current cloud provider, you can move to a different one easily.
  • Faster development cycles – Cloud comes with several automation features that make it faster for your developers to create and deploy new applications. Whether you need to create a microservice or a monolith app, Cloud Foundry can shave days, weeks, or months off the development cycle. 

AWS Fargate vs. Cloud Foundry: Pricing

It’s difficult to say how much you will pay for AWS Fargate or Cloud Foundry. Both platforms base their prices on what you use. That approach can help you save money because you avoid monthly payments for services your team rarely needs. At the same time, the payment strategy makes it nearly impossible to determine precisely how much you will pay.

You can, however, consider the general approach of AWS Fargate and Cloud Foundry.

AWS Fargate Pricing

AWS Fargate bases its pricing on CPU, memory resources, and time. The prices vary depending on your region, though.

At the time of writing (early August 2020), clients in the US East (Virginia) can expect to pay:

  • $0.04048 per vCPU per hour.
  • $0.004445 per GB per hour.

In the US West (Northern California), clients can expect to pay:

  • $0.4656 per vCPU per hour.
  • $0.00511 per GB per hour.

You might need to talk to your developers before you can get a reasonable estimate.

Cloud Foundry Pricing

If you think that AWS Fargate has confusing prices, you won’t like learning about Cloud Foundry pricing. The company doesn’t share a transparent pricing structure. Like AWS Fargate, it charges based on what you use. Unfortunately, it doesn’t say how much it charges for what you use.

You will need to contact the company to learn more about Cloud Foundry pricing.

AWS Fargate vs. Cloud Foundry: User Reviews

You can learn a lot about a service or product by reading reviews written by real users. Only users know the daily pros and cons that they encounter while using AWS Fargate and Cloud Foundry.

AWS Fargate Reviews

AWS Fargate mostly gets positive reviews. Some people have complaints, though. Users on G2 give the service 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Positive comments from users include:

  • “It’s one of the great AWS tools for containers deployment.”
  • “The best thing about Fargate is that you can just start out of the gate without setting up servers.”
  • “It becomes so easy to scale up and scale down dynamically when you’re using AWS Fargate…”

Negative comments include:

  • “We needed to replace AWS Fargate for AWS Batch due to incompatibility of Fargate to attach EFS to containers.”
  • “Fargate is a good bit pricier than running your own servers.”
  • “Pricing isn’t great and didn’t fit startup’s needs.”

Cloud Foundry Reviews

Users who leave comments on G2 give Cloud Foundry a collective 4 out of 5 stars.

Positive comments left by G2 reviewers include:

  • “Automation makes developer life easy…”
  • “Easy configuration and setup.”
  • “It’s fairly easy to get started and deploy a very basic app.”

Negative comments about Cloud Foundry include:

  • “There is not enough documentation about specific cases.”
  • “It’s great from a developer point of view, but it’s a little costly in production.”
  • “Expensive. Would prefer a free version for small subset of features.”

 AWS Fargate vs. Cloud Foundry: Alternatives

AWS Fargate and Cloud Foundry have their good points, but they also fail in several ways. Consider IronWorker as an alternative.

Importantly, IronWorker has a straightforward pricing strategy with three tiers:

  • Hobby: $259 per year for services that are ideal for small workloads.
  • Launch: $1,609 per year for growing businesses that need about 50 hours of work per month.
  • Professional: $10,789 per year that includes 500 hours per month, a dedicated service, autoscaling, and organization support.

It isn’t just the low, predictable pricing that attracts companies to IronWorker. The container management solution has features like:

  • Flexible deployment options with shared, dedicated, hybrid, and on-premises servers.
  • Detailed analytics that give you a detailed look at your metrics.
  • Functions for push notifications, video processing, ETL processing, and email delivery that run in the background.

Looking for more information about how IronWorker can benefit your organization? Iron.io’s team would love to talk to you. Schedule a meeting to learn how to take your business to the next level.

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