When Amazon’s Elastic Container Service (ECS) first launched in 2014, it enabled an easy and convenient way of deploying and scheduling containers in the AWS ecosystem. Back then, you would run a set of EC2 instances, and ECS would deploy containers to instances based on the size, resources, and placement requirements you specified.
There are loads of benefits to packaging up an application as a container. You can ensure that your application has all the required dependencies and runs in the isolated, predictable environment you expect. When it comes to running that containerized application, there are many options, including Kubernetes, Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS), and Docker. Often, running a container application at scale requires setting up a container orchestrator and providing network infrastructure to the containers. Configuring this can be complex, especially if you’re not familiar with virtual networking concepts such as virtual private clouds, load balancers, and the like.
I was relieved to find Pulumi. Finally, we have testable Infrastructure as Code. We can write fast unit tests that we can execute locally without needing the cloud. However, I was a bit disappointed. Pulumi does not have a full representation of IAM Policy documents. Fortunately, it was relatively easy to build a library that did this!
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In this article, I’ll show how Pulumi can be used with Aiven’s services to create infrastructure that can be migrated from cloud to cloud with no downtime.
This tutorial will use Python, Pulumi, Grafana, and an AWS Lambda function to simulate recording temperature data in an InfluxDB database.
Pulumi’s infrastructure as code tooling combines the programming languages and tools you already know with the full power of cloud infrastructure. But until now, some Pulumi components for cloud infrastructure, like our popular EKS package for Amazon’s Elastic Kubernetes Service, were only available in a subset of the languages supported by Pulumi.
Now, you can use the EKS package–previously only available for TypeScript–in all four Pulumi languages: TypeScript, Python, .NET, and Go. Regardless of the language you choose, you can manage EKS clusters with Pulumi, starting with the v0.22.0 release. Check out our Modern Infrastructure Wednesday video to see it in action:
Provisioning, managing, and monitoring a Kubernetes cluster is
not easy. AWS now offers EKS to reduce that burden – but
it’s still difficult to get up and running. Pulumi’s infrastructure as
code SDKs can help! We can provision an entire EKS cluster with a
single CLI command, thanks to the
package. Let’s see how.
Whether you’re migrating to the cloud or have existing infrastructure, cloud spend can be a significant barrier to your success. Too small of a budget could prevent your organization from meeting your performance metrics. You can use different strategies to reduce cloud spend, such as using Spot Instances, which cost less than On-Demand Instances or scaling your infrastructure based on peak usage times.
With the addition of Graviton2 based EC2 Instances, AWS offers an on-demand alternative for decreasing cloud spend. Both Amazon and independent testing demonstrated that the general-purpose M6g instance delivered up to a 40% gain of price/performance compared to Intel m5.large instances. In addition to the M6g general-purpose instance, AWS offers instances general-purpose burstable (T4g), compute-optimized (C6g), and memory-optimized (R6g) EC2 instances.
Amazon announced several Elastic Kubernetes Service feature releases and updates during the first week of AWS re:Invent 2020. If we look at all the announcements as a whole, we can see the Kubernetes ecosystem maturing to make deployments and management easier for organizations. Let’s take a look at how they can benefit your use of EKS.
As Kubernetes grows in popularity, the number of options for Kubernetes users continues to increase. Providers of managed Kubernetes offerings will often learn lessons about operating large numbers of clusters at scale; it’s increasingly common that they will contribute this knowledge back to the ecosystem, allowing those organizations who need more control and flexibility to reap the benefits.
With the announcement of the Amazon EKS Distro during AWS re:Invent, the Amazon EKS team has contributed back to the cloud-native community in a big way. In this post, we’ll take a brief look at what the Amazon EKS Distro is, explore why you might choose this over current managed service offerings and finally, explore how you can get started with the Amazon EKS Distro on day 1 using Pulumi.