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Assessing Public Cloud Container Services

Published: 11 December 2018

ID: G00372725

Analyst(s): Tony Iams


Many public cloud providers offer containers as a service to simplify deployment of containerized applications in the cloud. This assessment, which focuses on offerings from AWS, Microsoft and Google, helps technical professionals position CaaS offerings as part of an infrastructure portfolio.

Table Of Contents


  • CaaS as a Public Cloud Service
    • Container Cluster Operations
    • Public Cloud CaaS Abstractions
  • Key Features for Container Services in the Public Cloud
    • Image Registry
    • API, Command Line Interface and Graphical User Interface
    • Orchestration and Cluster Management
    • Autoscaling
    • Networking and Load Balancing
    • Stateful Application Support
    • Monitoring and Log Management
    • Other Considerations
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


The Details

  • Amazon Web Services
    • AWS Fargate
    • Amazon Elastic Container Service
    • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes
    • Pros
    • Cons
    • Recommendations
  • Google
    • Google (Kubernetes Engine)
    • Containers on Compute Engine
    • Pros
    • Cons
    • Recommendations
  • Microsoft Azure
    • Azure Kubernetes Service
    • Azure Container Instances
    • Azure App Service
    • Azure Service Fabric
    • Pros
    • Cons
    • Recommendations

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