Docker Vs. AWS ECS Vs. Azure Vs. Kubernetes: Container Face-Off

Enterprises and SMBs are selecting AWS ECS and EKS, Docker, Azure Kubernetes Services and self-implemented Kubernetes as their container tool of choice, according to a new Flexera report that surveyed 750 organizations.

“Kubernetes use continues to dominate [the container industry], whether self-implemented or via a cloud provider service,” said Flexera in its new 2023 State of the Cloud Report.

However, there are some differences between SMBs—who prefer Docker—compared to enterprises, who are currently picking AWS ECS and EKS as their container solution.

Flexera’s new 2023 State of the Cloud Report sheds light on what 750 businesses are currently using and are planning to leverage for their container tools. The 750 surveyed are executive leaders and IT professionals from companies mostly in the United States and Europe.

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Container Leaders: AWS, Microsoft, Docker

Flexera’s results showcase the leading container tools being leveraged in 2023 by these 750 businesses, which are: AWS’ ECS and EKSMicrosoft’s Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) and Docker. Self-implemented Kubernetes, not a service via a cloud provider, is also high on the list.

AWS EKS (Elastic Kubernetes Service) is Amazon’s managed service that customers use to run Kubernetes on AWS infrastructure, while AWS’ ECS (Elastic Container Service) is a container orchestration service provided by the cloud giant.

Microsoft’s AKS is a Kubernetes service aimed at simplifying deploying a managed Kubernetes cluster in an Azure environment.

Docker owns a platform designed to help developers build, share and run modern applications. Docker packages software into standardized containers, with offerings that can run in any environment—from on-premises Kubernetes to the cloud including on AWS and Azure.

Here are the results for container usage for AWS ECS/EKS, Docker, AKS and Kubernetes in 2023, as well as businesses top container-related challenges in today’s market.

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