AWS 101: What is Docker?

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is packed full of features to help users make the most of powerful cloud infrastructure. With the right know-how and tools, it can be one of the fastest and most effective ways to operate in the cloud. One such tool is Docker – a software platform that helps users build and deploy applications.

In this post, we take a closer look at Docker, how it works and how it can help your business.

Building applications with Docker

Creating new applications can be time consuming, even with expert input. That’s where Docker can help. The system streamlines applications into containers to simplify and speed up the whole process. Containers are essentially packages, comprising everything required to run applications.

Libraries, code and tools are all standardised, making it much quicker to build and deploy applications at scale. Containers can then be used as core building blocks to create applications and platforms tailored to the needs of your company or your customers – without worries that the code will fail.

Docker: Free vs paid

Docker comes in two forms – Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE). Docker CE is an open source platform which is free to use on platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux.

Docker EE is a paid alternative with additional features. More specifically, it gives users more control over security and workflow management. There are also a range of Docker-based extensions available on the AWS Marketplace.

Both versions of Docker are supported on several AWS technologies, including:

  • Amazon Elastic Container Service
  • AWS Fargate
  • Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes
  • Amazon Elastic Container Registry
  • AWS Batch.

Getting the most out of Docker and AWS

Docker aims to make it quicker and easier for users to build and deploy applications. But to truly make the most of the powerful software, you need a specialist AWS Partner. That’s where Green Cloud Hosting comes in.

As part of the AWS Partner Network, we can help your business get exactly what it needs from Docker and AWS. That means reliable, custom-built applications that deliver what you need time and again. Get in touch today on 0161 979 0691 or info@greencloudhosting.co.uk to talk to an AWS expert.

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