Jeramiah Dooley
Jeramiah Dooley
Senior Manager of ECS DA Team at AWS
 Jun 30, 2023 4 min read

Hello World

Well, well, well. Look what we have here.

You have no idea how pleased I am to present to the world the newest resources for AWS Builders using Amazon Elastic Container services. We talk a lot about the mind-numbing size and popularity of ECS, including:

  • Over 2.25 billion Amazon Elastic Container Service tasks are launched every week

  • 65% of all new AWS containers customers use Amazon ECS, driving tens of thousands of API calls per second

  • Largest single account production workload on Amazon ECS: 5.48 million concurrent vCPUs

  • Fastest task placement rate acheived on a single Amazon ECS cluster: 750 tasks/sec

What we don’t talk about enough, is that it doesn’t matter how big ECS gets. The only thing that matters is how easy it is for you to build the next big thing on ECS. This site has been a labor of love, with the goal of filling in the gaps between blog posts, documentation, and third-party communities to really give Builders practical, reusable examples of how to leverage ECS to its fullest. We want this site to help you solve problems, see examples of how the incredible levels of integration with the rest of AWS can benefit your applications, understand what the options are for you to solve for any of the business challenges you are facing, and have a direct line to people who can answer the next question you have as you move along your journey with AWS.

Drawing heavily from our friends on the AWS Lambda team and their wonderful resource we proudly present to you a one-stop shop for all of the code patterns, educational visuals, blog posts, and resources you’ll need to learn about, build on, and succeed with Amazon ECS. No matter what kind of application you are building, or how big or small it is, you’ll find the insight and examples you need here. You’ll also find the ECS Developer Advocate team here, people who work at AWS and are tasked with making ECS the best product it possibly can be. They are your voice into the product team and take your feedback and turn it into actionable information for the dev and engineering teams. Each of the members of the team has written a blog post introducing themselves to you, and over time we will convince the product management and engineering team leaders to come over and introduce themselves as well.

Of course, this is in addition to and not instead of all the incredible resources that are already available to you today. Whether it’s the official documentation, all the resources available to you on the ECS product website, the numerous communities on Reddit, StackOverflow, Twitter, Mastodon and others, your AWS Container Heroes, or all of the amazing people in our WWSO and Field organizations, we are all here to help make you successful.

Nothing like this happens easily, or in a vacuum. I give huge credit to Jessica Deen and Nathan Peck for writing (and re-writing) the code. Maish Saidel-Keesing was the front-line tester to make sure things didn’t just work in the dev environment. James Beswick, Eric Johnson, Ben Smith, Marcia Villalba, Julian Wood, and David Boyne, the developer advocates who support Lambda, Event Bridge, and the rest of the EDA products, built something spectacular with, and I can only hope that this because as useful to and valued by AWS customers as theirs has been. Thank you to them for their patience, support, and insight into getting this off the ground.

Look around. Provide us with some feedback. The house is standing, and the roof works, but we know that not all the paint is dry and there may be some corners that don’t quite come together at right angles at the moment. If you find something, or have an idea, please open an issue on GitHub and we’ll jump right on it. In the next couple weeks, we are going to start soliciting your patterns and ideas for blog posts, and over time we expect that you will be as much a part of the success of this project as we are.

This is just the beginning of reintroducing the world to the best place to run containerized applications, and expanding on that idea to show how ECS is your gateway into not just AWS, but the entire “serverless” world and all the benefits that come with us. Welcome to the journey, we are really glad to have you here.