Amazon Web Services Inc. has a new offering for enterprises looking to get started in container technology. It targets both on-premises as well as cloud implementations.
This week, the cloud giant announced Amazon Linux Container Image. This expands the reach of the technology behind its Amazon Linux AMI.
Amazon Linux AMI was updated in September with support for new versions of Python, PostgresSQL and PHP.
According to Amazon’s Web site, the Amazon Linux AMI (or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) is a supported and maintained Linux image that can be used on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). It provides a secure, high-performance execution environment for Amazon EC2 applications. It supports the most recent EC2 instance types and includes packages that allow for easy integration with AWS. Amazon Web Services offers ongoing security and maintenance updates for all instances that run the Amazon Linux AMI. Amazon EC2 users have the option to receive the Amazon Linux AMI at no additional cost.
According to Jeff Barr, a spokesperson, the underlying software components of the container image are now available to customers in response to customer feedback. This allows for both in-house and public cloud implementations.
Barr wrote in a blog post Tuesday that “Many of the customers have asked us make this Linux image available on-premises. Often as part of their development or testing workloads.”
Barr said, “Today I am pleased to announce that the Amazon Linux Container Image is now available for cloud and on-premises usage.” The image can be downloaded from the EC2 Container Registry ….. It is based on the same source code as the AMI, and will help you navigate the path to container adoption. It can be used as-is or as a basis for your own images.
Site documentation states that it can be used as a base image in Docker workloads. Enterprises can use the stock Amazon Linux AMI to build and manage applications.
The documentation states that you can use the Amazon Linux image in your local development environment, and then push your application onto the AWS cloud using Amazon ECS. It can also be used in conjunction with the existing Amazon EC2 Container Service.