What is Container Service

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2018

Container Service provides the high-performance and scalable container application management service, which enables you to manage the lifecycle of containerized applications by using Docker and Kubernetes.

Container Service provides multiple application release methods and the continuous delivery ability, and supports microservice architecture. By simplifying the setup of container management cluster and integrating with the Alibaba Cloud abilities of virtualization, storage, network, and security, Container Service makes an ideal running cloud environment for containers.


Cluster management and flexible choices of regions and network environments

Container Service allows you to:

  • Select regions to create and delete clusters as per your needs.
  • Select environments with either classic network or Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

Multiple server hosting modes

Container Service allows you to:

  • Grant Container Service to create Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances and add them to a specified cluster.
  • Add purchased ECS instances to a specified cluster.

One-stop container lifecycle management

Container Service provides the following features:

  • Network

    Container Service supports intercommunication between containers across hosts and high-performance VPC network drives.

  • Storage

    Container Service supports data volume management. OSSFS, cloud disks, and Network Attached Storage (NAS) are supported.

  • Log

    Container Service supports automatic log collection and integrating with Alibaba Cloud Log Service. You can also integrate Container Service with third-party open-source log solutions.

  • Monitoring

    Container Service supports the monitoring at the level of containers and virtual machines (VMs). You can also integrate Container Service with third-party open-source monitoring solutions.

  • Scheduling

    Container Service supports the policies such as cross-zone high availability and rescheduling of abnormal nodes.

  • Routing

    Container Service supports Layer-4 and Layer-7 request forwarding and backend binding.

  • Permission

    Container Service supports Resource Access Management (RAM) authorization and management at the level of clusters.

Support for swarm and Kubernetes

Container Service supports both swarm and Kubernetes, migrating existing systems seamlessly from offline to cloud.

Unique value-added ability and better experience of Alibaba Cloud environment

Container Service:

  • Integrates with VPC to provide secure and high-performance deployment plans that support hybrid cloud.
  • Extends Docker Compose template definition to enhance lifecycle management.
  • Integrates with Server Load Balancer to provide containers with access ability.

High-availability scheduling policy

Container Service can easily deal with the upstream and downstream delivery process by using the high-availability scheduling policy.

Container Service supports:

  • Affinity strategy and horizontal scaling of services.
  • Cross-zone high availability and disaster recovery.
  • The APIs for cluster and application management to easily interconnect with the continuous integration and private deployment system.
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