This topic describes how to get started with Elastic Container Instance (ECI).

Procedure in the Container Service console

Alibaba Cloud Container Service for Kubernetes (ACK) provides serverless Kubernetes clusters. Each pod in a serverless Kubernetes cluster runs on an ECI. For more information, see Overview.

If you know about Kubernetes or plan to deploy your business in Kubernetes, we recommend that you deploy and manage your business in serverless Kubernetes clusters. ACK can manage serverless Kubernetes clusters and underlying Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources. You only need to focus on the business logic, deployments, services, cron jobs, and jobs.

  1. Create a serverless Kubernetes cluster.
  2. Create an application from an image.
  3. View pods.
  4. View services.

Procedure in the ECI console

If your business does not need capabilities such as container orchestration, load balancing, timed scheduling, and auto scaling, or you can directly use API operations to manage ECI resources, you can deploy containers in the ECI console.

  1. Assign a role to your account: Log on to the ECI console, and click Buy Now. Click Authorize Now and authorize ECI to access your cloud resources. For more information, see Authorize a RAM role.
  2. Create an ECI: Log on to the ECI console, and click Buy Now to create an ECI. To create an ECI, you must first create a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and a security group. If Internet access is required, create a network address translation (NAT) gateway or an Elastic IP Address (EIP).
  3. Use the ECI: Log on to the ECI console to view and manage the ECI.