• The easiest way to use EFS volumes with ECS

    Finally, AWS released the ECS support for Docker volume drivers and volume plugins. You can now use volume plugins like Rexray or Portworx to automatically mount EBS or EFS volumes. But if you just want to use an EFS volume, there’s an easier way. Mount EFS volumes by using Docker’s...


  • First look into AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK)

    I have been using CloudFormation since I started using AWS in 2014. It helped me to get an overview of all the different services on AWS. I also like the declarative style to define your infrastructure and let CloudFormation do all the work. Coming from a DataCenter where you had...


  • Jenkins on ECS: An Overview

    With the new pipelines architecture, Jenkins re-invented itself and is still one of the most popular CI/CD tools. Let me show, how you can set up a fully containerized Jenkins running on top of Amazon ECS. This blog post gives you a rough overview of the involved components. In future...


  • 7 Awesome CloudFormation Hacks

    Since AWS introduced native YAML support, CloudFormation templates are much more readable than before. Also, the introduced intrinsic functions help a lot to build awesome templates. But sometimes the solution to a problem is not that obvious and often not well documented. This blog post should remind me to some...


  • A better solution to ECS AutoScaling

    Update: It seems this blog post was the trigger for AWS to build their own solution. Since CapacityProviders are released I recommend to use them instead. Have a look into Nick Coulton’s deep dive to understand how they work. In a previous blog post, I showed you how an ECS...