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  • Writer's pictureShaked Braimok Yosef

Service Discovery and Service Mesh for ECS

Following a question raised during a consulting call, I realized that I hadn’t written anything about service discovery and service mesh for ECS at all! Therefore, this article will provide you with a brief overview.Feel free to contact me with any questions. Enjoy!

Meet AWS CloudMap and AWS AppMesh

Service Discovery for ECS

Service discovery is the heartbeat of any microservices architecture, and ECS is no exception. In ECS, managing the dynamic nature of containers and their constant scaling requires a robust service discovery mechanism. AWS offers service discovery through the AWS CloudMap service, allowing containers within a service to discover each other by DNS.

With service discovery, ECS applications gain the ability to dynamically register and deregister themselves, enabling other services to locate and communicate with them seamlessly. This ensures that the inherent dynamism of containers does not hinder the communication and collaboration among services, fostering a resilient and responsive architecture.

Service Mesh for ECS

Service mesh takes the concept of service discovery to the next level by providing a dedicated infrastructure layer to handle service-to-service communication. AWS App Mesh, a fully managed service mesh, integrates seamlessly with ECS, offering enhanced observability, traffic management, and security features.

By deploying AWS App Mesh alongside ECS, organizations can establish a robust framework for managing communication between services, including load balancing, encryption, and monitoring. This not only simplifies the complexities of microservices communication but also enhances the overall reliability and performance of ECS applications.

AWS App Mesh is based on the Envoy proxy, and you can learn more about Envoy by visiting:

Getting Started

AWS free workshop

Before you start, my tip for you is to open the AWS workshop for App Mesh beginners and understand the concepts and the services step by step.

Terraforming (or OpenTofuing 😉)

After understanding the services, the next step is to coding the infrastructure:

👇 Make sure to follow the steps:

1. Service Discovery Configuration:

  • Leverage the AWS CloudMap service to enable DNS-based service discovery for your ECS tasks.

  • Configure service discovery settings for your ECS service, allowing seamless communication between containers.

2, Integrating AWS App Mesh:

  • Deploy AWS App Mesh alongside your ECS clusters to create a dedicated service mesh for enhanced communication control.

  • Define and configure virtual services and virtual nodes to establish the communication fabric within your ECS environment.

3. Observability and Monitoring:

  • Utilize AWS CloudWatch and AWS X-Ray for real-time monitoring and observability of your ECS services and mesh components.

  • Leverage metrics and traces to identify performance bottlenecks and optimize your architecture for efficiency.

4. Security Considerations:

  • Implement security best practices, including encryption of communication channels and access control policies, to fortify your ECS environment.

  • Regularly audit and update security configurations to adapt to evolving threats and compliance requirements.

Final ThoughtsIn the dynamic world of cloud-native applications, embracing service discovery and service mesh on AWS for ECS is not just a choice; it’s a necessity. By weaving these essential components into your ECS architecture, you enhance not only the connectivity and reliability of your applications but also future-proof your infrastructure for the evolving demands of modern software development, and with Infrastructure as Code making the process easier than ever.If you need any help with AWS services, feel free to contact me at:

Happy orchestrating! 🎉


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