Amazon Elastic Container Service on AWS Outposts - Amazon Elastic Container Service

Amazon Elastic Container Service on AWS Outposts

AWS Outposts enables native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models in on-premises facilities. In AWS Outposts environments, you can use the same AWS APIs, tools, and infrastructure that you use in the AWS Cloud.

Amazon ECS on AWS Outposts is ideal for low-latency workloads that need to be run in close proximity to on-premises data and applications.

For more information about AWS Outposts, see the AWS Outposts User Guide.


The following are considerations of using Amazon ECS on AWS Outposts:

  • Amazon Elastic Container Registry, AWS Identity and Access Management, and Network Load Balancer run in the AWS Region, not on AWS Outposts. This will increase latencies between these services and the containers.

  • AWS Fargate is not available on AWS Outposts.

The following are network connectivity considerations for AWS Outposts:

  • If network connectivity between your AWS Outposts and its AWS Region is lost, your clusters will continue to run. However, you cannot create new clusters or take new actions on existing clusters until connectivity is restored. In case of instance failures, the instance will not be automatically replaced. The CloudWatch Logs agent will be unable to update logs and event data.

  • We recommend that you provide reliable, highly available, and low latency connectivity between your AWS Outposts and its AWS Region.


The following are prerequisites for using Amazon ECS on AWS Outposts:

  • You must have installed and configured an Outpost in your on-premises data center.

  • You must have a reliable network connection between your Outpost and its AWS Region.

Create a cluster on AWS Outposts

To create an Amazon ECS cluster on an AWS Outposts with the AWS CLI, specify a security group and a subnet to associate with your AWS Outposts.

To create a subnet associated with your AWS Outposts.

aws ec2 create-subnet \ --cidr-block \ --vpc-id vpc-xxxxxxxx \ --outpost-arn arn:aws:outposts:us-west-2:123456789012:outpost/op-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx \ --availability-zone-id usw2-az1

The following example creates an Amazon ECS cluster on an AWS Outposts.

  1. Create a role and policy with rights on AWS Outposts.

    The role-policy.json file is the policy document that contains the effect and actions for resources. For information about the file format, see PutRolePolicy in the IAM API Reference

    aws iam create-role –-role-name ecsRole \ --assume-role-policy-document file://ecs-policy.json aws iam put-role-policy --role-name ecsRole --policy-name ecsRolePolicy \ --policy-document file://role-policy.json
  2. Create an IAM instance profile with rights on AWS Outposts.

    aws iam create-instance-profile --instance-profile-name outpost aws iam add-role-to-instance-profile --instance-profile-name outpost \ --role-name ecsRole
  3. Create a VPC.

    aws ec2 create-vpc --cidr-block
  4. Create a security group for the container instances, specifying the proper CIDR range for the AWS Outposts. (This step is different for AWS Outposts.)

    aws ec2 create-security-group --group-name MyOutpostSG aws ec2 authorize-security-group-ingress --group-name MyOutpostSG --protocol tcp \ --port 22 --cidr aws ec2 authorize-security-group-ingress --group-name MyOutpostSG --protocol tcp \ --port 80 --cidr
  5. Create the Cluster.

  6. Define the Amazon ECS container agent environment variables to launch the instance into the cluster created in the previous step and define any tags you want to add to help identify the cluster (for example, Outpost to indicate that the cluster is for an Outpost).

    #! /bin/bash cat << ‘EOF’ >> /etc/ecs/ecs.config ECS_CLUSTER=MyCluster ECS_IMAGE_PULL_BEHAVIOR=prefer-cached ECS_CONTAINER_INSTANCE_TAGS={“environment”: ”Outpost”} EOF

    In order to avoid delays caused by pulling container images from Amazon ECR in the Region, use image caches. To do this, each time a task is run, configure the Amazon ECS agent to default to using the cached image on the instance itself by setting ECS_IMAGE_PULL_BEHAVIOR to prefer-cached.

  7. Create the container instance, specifying the VPC and subnet for the AWS Outposts where this instance should run and an instance type that is available on the AWS Outposts. (This step is different for AWS Outposts.)

    The userdata.txt file contains the user data the instance can use to perform common automated configuration tasks and even run scripts after the instance starts. For information about the file for API calls, see Run commands on your Linux instance at launch in the Amazon EC2 User Guide.

    aws ec2 run-instances --count 1 --image-id ami-xxxxxxxx --instance-type c5.large \ --key-name aws-outpost-key –-subnet-id subnet-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx \ --iam-instance-profile Name outpost --security-group-id sg-xxxxxx \ --associate-public-ip-address --user-data file://userdata.txt

    This command is also used when adding additional instances to the cluster. Any containers deployed in the cluster will be placed on that specific AWS Outposts.

  8. Register your task definition. Use the following command and substitute ecs-task.json with the name of your task definition.

    aws ecs register-task-definition --cli-input-json file://ecs-task.json
  9. Run the task or create the service.

    Run the task
    aws ecs run-task --cluster mycluster --count 1 --task-definition outpost-app:1
    Create the service
    aws ecs create-service –-cluster mycluster --service-name outpost-service \ --task-definition outpost-app:1 --desired-count 1