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Why use Amazon's container service?
We all experience a common set of tasks when working in IT shops. Someone gets delegated (voluntold) to the task of working with the System Admin, JBoss/Middleware, Security, and Hardware support teams in configuring a brand new set of servers.
Other times we develop an install instructions for JBoss EAP or a database product like MongoDB or Postgress. Then every developer after the first one has to setup and configure the same set of "things".
Now you don't have to any more. You can create a configuration for a "virtual server" and save that for others to use. So, you may be developing a JBoss EAP instance with your favorite WAR deployed to offer up a web service within a container (Docker Image). Or, you might be creating a database virtual server within another container.
Each developer can pull down your configured red hat virtual instance container with your setting you created. Now everyone has zero configuration cost for having the same exact set of testing servers.
Integrating the WAR deployments is possible with tools like Jenkins.
Running your container on your PC or on "the cloud" (Amazon's servers) is really the same thing. The virtual machine can be deployed and run anywhere.
Try out AWS on your own. The only hitch is yes, they ask for a credit card for their "Free environment". Fortunately for me, I had an american express gift card which worked just in setting up the account.