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This looks great: simple yet powerful. I'm working a lot with Kubernetes, and you don't actually need to run an overlay network on AWS (or GCE). On AWS, there's some VPC magic that surprised me when I first saw it! But I believe that's beside the point; it's not about ECS vs Kubernetes, it is about what we can build on top.

In particular, I think the idea of embedding a Procfile in a Docker image is really clever; it neatly solves the problem of how to distribute the metadata about how to run an image.

Exactly! One of our goals was to also make the scheduling backend pluggable, so we're hoping that the community will implement a Kubernetes backend in the future. There's a lot of similar concepts between both, but we ultimately chose ECS for it's ease of operation and the integration with existing AWS services like ELB.

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