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My application - a Postgres/Nginx/Django application powered by docker-compose. 3 separate containers.

My production setup - Nginx/Django containers hosted on Amazon ECR. Deployment to a single cluster/service on AWS Fargate.

My confusion - should I externalize my Postgres database into AWS managed service or is there a way to keep things persistent in Fargate?

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Fargate only provides ephemeral storage (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonECS/latest/developerguide/fargate-task-storage.html). Running a Database on Fargate is a no-go.

I would indeed recommend that you use RDS unless you have a clear requirement or limitation that drives you to manage it yourself.

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