Amazon, Red Hat take the reins off ROSA managed service

AWS and Red Hat are making it easier to build Kubernetes-based container applications without management and billing complexities.(Pixabay)

Amazon Web Services and Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA) to help OpenShift users build, scale, and manage containerized applications on AWS through simplified Kubernetes cluster creation.

Available as a new managed service via the AWS console, this news follows an announcement last fall from the companies that unveiled ROSA in a preview mode. It also represents the latest in a series of moves by Red Hat over the last few years aimed at upgrading and expanding OpenShift capabilities.

ROSA streamlines moving on-premises Red Hat OpenShift workloads to AWS and enables tighter integration with other AWS services without having to manually configure underlying infrastructure through OpenShift, according to an AWS press release. There are no up-front investments required to use ROSA, and customers pay only for the container clusters and nodes used. The companies will provide a single vendor experience for customers by allowing them to access Red Hat OpenShift with billing and support directly through AWS. 

“Increasingly, customers are turning to containers to improve application velocity and portability, and they’re growing to rely on technologies like Red Hat OpenShift and AWS that make it easier to deploy containerized applications,” said Bob Wise, GM Kubernetes, AWS, in the press release. “ROSA gives these customers the ability to seamlessly run containers on AWS using familiar Red Hat OpenShift APIs and tooling, and integrates the full breadth and depth of AWS services to build, scale, and manage their workloads.”

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OpenShift is an enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform that extends the capabilities of base Kubernetes built for the cloud production stack to run containerized applications with the same common foundation and tooling in any environment. Many OpenShift customers have self-manage OpenShift clusters on top of AWS, but previously have had to do more leg work to make this work, including managing two provider relationships for support and billing. ROSA will now let them quickly create Kubernetes clusters using familiar Red Hat OpenShift Application Programming Interfaces and tooling, and seamlessly access the full breadth and depth of AWS services from within the AWS console, the companies said.

“Red Hat OpenShift provides a common, open and enterprise-grade Kubernetes platform to span hybrid infrastructure, from a customer’s physical datacenter to their operations in AWS,” said Sathish Balakrishnan, vice president, Hosted Platforms, Red Hat in the press release. “ROSA provides a streamlined process for organizations that want to extend the power of Red Hat OpenShift in AWS without having to manage separate technology streams, enabling IT teams to focus on delivering value and not managing underlying infrastructure.”

Accenture Cloud First, Cognizant, Persistent Systems and Dutch data energy hub operator Energie Data Services Nederland (EDSN) are among the initial users of the new integrated managed service. “Adapting to evolving customer needs is a daily requirement for us, a dynamic that requires modernized applications and a DevOps methodology that can be delivered at scale,” said Arwin Scholten, Chief Technology Officer, EDSN, in the press release. “With Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS, we have a service that is ready for the future. We don’t have to worry about continuously improving the platform or managing the underlying infrastructure or operations, freeing our team to fully focus on providing greater innovation and value to our customers.”