Red Hat OpenShift Service Available on AWS (ROSA)
March 29, 2021

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA), a new managed service available via the AWS Console that makes it easier for Red Hat OpenShift customers to build, scale, and manage containerized applications on AWS.

With ROSA, customers can enjoy more simplified Kubernetes cluster creation using the familiar Red Hat OpenShift console, features and tooling without the burden of manually scaling and managing the underlying infrastructure. ROSA streamlines moving on-premises Red Hat OpenShift workloads to AWS and offers a tighter integration with other AWS services. ROSA also enables customers to access Red Hat OpenShift with billing and support directly through AWS, delivering the simplicity of a single-vendor experience to customers running Red Hat OpenShift on AWS. There are no up-front investments required to use ROSA, and customers pay only for the container clusters and nodes used.

Containers have proven popular with AWS and Red Hat customers because they increase developer velocity and improve application portability. Currently, AWS offers the broadest range of containers technology in the cloud, including Amazon Elastic Containers Service (ECS) for customers that want the deepest integration with AWS services and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) for customers that prioritize running Kubernetes. AWS customers that value a fully serverless containers’ experience can also use AWS Fargate to run containers without having to manage the underlying servers or clusters.

Global Fortune 500 businesses, government agencies, and many more organizations use Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat's 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 customers have chosen to self-manage Red Hat OpenShift clusters on top of AWS. While the elasticity, scalability, and security of AWS have proven very popular with Red Hat OpenShift customers, self-managing clusters requires added effort and expense and customers also have to manage two provider relationships for support and billing. These customers have asked for an AWS managed service for Red Hat OpenShift that works seamlessly with other AWS services at scale, and integrates support and billing into the AWS user experience.

With ROSA, customers can quickly and easily create Kubernetes clusters using familiar Red Hat OpenShift application programming interfaces (APIs) and tooling and seamlessly access the full breadth and depth of AWS services -- all from within the AWS console. ROSA brings elasticity and pay-as-you-go pricing to Red Hat OpenShift via a new Red Hat subscription that eliminates the need for complex, multi-year contracts and allows customers to align their Red Hat OpenShift consumption in AWS with their business needs. With ROSA, customers can now access a Red Hat OpenShift subscription with billing and support directly through AWS, delivering the simplicity of a single provider experience and freeing customers from the procurement and operational complexities of managing two separate provider relationships. Additionally, ROSA maintains key compliance validations, including SOC-2, ISO-27001 and PCI.

"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. "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."

"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, VP, Hosted Platforms, Red Hat. "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, including the Accenture AWS Business Group (AABG) and its IBM Red Hat team, has an extensive background in the strategy, design and implementation of holistic container solutions.

"Our deep skills and broad experience in building and running large-scale and mission-critical Red Hat OpenShift clusters, both on-premises and deployed to the cloud, uniquely position Accenture for effective collaboration with AWS and Red Hat," said Andy Tay, Global Lead of the Accenture AWS Business Group, Accenture. "The launch of ROSA as a fully managed service is the next step in the evolution of OpenShift. It means that Accenture can focus on delivering the benefits of modern applications for our clients, leveraging the cloud managed services provided by AWS and Red Hat."

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