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Red Hat speeds app deployment with AWS cloud services in OpenShift Container Platform

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Red Hat customers will now be able to deploy Amazon Web Services (AWS) tools directly from Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform, thanks to a new partnership announced Tuesday.

The AWS services can be leveraged through OpenShift in the cloud and on-premise, according to a press release announcing the integration. Also, the integration of new AWS products and services will come to Red Hat Enterprise Linux even faster as a result.

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“With AWS’s pace of innovation continuing to accelerate, we’re excited about deepening our alliance with Red Hat so that customers can enjoy AWS’s unmatched functionality as quickly as it comes out, whether they’re using Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform,” AWS CEO Andy Jassey said in the release.

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From the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, users will be able to configure and deploy a host of AWS services, many of which are focused on providing database services and big data tools. Products such as Amazon Aurora, Amazon Redshift, Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, and Elastic Load Balancing will be available, among others, the release said.

Red Hat and AWS have been working together since 2008 to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux on AWS. However, the latest integration highlights the growth of container use in the enterprise.

“This will enable Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform customers to be more agile as they’ll be able to use the same application development platform to build on premises or in the cloud,” the release said. “Red Hat and AWS will also work together to provide a single support path backed by both companies, so customers can run their applications in production with confidence.”

Virtualization giant VMware has also been deepening its integration with AWS, specifically around workload migration. In addition to its VMware cloud integration, AWS has a vCenter plugin that makes it easier to migrate VMware workloads to AWS.

While containers and virtual machines can be used in tandem, they are primarily seen as distinct methods of handling workloads. By increasings its options for use among the virtualization crowd and container fans, AWS is hedging its bets with traditional admins and the DevOps faithful alike.

The new integration is expected to be generally available sometime in the fall of 2017.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. A new integration will allow AWS services to be deployed from the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
  2. The integration is currently focused on database and big data services, and aims to increase the agility with which businesses can deploy apps.
  3. VMware has its own integrations with AWS as well, meaning the cloud giant has options that will appeal to both traditional admins and DevOps fans.

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