Yesterday at Red Hat Summit, Red Hat announced a partnership with AWS through which some of the AWS services will be available for apps deployed on OpenShift, running on both AWS and On-Premises.
What does it mean?
To the end customers, it gives them single throat to choke. They don’t have to alternate between OpenShift support and AWS support while trying to figure out why their application is not working properly. This is a significant advantage, especially for enterprise customers. Other than this, there is not much of a difference compared to procuring the AWS services outside of OpenShift.
How does it help Red Hat?
For Red Hat, it adds credibility to their OpenShift public cloud offering as well as OpenShift Container Platform deployed on AWS. It gives confidence to customers that OpenShift is a credible platform on the public cloud. This helps Red Hat establish legitimacy for their public cloud OpenShift offering as well as making OpenShift container platform a credible player in the multi-cloud world.
How does it help Amazon?
This puts some enterprise credibility into AWS. Though AWS is fast gaining traction among enterprise customers, the enterprise cloud market is still wide open. This helps AWS services gain more enterprise adoption because enterprise data will be inside AWS through the use of data services by OpenShift customers. Remember, one who owns data wins in the cloud market.
In short, this solves a simple but critical enterprise need, i.e. one throat to choke.