Modern IT is designed with 3 primary goals in mind: making things simpler, faster and more efficient. Which makes sense, since at the end of the day, organizations are ultimately working towards accelerating time to value  -- and want options to help them do so.

Red Hat approaches our technologies with these key tenets in mind and Red Hat OpenShift is no exception. Kubernetes can be complex, and those complexities are only compounded when managing containers at scale. From new features and enhancements, to delivery as a cloud service, we are continually looking for ways to simplify Kubernetes and enable users to focus on what matters to them most -- delivering applications quickly and managing them efficiently.  

To help organizations focus on the applications and reduce management overhead even more, we’re pleased to announce hosted control planes for Red Hat OpenShift, including the latest development - the preview of Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS with hosted control planes.

Simplifying Kubernetes through abstraction
As many organizations enter later stages of their digital transformation efforts, their number of Kubernetes clusters has scaled immensely - creating increased complexities and inefficiencies. Based on the HyperShift project, hosted control planes remove the burden of managing the control plane infrastructure. This moves us towards the next phase of abstraction in enterprise IT, where Kubernetes becomes more accessible to more people by stripping away the infrastructure complexity surrounding it.

Red Hat OpenShift cloud services automate the deployment and management of Red Hat OpenShift clusters, so organizations can build, deploy and scale applications quickly and focus on their business, not managing infrastructure. Now, with hosted control planes, the control plane ownership is shifted to Red Hat, providing additional operational efficiencies for customers as well as substantial cost savings.

Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS with hosted control planes allows organizations to:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs by 3-5x on average vs hosting the control plane in their own cloud account. Customers can also spin up and tear down clusters quicker and easier when not in use for additional cost savings.
  • Enhance operational efficiency provisioning time which was previously 30-40 minutes now takes on average 10-15 minutes, enabling organizations to get started and build and deploy apps even faster.
  • Increase reliability and resiliency by offloading the control plane infrastructure management to Red Hat, reducing the chance of error or deletion of resources.

Hosted control planes for Red Hat OpenShift is a big step forward in reducing the management and operational overhead of managing clusters at scale. Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA) with hosted control planes is now available as a preview. Additionally, hosted control planes for self-managed OpenShift is now available as a technology preview for bare metal, AWS and OpenShift Virtualization installations.

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