Compare Amazon AWS vs. OpenShift

Amazon AWS is ranked 2nd in PaaS Clouds with 12 reviews while OpenShift is ranked 3rd in PaaS Clouds with 10 reviews. Amazon AWS is rated 9.0, while OpenShift is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Amazon AWS writes "Much faster than other solutions at a super low cost". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenShift writes "We can operate client’s platform without downtime during security patch management". Amazon AWS is most compared with OpenShift, Google Firebase and SAP Cloud Platform, whereas OpenShift is most compared with Amazon AWS, IBM Cloud Private and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. See our Amazon AWS vs. OpenShift report.
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As a service vendor, we have helped clients to achieve faster "go to market" on their products, and have provided highly flexible cost-effective system management solutions.We have seen an improvement in our infrastructure, as the code makes it very easy to deploy quickly to AWS.Their technical support is really good. I am very satisfied.With the pay-as-you-go model, we don't have to predict future IT needs. We can just scale up as we want. That helps with a lot of agility in deploying stuff in our IT infrastructure.They release new solutions almost every quarter and you don't get that kind of innovation from an enterprise company.It offers durability, high availability, fault tolerance, and a high TCO benefit.This solution features ease of use and market adaptability.The cutting-edge design is valuable.

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We are able to operate client’s platform without downtime during security patch management each month and provide a good SLA (as scalability for applications is processed during heavy client website load, automatically).This solution is providing a platform with OOTB features that are difficult to build from scratch.I love to automate everything and OpenShift was been born for that. It takes care of the network layer itself and I don't need to dive into it; I can work on a top level. Our project has numerous services designed to run in Docker containers, and we have run almost all pieces in OpenShift.The virtualization of my APIs means I no longer have to pay VMware large amounts of money to only run in-house solutions.Scaling and uptime of the applications are positives.Valuable features include auto-recreate of pod if pod fails; fast rollback, with one click, to previous version.Key features are WildFly, because it standardizes infrastructure and the git repository and docker. Git is essential for source code and Docker for infrastructure.Security is also an important part of this solution. By default, things are running with limited privileges and securely confined to their own resources. This way, different users and projects can all use the same infrastructure.

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This solution would be improved with the inclusion of hybrid Kubernetes management.An easier way to determine estimated costs quickly would be helpful.There's not much room for improvement but that being said, they can improve the overall process of the overall product features and backend.The AWS documentation is written in a way that is not very intuitive. That's an area they can improve.AWS should provide even more support and engagement to accelerate the adoption of new services and features.The use of this tool should be extended to Google and Apple operating systems.More complete and specific training for many of the technologies, specifically with Python Django and the CMS (Mezzanine).The pricing could be adjusted to provide more advantages versus current on-premise solutions for business applications.

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If we can have a GUI-based configuration with better flexibility then it will be great.I think that OpenShift has too many commands for running services from the CLI, and the configuration files are a little complicated.There have been some issues with security, in particular, that we had to address. At times they make it “clunky." I am quite confident these parameters will appear in the next releases. They have been reported as bugs and are actually in process.Needs work on volume handling (although this is already better with GlusterFS). Security (SSSD) would also be an improvement.It could use auto-scaling based on criteria such as transaction volume, queue backlog, etc. Currently, it is limited to CPU and memory.Credential not hidden, so people on the same group can view it.It would be great if it supported Bitbucket repositories too.The area for improvement is mostly in support for legacy applications.

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It's pay-as-you-go... but I think the pricing becomes a problem as the IT organization grows. They need to give better pricing when companies grow.​AWS is much too expensive compared to current on-premises solution for this type of work.AWS IaaS is a very generic service, which is extremely overpriced.​We are reducing costs year-over-year.Much faster than other solutions at a super low cost.One of the best-kept ways to reduce costs is to develop it on serverless technologies with AWS Lambda, SNS, DynamoDB, and S3.One of the best thing in Amazon AWS is you are billed for the service you use.

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Nurit Sherman
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It really depends on the use case. I have used both for different projects. Including deploying Openshift cluster on AWS but to keep this response somewhat simplified, keep in mind Openshift is really a CaaS (Container as a Service) offering and layered over Kubernetes. Whereas AWS EKS and ECS are managed services (so yes, PaaS). If you need to DIY (do it yourself) or have functionality closer to native Kubernetes and want to manage your own cluster (or required to do so for various compliance reasons), then Openshift distributions (whether OCP - this costs more due to Red Hat support; or OKD - completely free and open source) from Red Hat are very good CaaS solutions. If your project compliance and costs allows cloud service providers (like Amazon in this case, or even Azure in other cases) to host your containers using the CSP managed services, then AWS ECS or EKS are fine solutions too in those cases.

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Bahaa Farouk (Vodafone)
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I would second Shivali mentioned that AWS is more scalable PaaS and it terms of wide range of tools and platforms ready for use. Adding to this, OpenShift has the advantage of building private cloud setup for those still struggle with Public Cloud regulations .. So I would recommend AWS PaaS and identify carefully your needs to apply the best choice setup and avoid waste resources and paying extra subscriptions for not well utilized sources.

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As per my personal experience, AWS is a very scalable Platform as a Service making it useful for all sizes.AWS provides many failover models which may be difficult to understand in terms which suits your requirement. Be sure to understand your capability needs and discuss with AWS these different choices.

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Also Known As
EC2, Amazon Web Services, AWS
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Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a collection of cloud computing services, also called web services, that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by These services operate from 12 geographical regions across the world. The most central and well-known of these services arguably include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, also known as "EC2", and Amazon Simple Storage Service, also known as "S3". Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

OpenShift is Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows developers to quickly develop, host, and scale applications in a cloud environment. With OpenShift you have a choice of offerings, including online, on-premise, and open source project options.

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Pinterest, General Electric, Pfizer, Netflix, and Nasdaq.
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Top Industries
Software R&D Company14%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm7%
Software R&D Company31%
Media Company10%
Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company6%
Software R&D Company43%
Comms Service Provider13%
Media Company7%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise59%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise67%
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