AWS Service Broker 'Supercharges' Red Hat, Pivotal Application Platforms

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By releasing its AWS Service Broker this Wednesday as open-source code, Amazon Web Services will further facilitate enterprise digital transformation projects and deployment of seamless hybrid clouds, said an AWS solutions architect who specializes in helping partners migrate customers to DevOps and big data services.

The service broker implements APIs that extend the capabilities of Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift — popular development platforms from two of Amazon's most-important technology partners, Mandus Momberg told partners during a session of the AWS re:Invent Global Partner Summit Monday.

Cloud Foundry and OpenShift both are major drivers of cloud adoption because they leverage container technology to deliver unified developer experiences across heterogenous environments, Momberg said.

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AWS Service Broker is the "supercharger" for those platforms because it makes it easy to add to them native AWS capabilities. Built from the Open Service Broker API in close cooperation with Pivotal and Red Hat, it allows developers to provision AWS resources, such as S3 storage, through the platforms and connect them directly to their cloud-native applications.

Once it's open-sourced and available on GitHub, partners and customers will be able to modify the code for "extended control about how resources get deployed," Momberg told re:Invent attendees.

Amazon will initially expose 10 AWS services through APIs to this week's open-source release, including Redshift, RDS and Athena. Within the next 10 months, most AWS services will become available.

The service broker doesn't even need to run in an AWS environment. Users can provision native AWS services while controlling management functions within their on-premises environments.

"We have partnered with some exceptional application platform partners," Momberg said of Red Hat and Pivotal. "Together with our partners, we have made the deployment of these platforms on AWS a lot easier."

The collaboration between the enterprise software vendors has yielded accelerators that can get Pivotal Cloud Foundry running on AWS in less than two hours, and Red Hat's OpenShift container platform in 30 minutes, he noted.

Those application platforms are helping customers digitally transform, he said, around the three pillars of cloud-native businesses: elasticity, availability and agility.

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