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Five Things To Know About Bottlerocket, AWS’ New Container-Optimized Linux

AWS introduced Bottlerocket to power containerized workloads running on its own managed container services, and everywhere else.

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Bottlerocket isn’t the first operating system stripped down to most-efficiently run containers, but it’s one that is likely to see rapid adoption, and generate a significant partner opportunity, because of its tight integration with native services in the industry’s leading public cloud, as well as innovative upgrading and security capabilities.

“We are one of largest destinations for customers running containerized workloads,” Peder Ulander, who lead’s AWS’ open source efforts, told CRN. That includes enterprises self-managing orchestrators like Kubernetes or Docker Swarm, or opting for managed AWS container services Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (EKS) and Amazon Elastic Container Services (ECS).

While the project is led by Amazon, and focused on Amazon’s cloud, Bottlerocket is open source—it can be deployed anywhere: on-premises, any competing public cloud, on the network’s edge, and even in non-containerized environments like AWS EC2 instances, Ulander said.

Bottlerocket has been in a beta preview for around three months, and in that time most of AWS’ publicly acknowledged container customers have deployed it to some degree. Internally, the team behind Amazon SageMaker has also been working closely with Bottlerocket developers to optimize the AWS machine learning platform, Ulander said.

The new operating system creates a huge opportunity for Amazon’s technology and channel partners, said Gaurav Rishi, head of product at Kasten, the first data management provider certified to do backup, disaster recovery and application migration for Bottlerocket.

“This is great news for channels since this not only underscores the fact that vendors are doubling-down on container-related innovations, but these innovations help their customers with far more simplified operations for business continuity in the cloud-native world,” Rishi told CRN.  

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