Amazon AWS vs Red Hat OpenShift comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on May 18, 2022

Categories and Ranking

Amazon AWS
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
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Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) (2nd)
Red Hat OpenShift
Ranking in PaaS Clouds
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Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the PaaS Clouds category, the mindshare of Amazon AWS is 13.5%, down from 19.9% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Red Hat OpenShift is 10.9%, down from 14.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Richard Halter - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 1, 2022
Very fast with good stability and great for microservice architecture
I haven't delved down deep enough into the solution in order to come up with an answer for what may be lacking. The only real downside to AWS is they can easily shut you down if they want to. Clients ask us "Well, what happens if I go and put this on AWS and they don't like me for some screwy reason and all of a sudden they shut me down, they've killed my entire company?" While AWS often is at the top of my list to recommend to people, I always have to tell them, "Hey, you got to be careful because if they don't like you, they can shut you down in a heartbeat. And they can kill an entire company by doing that."
Dec 12, 2022
Provides us with the flexibility and efficiency of cloud-native stacks while enabling us to meet regulatory constraints
OpenShift offers more stability than Kubernetes. With OpenShift, we get a complete ecosystem around the developer, which includes extras that aren't available with Kubernetes. If we build in a Kubernetes environment ourselves, we have to do a lot of work to get it on the same level as OpenShift. One of the nicest parts of OpenShift is the UI, which allows developers to log on and start building their applications very quickly. The integrations are essential to OpenShift, including pipelining and service mesh. By default, OpenShift is very secure. Out of the box, our role access is in place. We can easily connect to our active directory or our open ID providers. The constraints in the platform are also secure by default. OpenShift is one of the most secure solutions out of the box. OpenShift's security features for writing business-critical applications are okay. In addition to OpenShift, we use advanced security calls to help developers and application teams keep their applications and projects secure. This depends on a lot of factors, such as the type of application. We work to keep our deployments and applications secure on container versions and solutions, as well as within our applications. We help customers set up their baselines. We recommend not running the applications on the root and staying as close to Kubernetes or OpenShift as possible. This is all we need to do in order to be successful with baselines. OpenShift has made a lot of strides in the last few months including moving the dashboards to an OpenShift UI making it much easier for a developer to track applications and they no longer need an extra portal to show the metrics or log off their applications. There are many advantages of using multiple Red Hat products together starting with the integration. We have a one-stop shop for support and we can bundle the products for a huge discount.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The documentation is very good."
"The AWS feature that I most enjoy is Lambda functions. I primarily use serverless components because they allow you to process things without having to compromise on resources like when running EC2 instances or virtual machines. With minimal effort, you can scale up an unlimited number of processes, even concurrently, to process things. I frequently work with web APIs, so I use Lambda a lot in this area."
"The solution also helps organizations to move applications to a containerized platform."
"The ease of use is the biggest benefit."
"It has good reporting and documentation."
"They provide cutting-edge features compared to other cloud vendors."
"I think Amazon AWS is easy to use, and it's a good service. I also like Amazon EKS because it's good."
"The solution can scale well."
"Two stand-out features are the security model and value-add features that don't exist in Upstream Kubernetes."
"The developers seem to like the source-to-image feature. That makes it easy for them to deploy an application from code into containers, so they don't have to think about things. They take it straight from their code into a containerized application. If you don't have OpenShift, you have to build the container and then deploy the container to, say, EKS or something like that."
"We want to build a solution that can be deployable to any cloud because of client requirements and OpenShift allows us to do this."
"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)."
"Overall, the solution's security throughout the stack and software supply chain is excellent."
"What I like best about OpenShift is that it can reduce some of the costs of having multiple applications because you can just move them into small container applications. For example, applications don't need to run for twenty days, only to be used up by Monday. Through OpenShift, you can move some of the small applications into any cloud. I also find the design of OpenShift good."
"I have seen a return on investment, and it depends upon the types and the nature of some of the most critical applications that have been hosted on the OpenShift infrastructure."
"It is a stable platform."


"There should be improvement in terms of creating databases of varying sizes which would provide flexibility."
"The security right now needs improvement. It's not bad, per se. It's just that there's always room for improvement in security."
"Amazon needs to develop better tools for troubleshooting network traffic, application insights, performance, and even some aspects of integration mapping. I'm hoping AWS implements something like Azure's Network Watcher and a log analytics solution where a can pull logs from various services and present them in a single dashboard. I want to summarize the performance and usage of every service and application."
"The interface needs a bit of work. It's not intuitive."
"The solution could have better security and more integration with other platforms."
"The pricing is something you have to watch. You really have to constantly optimize your costs for instances and things like that. That can become a job in itself to manage just from a budgeting standpoint."
"It should be easier to monitor the performance and generate analytic information so that we can determine how to provide better support for our clients."
"This solution would be improved with the inclusion of hybrid Kubernetes management."
"One area for improvement is the documentation. They need to make it a little bit more user-friendly. Also, if you compare certain features and the installation process with Rancher, Rancher is simpler."
"Latency and performance are two areas of concern in OpenShift where improvements are required."
"Needs work on volume handling (although this is already better with GlusterFS). Security (SSSD) would also be an improvement."
"The operators need a lot of improvement, with better integrations."
"The software-defined networking part of it caused us quite a bit of heartburn. We ran into a lot of problems with the difference between on-prem and cloud, where we had to make quite a number of modifications... They've since resolved it, so it's not really an issue anymore."
"Documentation and technical support could be improved. The product is good, but when we raise a case with support—say we are having an image issue—the support is not really up to the mark. It is difficult to get support... When we raise a case, their support people will hesitate to get on a call or a screen-sharing session. That is a major drawback when it comes to OpenShift."
"OpenShift's storage management could be better."
"My team has found some bugs in OpenShift due to continuous integration, and this is an area for improvement in the platform. RedHat should fix the bugs. Another area for improvement in OpenShift is that upgrading clusters can be challenging, resulting in downtime. Application support also needs improvement in OpenShift because the platform doesn't support all applications in the cloud. I'd like upgraded storage in the next release of OpenShift, especially when I need to do a DR exercise. It would also be good if the platform allows mirroring with another cluster, or more portability in terms of moving applications to another cluster."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"When it comes to professional certification in AWS, I implore others to study hard before your exams because $300 is a painful waste of money if you fail."
"It seems to be reasonable. It's the first one that I've used as a cloud platform, so they've set the benchmark for me, and now, I'm comparing everything else to them."
"When I first started using the solution I used a free trial, and then we upgraded to a pay-as-you-go subscription. We have an allocated budget of $50."
"The solution is expensive, and I rate it an eight out of ten."
"Licensing is on a yearly basis. I believe we are satisfied with the current pricing. Otherwise, we would have switched to another vendor."
"We are reducing costs year-over-year."
"Amazon AWS could have more options and transparency in its pricing model. You need in-depth knowledge to adopt AWS. So someone without that knowledge base might not understand all of the costs associated with AWS."
"I find Amazon AWS very expensive compare to Microsoft Azure."
"The solution is cost-effective."
"It's expensive. It may be cheaper to invest in building Vanilla Kubernetes, especially if security is not the number one motivation or requirement. Of course, that's difficult, and in some business areas, such as banking, that's not something you can put as a second priority. In other situations, a Vanilla Kubernetes with a sufficiently strong team can be cheaper and almost as effective."
"I don't deal with the cost part, but I know that the cost is very high when compared to other products. They charge for CPU and memory, but we don't worry about it."
"OpenShift is really good when we need to start, but once we get to a certain scale, it becomes too expensive."
"The product has reasonable pricing."
"The product’s pricing is expensive."
"Pricing of OpenShift depends on the number of nodes and who is hosting it."
"The cost is quite high."
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Questions from the Community

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Which would you recommend - Pivotal Cloud Foundry or OpenShift?
Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a cloud-native application platform to simplify app delivery. It is efficient and effective. The best feature is how easy it is to handle external services such as database...
What do you like most about OpenShift?
OpenShift facilitates DevOps practices and improves CI/CD workflows in terms of stability compared to Jenkins.
What needs improvement with OpenShift?
The platform's documentation could be more comprehensive to cover the full spectrum of user needs. Sometimes, achieving specific goals is challenging due to a lack of detailed guidance.

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