Amazon is more open to the hybrid cloud, but not to multicloud


The provider aims to bridge the AWS Marketplace to facilitate the local deployment of Kubernetes applications that were first designed to run on its public cloud infrastructure.

Business applications, machine learning, IoT, data management … The AWS Marketplace has over 10,000 applications powered by over 1,600 publishers. Among the most popular are, for example, the WordPress CMS, the PostgreSQL and MySQL databases, or the Databricks and Snowflakes data platforms. Amazon claims more than 310,000 customers registered in its marketplace. On the occasion of AWS re: Invent 2021, which will take place from November 29 to December 3 in Las Vegas, the group is launching the AWS Marketplace for Containers Anywhere. With this brick, the provider’s goal is to open up more widely to the hybrid cloud.

“With Containers Anywhere, our customers can now take advantage of the Kubernetes applications offered in the AWS Marketplace for in-house deployment,” said Channy Yun, principal developer advocate at AWS. The device is immediately available in all Amazon cloud regions around the world. Jeff Bezos ’company takes the opportunity to announce a first series of products sold through Containers Anywhere in its marketplace. These include the DevOps offering from JFrog, the data management platform from Veeam (Kasten), the observability service from Prosimo and the cloud-native security technology from Palo Alto Networks.

Open up to private clouds

“Containers Anywhere can use any customer -managed Kubernetes cluster,” Channy Yun said. “With this new mechanism, you have a single catalog of containerized and deployable software on AWS and locally.” No one mentioned the possibility of implementing in a third-party public cloud. True, Amazon is opening the door wide to the hybrid cloud by facilitating the porting of applications from its ecosystem to private clouds, but not reaching multicloud, though the term Anywhere might suggest it.

During the preview announcement of EKS Anywhere last year, JDN fell into the trap (read the article published on the occasion of Re: Invent 2020 Amazon is taking the first step towards multicloud). “EKS Anywhere is an Amazon EKS deployment option (the historic offer of Kubernetes as a Service from AWS, the editor notes) to operate Kubernetes clusters locally “, confirmed Channy Yun. The final version of EKS Anywhere was launched in September 2021. Admittedly, this brick can technically be installed on another cloud provider, but access to AWS maintenance service becomes impossible (as set out in its price list), de facto preventing any deployment of even partially critical applications.dollars per cluster and per year, provided that three years.

The open source paradox

However, a paradox remains. Both EKS and EKS Anywhere are based on Amazon’s open source Kubernetes distribution (EKS Distro). Published on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 license, according to AWS it follows the same update cycle as the two KaaS services. Conclusion: a company can use it to deploy its own KaaS wherever it wishes, including in the cloud other than Amazon, obviously (again) without the possibility of support. Also on the occasion of its global event in 2021, AWS also added a new open source layer to EKS by announcing Karpenter: an autoscaling brick (also under the Apache 2.0 license) that allows size on the fly, on -the -time, AWS calculation of resources based on traffic.

Are there cloud providers that offer multi-cloud Kubernetes services? There is even one: the French Scaleway. Iliad’s cloud subsidiary launched the Capsule offer at the end of October 2021. A KaaS designed to deploy and run one or more Kubernetes clusters that can use both Scaleway instances and those of other cloud providers .

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