AWS adds quick starts for IBM Spectrum Scale and Red Hat OpenShift.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), has added three additional supported products to its Quick Start deployment guides library.
Quick Starts are pre-configured deployment solutions that automate and streamline the process for setting up, configuring, and launching new services in AWS. Each Quick Start is built with AWS CloudFormation templates and promises to reduce the time it takes for a new AWS service being set up to around an hour.
AWS users will be able to use Quick Starts starting this week to deploy the software-defined IBM Spectrum Scale storage system, Red Hat OpenShift container platforms, and the Solace virtual message router (VMR)
IBM Spectrum Scale
The IBM Spectrum Scale software defined storage solution is more efficient and scalable than traditional storage systems. It can scale in capacity, bandwidth, IOPS, and nodes.
According to AWS, the IBM Spectrum Scale Quick Start was created “for users who require highly-available access to a shared space across multiple instances with high performance, without requiring a deep understanding of IBM Spectrum Scale.” This Quick Start creates IBM Spectrum Scale instances within a user’s virtual personal cloud (VPC), which spans two AWS availability areas.
The Quick Start license for IBM Spectrum Scale is only valid for 90 days. To continue using IBM Spectrum Scale, customers will need to purchase licenses from IBM after the trial period.
Red Hat OpenShift
Red Hat OpenShift containers platform, built with Docker containers as well as the Kubernetes orchestration software, gives AWS developers another way to run their apps.
Red Hat OpenShift Quickstart uses Ansible playbooks and CloudFormation templates to deploy Red Hat OpenShift within a user’s VPC. It spans three availability zones. As AWS explains
“The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates which build the AWS infrastructure following AWS best practices. They then pass that environment on to Ansible playbooks to create the OpenShift environment. AWS CloudFormation templates utilize AWS Lambda to create a dynamic SSH key pairing that is loaded into an Auto Scaling Group. Ansible automatically generates the inventory file. CloudFormation stacks are used to deploy and degrade OpenShift environments. The deployment includes OpenShift master and etcd nodes as well as nodes that provide the runtime environment to containers.
Solace VMR
Solace VMR allows users to funnel data from a wide range of environments and form factors, including Internet of Things devices (IoT).
Each Quick Start for Solace MR takes approximately 20 minutes. “This Quick Start deploys Solace VMR instance into a virtual private Cloud (VPC), in your AWS account. AWS stated that Docker is installed on each VMR instances and Solace is installed within a Docker container.
The environment is designed for high availability and supported by three AWS availability areas.
You can find more information about AWS Quick Starts here.

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