Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) vs. Red Hat OpenShift

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers.
$0
per hour per GB
Red Hat OpenShift
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.
$0.08
per hour
Pricing
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)Red Hat OpenShift
Editions & Modules
AWS Fargate Launch Type Model
Spot price: $0.0013335. Ephemeral Storage Pricing: $0.000111
per hour per storage
Amazon EC2 Launch Type Model
Free
Amazon ECS on AWS Outposts
Free
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)Red Hat OpenShift
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsThere is no additional charge for Amazon ECS. You pay for AWS resources (e.g., Amazon EC2 instances or Amazon EBS volumes) you create to store and run your application. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no upfront commitments.
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Community Pulse
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)Red Hat OpenShift
Considered Both Products
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Chose Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
The comparison between Amazon ECS versus Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for us came down to the other services already in motion. A lot of companies tend to go really deep with a particular vendor (Amazon, Google, Microsoft etc) and we were already using a bunch of Amazon …
Red Hat OpenShift
Chose Red Hat OpenShift
The other platforms are cloud based, and less relevant when you have to choose an on prem scenario.

Red Hat OpenShift encapsulates Kubernetes and provides more, so that you have an all-in-one platform instead of dealing with various separate services.
Chose Red Hat OpenShift
Redhat has a high license cost but offers support and the ability to run workloads anywhere with practically no changes.
Red hat allows easier shelling into a container to inspect what is wrong, VS ECS or EKS. There is a lengthy blog post on how to do that for ECS on AWSs blog. …
Chose Red Hat OpenShift
We decided to use OpenShift for our on-premises environment, to deploy applications that are not able to go to the cloud.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)Red Hat OpenShift
Container Management
Comparison of Container Management features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
8.1
1 Ratings
3% above category average
Red Hat OpenShift
-
Ratings
Security and Isolation9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Container Orchestration9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cluster Management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Storage Management8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Allocation and Optimization8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Discovery Tools8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Update Rollouts and Rollbacks7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-Healing and Recovery8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Analytics, Monitoring, and Logging7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform-as-a-Service
Comparison of Platform-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
-
Ratings
Red Hat OpenShift
7.9
90 Ratings
3% below category average
Ease of building user interfaces00 Ratings8.274 Ratings
Scalability00 Ratings8.790 Ratings
Platform management overhead00 Ratings7.382 Ratings
Workflow engine capability00 Ratings7.573 Ratings
Platform access control00 Ratings8.384 Ratings
Services-enabled integration00 Ratings7.876 Ratings
Development environment creation00 Ratings8.082 Ratings
Development environment replication00 Ratings8.077 Ratings
Issue monitoring and notification00 Ratings7.780 Ratings
Issue recovery00 Ratings7.979 Ratings
Upgrades and platform fixes00 Ratings7.883 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Docker
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Score 9.2 out of 10
IBM Cloud Private
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)Red Hat OpenShift
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(7 ratings)
8.6
(99 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(9 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(7 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(19 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(4 ratings)
7.3
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(2 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)Red Hat OpenShift
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is well suited where you need the ease of managing the clusters by letting AWS do the stuff for you. Obviously, whenever you want to run the docker based workloads, it is always better to go for either AWS ECS or AWS EKS. If you are interested in staying at AWS only and don't want to be cloud-agnostic, then go for AWS ECS instead of AWS EKS. AWS ECS is cheaper than AWS EKS and also more managed by AWS and better integrated with other AWS services. If you want to run those workloads as serverless, then AWS ECS Fargate is the best option to go with. If you already have a Kubernetes based setup that you want to migrate to AWS, then go for AWS EKS instead of AWS ECS.
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Red Hat
Well, in our case, because I have two use cases, one is with the operator, which obviously is super easy with OpenShift because it's just click, click start aside from the issue from the operator. But that's a different interview. And the other point is for the web portal that our portal team uses, it's very easy. Two perform a task needed for them to do their deployment, their pipelines, and their daily Java.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • One of the biggest advantages is the flexibility to change underlying EC2 instances. As the traffic or demand increases, we can easily change EC2 instances without any issues.
  • Amazon ECS APIs are extremely robust and one can start and stop containers by firing one post request only. So, it is not mandatory to keep the demo solutions up for every time. Just at the time of demo fire the command - make the container up and running - do the demo - down the container with API. A simple portal can control every container which helps non-technical (sales, marketing) to do the demo without keeping the solutions up for the entire time frame.
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Red Hat
  • Scales very well.
  • It provides you with a landing pad to modernize what you have in a phased approach so you don't have to do it all at once, right? You can take small pieces of work and implement those on OpenShift over time. It enables us to be able to implement things like GI ops configuration as a service, and infrastructure as a service using the tools that are native to OpenShift, which gives us far greater reliability and consistency as far as monitoring for any kind of drift and configuration or unauthorized changes. So it pretty much gives us a lot of visibility on things that are otherwise relatively difficult to see using the old means of doing what we do. So it provides us with a modern set of tools to accomplish all those objectives.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • A cleaner container service road map
  • It would be. nice to have more AI recommended cluster reductions
  • The UX could use some simplification
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Red Hat
  • Network of observability, so having one single screen to see to have some network-related metrics for the pod levels. Also at the cluster itself level and more importantly is ease of use for troubleshooting when there's any timeout. This has been the single kind of issue I've been facing for my three years of experience with OpenShift and it hasn't been an easy task for such troubleshooting.
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Likelihood to Renew
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
Leverage OpenShift Online constantly at both the free and paid tiers. While AWS is convenient, it often brings more administration than I want to deal with for a quick application (i.e. Drupal or Wordpress blog). OpenShift also simplifies the DNS registration and ability to share application environments with team members
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Usability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
As I said before, the obserability is one of the weakest point of OpenShift and that has a lot to do with usability. The Kibana console is not fully integrated with OpenShift console and you have to switch from tab to tab to use it. Same with Prometheus, Jaeger and Grafan, it's a "simple" integration but if you want to do complex queries or dashboards you have to go to the specific console
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Performance
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
Applications deployed to OpenShift clusters stay responsive when peak load hits or when the traffic dies down - since the platform reacts by scaling out or scaling in the deployed applications elastically - achieved through' policy sense and response automation - leveraging monitoring, measuring (metrics), auto-scaling to meet SLAs, SLOs, and SLIs. This approach works for stateless or stateful business logic hosting applications. The deployed applications perform consistently, stably, and securely across many deployment platforms - public clouds, private data centers, at the edge, or on factory floors - hosted by bare metal or virtual environments.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
Support is relatively good, although the documentation sometimes is lacking, as well as outdated in our experience, especially when we initiated the process of using this service. But once we found how to assemble things, we haven't really required support from anyone at AWS, the service works without problems so we haven't had the need to contact support, which speaks well of how ECS is built.
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Red Hat
Their customer support team is good and quick to respond. On a couple of occassions, they have helped us in solving some issues which we were finding a tad difficult to comprehend. On a rare occasion, the response was a bit slow but maybe it was because of the festival season. Overall a good experience on this front.
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
EKS is a Kubernetes technology and you need to learn Kubernetes and build a cluster before using it. So there's a learning curve here. ECS was easier to implement and simpler to have in our use case. It takes less time to run a workload and make it available.
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Red Hat
We had some existing apps and were looking for a platform to modernize our app deployments and scale for future growth. Based on Kubernetes, OpenShift offers more flexibility and customization. We could deploy any type of containerized application, not just Cloud Foundry-specific ones. I particularly liked the built-in security and its focus on rapid and automated deployments. Moreover, our cloud strategy isn't set in stone. OpenShift's flexibility means we could deploy on-prem, in multiple public clouds, or use a hybrid approach - something other products couldn't offer as expected.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
It's easy to understand what are being billed and what's included in each type of subscription. Same with the support (Std or Premium) you know exactly what to expect when you need to use it. The "core" unit approach on the subscription made really simple to scale and carry the workloads from one site to another.
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • We achieved minimum downtime.
  • The autoscaling kept the performance of the services great.
  • We saved money by running the workloads on AWS ECS in Fargate mode by having different settings for different services to save on the hardware configuration side as well as having scheduled tasks.
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Red Hat
  • I'll say a lot of positive impact because when we started making this product aware to all the application domains in our business, they saw how easy to use. I mean we are giving a lot of control to the development team, how they can scale their application, how can they check the health of the application, and what action they can take if they are in any kind of failure or even meeting the business's SLA. So there are a lot of capabilities and those are really new features they can use. Those I think are a good use of OpenShift.
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