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Announcing the AWS Containers Rapid Adoption Assistance initiative for public sector partners

By 2025, Gartner predicts that 85% of large enterprises in mature economies will use container management due to growing adoption of cloud-native applications and infrastructure. Public sector organizations can benefit from containers as they can enable building mission critical applications with better fault tolerance and agility, migrating applications across different platforms and in modernizing legacy applications. To help AWS Partners build containerized applications on behalf of public sector organizations, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching the AWS Containers Rapid Adoption Assistance (CRAA) initiative.

Launching the AWS Containers Rapid Adoption Assistance (CRAA) initiative

AWS CRAA provides AWS Partners with an automated mechanism for reaching out to AWS experts to build and deliver AWS solutions using containers. As part of the initiative, the AWS team offers technical expertise and hands-on guidance to partners to help accelerate solution deployments on behalf of public sector customers.

Participating partners receive technical assistance in three phases. In the first phase, focused on envisioning, participating partners learn about AWS container services. An AWS expert will learn about partners’ goals and needs and facilitates a brainstorming session to create a roadmap to competency and adoption. During the second phase, focused on enablement, AWS continues to educate participating partners to help them implement the design. During the third phase, focused on building, AWS Partners begin to build their solution with technical support and guidance from AWS, helping them to complete a proof of concept. At this phase, qualified partners may be eligible for AWS Promotional Credit to help offset the costs of training and development.

How to apply to the AWS Containers Rapid Adoption Assistance (CRAA) initiative

Fill out the AWS Containers Rapid Adoption Assistance initiative interest form to get started. Upon receiving the form, the AWS team will evaluate your specific use case. If selected, you will receive communication from AWS in three business days to advise on next steps.

If you have not already registered your organization with the AWS Partner Network (APN), join at no cost by creating your AWS Partner Central Account. Once registered, join the AWS Public Sector Partner (PSP) Program.

Why containers?

Containerization provides improved application quality, portability, agility, security, efficiency, and fault isolation—ideal for mission-critical workloads. Using containers helps realize all the key characteristics of microservices architecture, such as componentization, decentralized data management, improved agility, and more. The abstraction from the host operating system makes containerized applications portable and able to run uniformly and consistently across any platform or cloud and allows applications to be “written once and run anywhere.” This portability not only speeds development, fault isolation, and simplified security, but it also makes the applications portable across different platforms, which can be used to help in migrating applications to the AWS Cloud.

Why AWS for containers?

Whether you are migrating existing containerized applications to Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) or Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), working with customers to take monolithic applications and refactoring them into a container-based architecture, taking their existing microservices and containerizing them, or helping them with their hybrid workload that could move into the cloud in the future, our team can provide hands-on guidance and help. AWS has a broad set of services, technologies, and tools to build applications on containers, as well as deep integrations with open source and AWS Partner technologies.

For customers and partners who are building AWS native solutions, Amazon ECS reduces the time it takes customers to build, deploy, or migrate their containerized applications successfully. Amazon EKS provides the flexibility of Kubernetes with the security and resiliency of being an AWS managed service that is optimized for customers building highly available services.

AWS Partners who are familiar with OpenShift can accelerate their application development process by leveraging familiar OpenShift APIs and tools for deployments on AWS. With Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA), you can run containerized applications with your existing OpenShift workflows and reduce the complexity of management. ROSA helps focus on deploying applications and accelerating innovation by moving the cluster lifecycle management to Red Hat and AWS.

For customers and partners running hybrid workloads—common in public sector—Amazon ECS Anywhere lets you run and manage container workloads on customer-managed infrastructure. Whether on-premises or in the cloud, you’ll have the similar cluster management, workload scheduling, and monitoring you’ve come to know from Amazon ECS and you can run the same Amazon ECS agent designed for Amazon EC2 instances in external hosts such as bare metal servers, virtual machines, and even instances running in other public cloud environments. For customers and partners who use Kubernetes on-prem, Amazon EKS Anywhere allows customers to create and operate Kubernetes clusters on customer-managed infrastructure, supported by AWS. Customers can now run Amazon EKS Anywhere on their own on-premises infrastructure using VMware vSphere.

Existing AWS Public Sector Partners that need assistance with a defined container-based solution use case or are pursuing a qualified opportunity with an agency can immediately apply to take advantage of AWS Container Rapid Adoption Assistance initiative.

Fill out the AWS Containers Rapid Adoption Assistance initiative interest form to get started. Learn more about the AWS Rapid Adoption Assistance for Public Sector Partners.

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