November 9, 2020 By Chris Rosen 2 min read

Announcing the general availability of new flexible, lower, hourly rates.

You’ve seen the announcement from IBM regarding a change in Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud’s metering and billing structure for the OpenShift license, as well as the price reduction announced by Red Hat. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of those flexible, lower, hourly rates for Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud.

What is Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud?

Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud is a managed service that simplifies deployment and configuration of OpenShift Container Platform. As a managed service, IBM will automate initial provisioning and on-going maintenance, including operating system patches, vulnerability remediation, and any updates in the OpenShift stack. Another key aspect of the managed service is building in operational efficiencies, enabling you to focus on delivering line of business objectives. We do that by supporting highly available (HA) master nodes in a multizone cluster, ensuring master and worker nodes are distributed evenly across three physically separate data centers (i.e., zones) within that region.

Managed OpenShift supports your most critical workloads by providing an SLA of 99.99% on a variety of compute isolation choices, including bare metal. Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud also supports your regulated workloads with compliance, including PCI, HIPAA-ready, ISO, SOC1, SOC2, and SOC3.

What if I have an existing Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud cluster?

Your existing clusters will not automatically migrate from the old monthly pricing model to the new hourly pricing. You have two methods for leveraging hourly OCP pricing. The first is to create a completely new cluster, which may only be possible for certain cluster use cases and workloads. The second option is to create a second worker pool within the same cluster and then delete the earlier worker pool, whether that is running in Classic IaaS or VPC infrastructure. One consideration for either approach is the old OpenShift billing model is monthly; this means that deleting a cluster or worker pool earlier in the month does not pro-rate the OpenShift portion of the cluster.

How do I deploy a new Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Cloud cluster?

  1. Log into IBM Cloud.
  2. Open the Catalog and search for “OpenShift.”
  3. Choose the desired OpenShift version from the dropdown.
  4. Select the infrastructure: Classic or VPC.
  5. Select the worker node flavors for your default pool and the number of nodes per zone, where you will see the new lower, hourly rates. Click Create cluster and get ready to use the Managed OpenShift offering.
  6. Keep playing with your managed OpenShift cluster by deploying a starter kit app.

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