When AWS announced Outposts last year, a private cloud hardware stack they install in their data center, many questions remained unanswered. This week, the company announced general availability at AWS re: Invent in Las Vegas as the vision for this approach became clearer.
Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, said at a press conference today that there are certain workloads like Running A factory that needs computing resources to be close due to low latency requirements. This is where Outposts could do well, and similar existing solutions did not work, as there was no smooth connection between the on-prem hardware and the cloud.
"We tried to rethink this with a different approach," he said. "We were more likely to distribute AWS on the premises. With Outposts, you have racks of AWS servers that perform computing, storage, database, analysis, and machine learning. You can decide for yourself which composition you want and we will deliver it to you.
The hardware comes with a range of services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon ECS, Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and Amazon EMR. Conspicuously, the S3 memory is missing, but Amazon promises that it will be available in 2020 with other services on deck.
Make no mistake, the world's leading provider of cloud infrastructure will install a rack of hardware in your data center. AWS has formed a team within the company to manage the installation, monitoring and management of the equipment.
The simple way to rethink this is because it's a possibility for companies that may be afraid to run all-in-clouds. Experiment with a cloud-like environment that takes you from one Manage AWS console or VMware from (next year). However, an Amazon spokesperson said many companies like Morningstar and Phillips Healthcare, which are already AWS public cloud customers, opt for outposts because of their extremely low latency, almost like a hyperlocal availability zone.
These customers must keep the computational resources as close as possible to run a specific set of jobs. While a local availability zone like the one announced yesterday for Los Angeles might also be sufficient, outposts could provide relief if there is no local option.
Customers can sign up for outposts in a similar way to any EC2 instance But instead of spinning it in the cloud, an order goes to the Outposts team and it's stacked, stacked, and installed on prem.
From then on, Amazon still manages the management as well as using a public cloud example. Currently, the installation and the Going Management is performed by an internal Amazon team. Over time, however, they plan to work with system integrators to handle part of this workload.