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Outpost- Amazon’s Hybrid Cloud Solution

What if you get a fully integrated Cloud service that gives you on-premises storage, along with a seamless connection to an array of avant-garde cloud services? Yes, you heard that right! Amazon Web services (AWS), the globally acclaimed pioneer at cloud connectivity technology has unveiled the revolutionary Hybrid Cloud Service, by the name of Outpost.

Tagged as the most comprehensive and utilitarian service package, the mind-boggling range of features is sure to make your jaw hit the floor. An all-inclusive facility behemoth heads your way- just name it and its right there. Services to compute, store, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual reality, augmented reality, media, application development, deployment, management and what not. Coming out in full force.

The driving stimulus for Amazon Web Services is the focus on customer obsession vis-à-vis competitor analysis, the infinite penchant for innovation and invention and high-end services that have proven their mettle in this domain.

Synergising in this neoteric venture, CEO of VMWare, Pat Gelsinger, unveiled this interspersed data center hardware. Landing in the markets in the latter half of 2019, this move is hailed to usher the industry-leading cloud infrastructure with on-premises accessibility in a fully managed and configurable compute and storage rack.

The desire for this hybridized approach surfaced when some customers asserted that they have a certain workload that is crucial to be on hosted on-site assets like applications that are latency sensitive and require proximity to premise-based assets. The long-standing Amazon services like Amazon Virtual Private (Amazon VPC), AWS Direct Connect, and Amazon Storage Gateway, undoubtedly facilitated customers with datacentres, but this new collaboration helps customers to run AWS compute and on-premise storage to effortlessly blend the in-situ workload with the remaining applications in the AWS Cloud. Previous attempts to bring about the proposed services lacked consistency upon the hybrid experiential front, due to the absence of a uniform API, tool, hardware and standard functionality on the network.

The AWS-Native Variant- the AWS Native variant is constructed with the hardware developed for its public cloud regions, providing the same APIs and a control panel that imparts a vital sense of familiarity. The racks in the AWS-Native environment come equipped with EC2 instances for networking and analytics services. This is further enhanced with the ECS and EKS database container services, while some more cutting edge offerings are said to be in the pipeline.

The VMWare Variant- Outposts is a unique amalgamation of the core components of VMWare Cloud, working on AWS, loaded with vSphere Compute virtualization, NSX virtual network, and vSAN virtual storage. With consistent infrastructure and operations, VMWare and AWS have produced Outposts that embraced the AWS technology as a solution to bridge infrastructural impediments in the way to furnish a holistic service experience.

VMWare for AWS Native- Outposts is expected to topple the staple services with its unmatched flexibility in all services. This dynamism is available in multiple ways to meet the needs of a rather broad customer base. The complementary nature of VMWare and AWS-native version of the on-premises solutions promise “a complete software-defined data-center”, as quoted by Gelsinger. The high degree of compatibility between the two outstanding cloud services is viewed as the perfect duo where VMware Cloud Foundation for EC2 is the ideal supplement around the AWS-native version of Outpost.

This new game-changer is all geared up to give the leading server and software vendors a run for their money. Although VMware, as a trailblazer in virtualization is majorly owned by Dell Technologies, who is labeled as a potential competitor; believes that if the alliance is in the best interests of VMware, then the same applies over to Dell Technologies.

Following suit to Outpost virtualization is the hardware announcement by Amazon. Purported to be running on the new A1 virtual machines architecture, namely, Graviton CPU, Amazon is all set to take this movement a step ahead and create a physical server technology for optimization of its cloud storage. This is a straight challenge with other established hardware vendors, including Dell and HP. The two-pronged combined approach by Amazon to extend hardware on-site and storage in the clouds makes the entire service proposition highly conducive in terms of both price and performance.

The ever-developing service sovereignty with the launch of Outpost, Amazon is now uniquely positioned to build tools for handling multiple account workings with an AWS Control Tower module in place. The AWS Control Tower functions as a center stage for providing an all-inclusive automated ecosystem of the Amazon Web Services to the user. With access ranging across AWS Sign-On and Microsoft Active Drive Directory, identities and access of the users can be handled with ease. To top it all, AWS Control Tower comes equipped with pre-packaged security, operations, and compliance rules.

To address the perpetually overhanging security issues, Amazon has arranged for the AWS Security Hub- a centralized security management panel that allows collaboration and implementation of other tools, so that all security tools are resolved at the fastest rate.

To wrap up, AWS Outpost is a big-time combo deal to target the customers who have been alluded to Microsoft and other competitive brands for data deposition. The hybrid ecosystem is a big step ahead to obtain one of a kind monopoly in the sphere of cloud technology.

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