February 7, 2021

AWS Outposts — Cloud on Solid Ground

Terasky experts accompany organizations on their cloud journey for many years, whether those customers are “born to the cloud,” migrating to the public cloud, or adopting hybrid cloud strategy.


The journey to the cloud is interrelated with a number of challenges, which repeatedly require TeraSky experts’ involvement in designing appropriate solutions for large-scale and complex enterprise environments – amount of use cases, “bizarre” application architectures, and people with diverse attitudes and preferences.


Those challenges can be placed into four categories:

Low Latency Compute – Applications like real-time analytics, high-frequency trading, and even a simple landing page to catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors, require extremely low latencies in order to operate properly and to deliver business outcomes. Yet, the cloud cannot overcome the laws of physics.


Compliance & Regulations – There are regulations and compliances around data privacy, protection of intellectual properties, local government regulations, contract commitments and others that should be considered by our customers.
Therefore, data locality and data residency become important factors when designing business workflows and application architecture.


Digital Transformation – The digital transformation/modernization journey is a lengthy process, which usually takes years to be completed by large traditional enterprises. It must be done in phases.
Modernizing traditional monolithic applications, which contain latency-sensitive interdependencies with other on-premises traditional applications, becomes a major obstacle for the journey.


Data Lakes – Moving data lakes around the world is a big and expensive challenge. DL/ML and data analytics operate much better if the data lake stays close and steady.



What are AWS Outposts


AWS Outposts enable AWS infrastructure and services to be run consistently on premises, resulting in a hybrid cloud experience.


AWS compute, storage, database, and other services run locally on Outposts, and grant access to the full range of AWS services available in the nearest region, to build, manage, and scale your on-premises applications using familiar, standard AWS APIs / SDKs / CLIs.


When deployed on prem, AWS will manage it all for you, according to the familiar shared responsibility model and the capabilities of each service.


There are two types of AWS Outposts. The first is VMWare Cloud running on AWS Outposts, which allows businesses to use the same APIs and VMware control plane they use to run their infrastructure. The second type is an AWS native variant that uses the same control plane and APIs that businesses use in the AWS cloud.



AWS Cloud on a Solid Ground


Yes, you can touch and feel the hardware. (For an old timer storage guy like me, it still means something!)


AWS Outposts will allow your application teams to enjoy the following AWS native services within your datacenter:




Outposts supports AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM), allowing you to share access from multiple accounts under your organization, and allowing your users to consume resources from your Outposts deployments. Thus, other business units can have access to Outposts as if it were just another available region within your AWS organization.

AWS revolutionized the industry and convinced the tech world of the business benefits of the cloud. With Outposts, they again recognized a truly important need. Hybrid cloud strategy will benefit countless large enterprises once they realize that the lengthy journey to the cloud can be eased by first leveraging Outposts.

Digital Transformation
Data lakes

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