by Adam Armstrong

More Details On AWS Outposts

AWS announced its AWS Outposts back at its previous re:Invent event last year. The announcement generated a lot of buzz form customers wanting more details. The day of the details has arrived, with information around the launch date as well. 

As announced, AWS Outposts bring native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility, all with lower latency. As a bonus the solution is fully managed by AWS, and the physical infrastructure is delivered and installed by AWS. This means that users don’t have to worry about updates or patches as AWS operates and monitors its Outposts, saving on downtime and maintenance.

Customers that leverage AWS Outposts can local launch a range of Amazon EC instances (including C5, M5, R5, I3en and G4, both with and without local storage options) as well as Amazon EBS volumes. Amazon plans to have many other services ready at general availability, such as Amazon ECS and Amazon EKS clusters for container-based applications, Amazon EMR clusters for data analytics, and Amazon RDS instances for relational database services with more planned in the future. Outpost works as an extension of the AWS Region of the user’s data center.  Services running on Outpost can seamlessly work with any AWS service or resource running in the cloud. New services launched by AWS will also work with Outposts. The company also states that API calls will be logged via CloudTrail automatically and existing CloudFormation templates will work as well.

Outposts are ideal for several connected environments including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment, and telecom. 


AWS Outposts is expected to launch in late 2019. 

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