AWS offers some of the most versatile APIs, infrastructure, and services for businesses going cloud-first. But what if your business still needs to run applications and workloads on-premise? And what if there is a reliable way to gain the benefits of AWS Cloud for your on-premise infrastructure?
Amazon has been a trail-blazer in opening up the broader services and tools AWS offers to businesses with a hybrid cloud environment, and with AWS Outposts, it introduces a new level of flexibility and innovation for companies who want a more consistent hybrid cloud experience.
Most businesses, for instance, want the full capabilities of the public cloud, but need to run many mission-critical resources locally due to compliance, privacy, or low latency requirements.
As a fully managed service, AWS Outposts extends the APIs, infrastructure, services and tools of the AWS Cloud platform for these on-premise resources. Whether you have physical servers, a legacy datacenter or a co-location space, this solution opens up the full range of AWS compute, database, storage and other services for your local workloads - no move needed.
While the solution is still changing and evolving, the agility it offers for hybrid cloud deployments cannot be overlooked. If you’re unfamiliar with what the service offers in the way of better hybrid cloud management and governance, read on to learn the top 5 benefits of AWS Outposts.
#1 - Leverage AWS Cloud services for on-premise resources
AWS Outposts offers a streamlined way to leverage the capabilities of the broader AWS Cloud platform and its services for on-premise resources - apps, databases, security and more.
If your business is utilising certain AWS services already, but still have physical workloads running, this solution effectively extends the compute and storage benefits you’re getting for your local resources, too.
For example, through, AWS Outposts you can run Amazon EC2 (scalable computing capacity for apps and workloads), Amazon EBS (block level storage volumes for use with EC2 instances), Amazon EKS (containers) and Amazon EMR (analytics and monitoring) on-premise.
Outposts acts as the central control plane to run these valuable AWS services locally, so you can connect your on-premises resources to the broader range of capabilities that AWS Cloud offers, including helpful APIs, management overview tools and security centers to run, manage and protect your applications with the same level of control as the AWS Cloud has as standard.
In short, you can modernise your locally-based resources with AWS capabilities, fast and easy.
#2 - Take advantage of fully managed hybrid cloud infrastructure
One of the biggest benefits of a cloud-native environment is a fully managed infrastructure.
There’s no need to spend time or money handling maintenance, updates, bugfixed, patching or installation of big updates, as the platform provider - in this case, Amazon Cloud - manages this.
AWS Outpost is managed entirely by Amazon through the life of your subscription and when installed, is associated with a specific AWS region, just like all other AWS services.
Outpost provides a central control plane for all AWS services your business consumes and uses for both your cloud-based and on-premise resources. Because Outposts is a fully managed service, everything you have in Outposts - locally-based or cloud-native - is handled by AWS.
Imagine the investment you currently place in the management, maintenance, monitoring, patching, and updates of your on-premise resources. Outposts makes it far more cost-effective and streamlined for your business to still run these resources on-site, leverage the benefits of AWS and have everything managed as if it’s on or already hosted in a cloud environment.
You can also monitor system health and performance for on-prem resources using the cloud.
Sometimes business needs dictate more hands-on control over on-premise resources. But if you’re looking to simplify updates and reduce costs, AWS Outposts is well worth looking into.
#3 - Modernise faster with VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts
VMware on AWS Cloud (VMC) is an increasingly popular hybrid cloud service from Amazon that offers an incredibly streamlined way to migrate legacy applications and data to the public cloud and modernise them with less complexity and minimal risk. Users can manage on-premises workloads alongside those hosted in the cloud using familiar VMware tools, and reduce their data center footprint overall without the cost, complexity or time associated with traditional tools.
AWS Outposts is available in two variations: Native AWS and VMWare Cloud on AWS Outposts. Businesses that already run VMWare on-premises can get a VMWare environment to use within their Outposts Unit (VMWare Cloud Foundation, which is installed by AWS and fully managed) for a consistent infrastructure environment to use across existing infrastructure and any new deployments you run using VMWare Cloud on AWS Outposts.
What does this all mean?
If your business is looking for an easier path to modernise infrastructure of your workloads that absolutely need to run on-premises (for low-latency, compliance, or otherwise), this is one of the most cost-effective, risk-free and streamlined solutions available. The on-prem environment will be integrated into an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and to native AWS services, extending your local environments to leverage the broader benefits of the AWS Cloud platform.
#4 - Unified management experience for cloud and local resources
The value in having the public cloud’s full benefits, capabilities and experience for on-premises applications, databases, and other workloads without needing to migrate cannot be understated.
AWS Outposts uses the same control plane as the native AWS management interface. This lets businesses get familiar with the platform while managing their mission-critical applications running on-premises with the same interface and tools as resources hosted in the cloud.
The authentication, automation, monitoring and security capabilities you have at your fingertips for your AWS-based resources? All these are now available for your on-premise resources, too, through AWS Outposts - on top of the fully managed services benefits as mentioned above.
In short, it opens up an easy way to transition more on-premises IT infrastructure spend from capex to opex model.
#5 - Innovation opportunities by using AWS Services on-premise
AWS Outposts brings AWS cloud services to your on-premises resources in a cost-friendly, streamlined manner.
For businesses that might not have previously had cloud-native capabilities available to them before, or whom desire those same benefits for their locally-based resources, they can now get them and accelerate innovation opportunities significantly.
Whatever your industry, being able to leverage the advanced analytics and machine learning data services of AWS, or the elastic scalability of AWS compute services - while maintaining low-latency as per your individual requirements - Outposts is a very promising new solution.
Does AWS Outposts fit your business outcomes?
Extending cloud-native benefits to our on-premise resources is, it’s safe to say, a benefit the majority of businesses would most likely want to leverage, and AWS Outposts fits the bill.
However, it’s important to note that every business, no matter the size or business outcomes desired, need to do a thorough assessment of their current environment to align goals with what AWS Cloud - and AWS Outposts - can do to help you achieve those objectives.
The service is also still relatively new with plenty of touted still on-the-way for later in 2020, such as Amazon S3 for AWS Outposts for local object storage on Outposts, so certain capabilities you may need may not be ready yet.
The installation required to get Outposts running involves AWS personnel coming to your site to connect everything together, so proper preparation is required before you get cracking, whether by your internal IT or with the help of a AWS-certified professional services partner like Xello.