Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be launching its own on-premises IT environment, AWS Outposts, according to a recent press release.
AWS Outposts platforms will bring AWS cloud software on-premises.
AWS Outposts will allow customers and enterprises to run compute and storage on-premises, using the same native infrastructure used in the AWS cloud.
The company said that there will be two options available at launch in 2019, including a version that will operate AWS cloud services natively, while the second option will run the VMware Cloud on AWS.
The VMware Software Defined Data Centre (SDDC) will deliver compute, storage, and networking infrastructure on-premises, and is managed as a service from the same console as VMware Cloud on AWS.
In 2017, AWS collaborated with VMware Cloud to introduce the VMware cloud on AWS, giving a number of companies who are on virtualised VMware the ability to use VMware tools and “manage their infrastructure on AWS”.
For customers who prefer to use the same API, and the same hardware on-premises, they will be able to use a AWS native variant of AWS Outposts, the statement read.
“These customers will have the opportunity to run other software with native AWS Outposts, starting with a new integrated offering from VMware called VMware Cloud Foundation for EC2, which will feature popular VMware technologies and services that work across VMware, and Amazon EC2 environments, like NSX, VMware AppDefense, and VMware vRealize Automation,” the company explained in a statement.
“Customers are telling us they don’t want a hybrid experience that attempts to recreate a stunted version of a cloud on-premises, because it’s perpetually out of sync with the cloud version and requires a lot of heavy lifting, managing custom hardware, different control planes, different tooling, and manual software updates.”
It went on to further explain: “There just isn’t a lot of value in that type of on-premises offering and that’s why these solutions aren’t getting much traction.”