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WATCH: Andy Jassy Explains AWS Outposts at re:Invent 2018

AWS Outposts will hit the market the second half of 2019. One of the hottest announcements made at re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas this week, Outposts promises a “truly consistent” hybrid experience, essentially bringing the cloud on-prem.

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Jassy said customers will be able to order racks that have the same hardware AWS uses in all of its regions with compute and storage software on it. It's available in two options, with the first through the VMware Cloud on AWS and the second as AWS native. The AWS-native solution offers the same APIs and control plane AWS customers are familiar using for their cloud-based workloads.

“We’re still seeing a lot of customers who are wanting to leverage a hybrid cloud,” said AWS VP Sandy Carter. “It just enables your partner community to be able to really meet the customer where they are and provide that powerful networking, storage compute, management, and consistency across security – all those things that have been talked about but never really delivered with hybrid cloud.”

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VMware and AWS first announced their partnership two years ago and most recently unveiled VMware Cloud on AWS, which Carter says has seen huge partner momentum. AWS announced the partner competency in January 2018 and has accumulated 220 partners since then. Carter expects that success to continue with the latest offerings.

Learn more about announcement and reaction from partners in CRNtv’s video.

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