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The 10 Biggest AWS Stories Of 2017

Joseph Tsidulko

10. Bare-Metal Bonanza

When AWS struck a deal with VMware to jointly build VMware Cloud on AWS, the cloud leader did something it had never done before in its 13-year-history—give another company direct access to its cloud hardware.

Other infrastructure software vendors, as well as companies running applications requiring non-virtualized environments, had long expressed interest in bare-metal servers, but AWS always resisted. The VMware deal, however, set a new precedent. In a late night keynote at the AWS re:Invent conference in November, Peter DeSantis, vice president of Amazon's global infrastructure, introduced a new AWS EC2 bare-metal instance.

Accessing Amazon's cloud infrastructure without relinquishing control of the hypervisor or sharing tenancy could prove attractive to large services and platform companies that want to better optimize their solutions and ease cloud interoperability.

 
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