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50-Plus Biggest AWS Announcements From re:Invent 2020

CRN breaks down more than 50 new product and service announcements from the top-ranked cloud provider’s annual partner and customer conference that continues in January.

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New AWS Outposts Formats

AWS unveiled two new smaller formats of AWS Outposts. The fully managed hybrid cloud offering extends AWS infrastructure, services, APIs and tools to virtually any customer data center, co-location space or on-premises facility with compute-and-storage racks built with AWS-designed hardware that are installed and maintained by AWS. The Outposts rack is an industry-standard 42U rack that’s 80 inches tall, 24 inches wide and 48 inches deep.

The new smaller Outposts formats – 1U and 2U rack-mountable servers -- let customers run AWS infrastructure in locations with less space. The 1U size is 1 ¾ inches tall, about the size of a pizza box and 40th the size of the Outposts rack that AWS launched with a year ago. The 2U size is about 3 1/2 inches tall or almost two pizza boxes stacked.

“These two smaller Outpost formats have the same functionalities as Outposts, just for a smaller space,” Jassy said. “Now it means that restaurants or hospitals or retail stores or factories can use Outposts to have AWS distributed to that edge.”

The smaller AWS Outposts form factors will be available in 2021.

“Making Outposts available at smaller form factors will drive its adoption significantly, as it drives native capability of AWS at affordable price points and limited scale,” said Mohan, of Tata Consultancy Services.

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