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6 Key Things To Know About Amazon Web Services' 'Sentinel' Managed Services Offering

AWS is said to be working on a secret self-service managed services offering because large customers are asking for it. Here's what you should know about the product.

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The Secret Sentinel Service

Amazon Web Services is developing a top secret self-service managed services offering, code-named Sentinel, which could let large enterprise customers manage and monitor their public cloud workloads independently, sources with knowledge of the project told CRN in mid-April.

AWS is said to be working on Sentinel because some of its largest customers are asking for it. While AWS isn't easy to use for non-experts, most Fortune 500 firms have IT teams equipped to navigate its complexities, and many are deciding self-service cloud management is the way to go.

In talking with partners about Sentinel, AWS has indicated the service is designed for only a narrow range of scenarios. Nevertheless, some managed service providers that have built businesses around migrating, managing and automating enterprise workloads to the AWS cloud see Sentinel as a potential competitor.

AWS isn't commenting on Sentinel but did note in a statement to CRN last week that it always builds products and services with partners in mind.

Following are six important points about the AWS Sentinel offering and its potential impact on the MSP channel.

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