AWS Hyper-Converged – Outposts
AWS brought their own HCI solution (outposts) to the cloud table about a year ago. AWS Outposts bring native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility. You can use the same AWS APIs, tools, and infrastructure across on premises and the AWS cloud to deliver a consistent hybrid experience. AWS Outposts is designed for connected environments and can support workloads that need to remain on-premises due to low latency or local data processing needs. So, yes Amazon is joining the private/Hybrid cloud game.
The AWS-designed modular infrastructure comprises compute, memory, storage and networking in custom configurations based on the AWS Nitro system. This is a potential disruption to the hyper-converged market leaders that sell the integrated server, storage and networking hardware stack because AWS will supply the hardware itself while VMware will provide the software. For example, some customers might re-evaluate their software-defined data center or private cloud infrastructure investments because Outposts may give many VMware customers, for instance, the ability to meet all their private and public cloud infrastructure requirements through a single managed service.
They try to have AWS Outposts for general availability by the end of 2019 and will come with a fully integrated rack system quarter, half or full that’s pre-validated and tested. The system will run EC2 instances and will support different instances on the same rack. The infrastructure will also support EBS General Purpose SSD volumes for persistent local block storage.
Outposts will play a big role if Amazon is the back-end company.
VMware and Dell EMC Cloud on AWS
VMware and Dell EMC offer the infrastructure as a service that brings the cloud operating model to data centers and edge locations. Sites pay a monthly subscription fee to use the system, just like a cloud platform. They offer all services, providing a flexible environment with capabilities comparable to VMware Cloud on AWS.
VMware Cloud on Dell EMC’s VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) will provide an offering that is installed on premises and consumed as a cloud service. VMware deploys, manages and maintains the operating platform, offering IT organizations the convenience of the cloud with the security and control of an on-premises product.
They will integrate eC2 functions into your Hybrid/Private cloud on Dell EMC’s hardware. The platform also provides features such as self-service provisioning, support for Kubernetes, containers and bidirectional connectivity to public cloud services through the VMware hybrid cloud control plane.
The VxRail HCI appliance includes a half-rack or full-rack system composed of three or more VxRail servers, with support for up to 24 nodes. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, the appliance runs the VMware SDDC platform, which includes VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN and VMware NSX — virtualization technologies that deliver compute, storage and network resources, respectively.
Despite the benefits, there could be some drawbacks:
- Moving to an OPEX structure is not always beneficial.
- Service fees can be higher.
- TCO can get higher than expected.
- Organizations are locked in.
- Less control for operational staff.
- If VMware goes haywire so does your cloud solution 🙂
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