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Amazon Web Services has, as we predicted last week, made a hybrid cloud play in the form of a new hardware product called "Outposts".

It is said that the new platform is a brand aspect of Amazon Web Services, a cloud unit of Amazon.

Outposts will be sold on an opex basis, so they'll also match the procurement experience of the full AWS cloud.

A lot of the ML services and capabilities announced this year are interesting but a particularly fun one is the AWS DeepRacer, a $399 (R5 456) autonomous toy vehicle, which is one-eighteenth the size of a real race auto, which aims to help developers get rolling with machine learning.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is the natural place to have a data lake because of all of the security, access control, operational performance, functionality, and management controls it offers, as well as the proximity to the analytics and machine learning services available in AWS. Even with all the benefits, most organizations are still slow to embrace the cloud.

AWS' plan is to deliver its own servers and storage to users' premises, and maintain them too.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy announced the new offering on-stage alongside Patrick Gelsinger, CEO of VMware Inc. In 2017, AWS collaborated with VMware to introduce VMware Cloud on AWS, giving the vast majority of companies who are virtualized on VMware the ability to use the same on-premises VMware tools that they had been using for years to manage their infrastructure on AWS.

"VMware Cloud on AWS broke the barriers between the data center and the cloud by combining the best of the private cloud and public cloud in the AWS cloud", said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware.

AWS's provisioning and management services give customers granular control over their environments, but many organisations also want prescriptive guidance and help setting up a secure, multi-account environment.

Whatever the industry politics implications, Athabasca University CIO Jennifer Schaeffer is just excited to get her hands on Outposts. Her team, running a shop for an Alberta university known for its remote education offerings, is invested in both AWS for public cloud and VMware's stack for on-premises. "We know how to keep our costs low".

Schaeffer is referring to the network that's operated by Cybera and in-part facilitated by the Alberta SuperNet that provides connection to the Seattle Internet Exchange, and from there direct connections to major technology providers. AWS Outposts will initially come in two variants.

"The significance here is that lots of applications and workloads are going to remain on premises for latency, legacy and security reasons, and Outposts will let customers more easily move between public and private clouds", Doyle said. They want to be able to run certain AWS workloads in their own data centres, but that will still integrate with the rest of their applications in AWS. Instead, some opt for hybrid cloud.

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