AWS Outposts — Part 1. General, Economics, Ordering process.

As per AWS’ documentation:

(most of the italic text in this post refers to AWS documentation or external sources)

AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any datacenter, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a truly consistent hybrid experience. AWS Outposts is ideal for workloads that require low latency access to on-premises systems, local data processing, data residency, and migration of applications with local system interdependencies.

AWS Outpost comes in 2 Variants:

“Outposts is available as a 42U rack that can scale from 1 rack to 96 racks to create pools of compute and storage capacity. Coming in 2021, Outposts will be available in two smaller form factors, 1U and 2U rack-mountable servers for locations with limited space or capacity requirements. More information on the smaller Outposts form factors is available here.”

2. VMware variant (coming 2021)

“A VMware variant of AWS Outposts will also be available soon. VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts delivers a fully managed VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) running on AWS Outposts infrastructure on premises.”

Why Outpost vs Snowball

AWS Outposts potential customers

Good research from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2019/09/16/aws-gives-us-a-deeper-dive-into-outposts-and-its-looking-good/?sh=6be94dfe388a

According to 451 Research, LLC report 59% of Enterprises are looking to one of on-prem cloud solutions — AWS Outposts, Azure Stack, GKE On-Prem, IBM Bluebox. Additional resources and case studies can be found here.

Pricing

Outposts is available as a 42U rack that can scale from 1 rack to 96 racks to create pools of compute and storage capacity. Coming in 2021, Outposts will be available in two smaller form factors, 1U and 2U rack-mountable servers for locations with limited space or capacity requirements. More information on the smaller Outposts form factors is available here.

You can purchase Outposts capacity for a 3-year term and choose between three payment options: All Upfront, Partial Upfront, and No Upfront. If you choose the Partial or No Upfront payment option, the monthly charges will be due over the 3-year term. Any upfront and monthly charge will apply 24 hours after installation when your Outposts capacity becomes available for launching instances.”

Pro et Contra: Presentation is based on 42U racks — with new offering coming in 2021 for 1U,2U units some Contra arguments are going to become obsolete, some new may come up.

Pro:

Matt Garman, AWS compute services’ VP, says Outposts “is a fully managed service; the physical infrastructure is delivered and installed by AWS, operated and monitored by AWS, and automatically updated and patched as part of being connected to an AWS Region.”

Similar configuration PowerEdge R840 Rack Server will cost approximate $XXXXX-$XXXXX each — and at least 2 servers

Note: Adjust numbers to your specific case and calculate

Contra:

Ordering AWS Outposts

Prerequisites

“Your site must support the basic power, networking and space requirements to host an Outpost. Outposts need 5–15 kVA, can support 1/10/40/100 Gbps uplinks, and space for a 42U rack (80” X 24” X 48” dimensions). As Outposts require reliable network connectivity to the AWS Region, you should plan for a public internet connection. Customers must have Enterprise Support, which provides 24x7 remote support within 15 mins.”

Ordering

Step 1: Create Outpost

“Log-in to the AWS Management Console. Select an Outpost configuration from a catalog of options that provide the EC2, EBS, and S3 capacity best suited for your application needs and site characteristics. You can also contact us to create a custom configuration if you are not able to find a configuration for your unique application needs.”

Scroll down, to answer questions related to your facilities like space, power, networking

Step 2: Order capacity

Select a configuration from the Outposts catalog and submit your order. AWS will deliver and install the Outpost at your site.

Step 3: Create subnet

Step 4: Launch instance

Click “Launch Instance” in Outposts Console and follow the standard EC2 creation procedure

Summary:

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