S3 now accessible locally on AWS Outposts
Launched with compute, block storage, and RDS database services, AWS’s Outpost hybrid cloud offering can now be used with the S3 object storage service.
AWS’ object storage service has arrived on the Outposts hybrid cloud offering. Customers of the public cloud provider exploiting this offer will therefore be able to use S3 APIs to store and retrieve their data in the same way as they do with the data they manage on S3 in AWS cloud regions. Remember that through this hybrid cloud service announced at the end of 2018 with VMware, AWS provides businesses with local installation and remote administration of infrastructures that it has configured and integrated with top-of-rack switches and redundant power supply . Businesses order their Outposts configurations online by choosing from the options available to them. They can also create them with AWS in a personalized way to have the computing capacities (ECS) and block storage (EBS) specific to their needs. Among the direct competitors, Microsoft and Google, the hybrid cloud offers are called Azure Stack and Anthos.
Outposts is a solution suitable for applications requiring low latency (need for near real-time response) or whose data must be processed locally, for confidentiality reasons. This service is available in most AWS Regions, including Paris, Dublin, and Frankfurt. In addition to ECS and EBS, it also allows local use of the RDS relational database. Until now, Outposts users could leverage S3 cloud storage in AWS Regions. Now they will be able to use S3 APIs to store and process data on Outposts hardware installed locally for them. “This means that any tools, apps, scripts or utilities that already use S3 APIs, either directly or through SDKs, can now be configured to store data locally on your Outposts,” Martin Beeby said in a post. AWS Technical Evangelist. This will keep its data as close as possible to the on-premise applications that require it.
Reduced data transfers with AWS Regions
These new S3 features brought to Outposts will reduce data transfers with AWS regions by the same amount since it is now possible to filter, compress or perform all kinds of pre-processing on data locally without having to send it to a cloud region. You can create S3 buckets from the AWS console. This new class of S3 storage is called S3 Outposts. By default, all data is encrypted with SSE-S3 (server-side encryption) which companies can optionally use with their own SSE-C encryption keys by specifying it. Companies will be able to configure Outpost to add 48 or 96 TB of storage and create up to 100 buckets on each Outpost.