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For the holidays, Amazon cloud database goes hybrid


AWS made several major announcements last week at re:Invent to strengthen the hybrid capabilities of  Amazon cloud databases. With these announcements, AWS brings Amazon cloud databases on-premise, combining the advantages of managed services with on-premise deployment. Customers concerned about data sovereignty and latency could also benefit from these new Amazon cloud databases.

Partner products play a critical role in the deployment and use of these new Amazon cloud databases.  VMware is providing integration with on-premise environments and its VMWare on AWS cloud product. In addition, the Griddable integrated data migration and modernization platform supports these new services.

Outposts in Amazon cloud databases

AWS Outposts bring native AWS services, infrastructure, and operating models to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility. Outposts supports workloads and Amazon cloud databases that need to remain on-premises.  Consequently, they can deliver low latency data access for on-premise applications and other local data processing needs.

According to TechTarget, AWS Outposts are compute and storage racks that consist of AWS hardware and software, designed to go into customer data centers for on-premises deployments. In Outposts, AWS will deliver racks of hardware loaded with its software services like Amazon cloud databases.  Further, AWS will install and maintain their hardware and software for customers.

AWS Outposts is fully managed and supported by AWS and includes the latest AWS cloud databases or services. Customers order Outposts servers from the AWS Management Console, choosing from a wide range of compute and storage options. AWS Outposts provides individual servers, or quarter, half, and full rack units.

Two Outposts variants

AWS Outposts come in two variants. First, VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS Outposts provides the same VMware control plane and APIs used to run on-premise infrastructure.  Users create a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) in the cloud and match it with VMware environments on premise.

Second, the AWS native variant provides the same APIs and control plane run in the AWS cloud, but on-premises.

Outposts are similar to the likes of Microsoft’s Azure Stack and Oracle Cloud at Customer, also offerings a forklift of their respective vendor’s cloud software stack onto specialized hardware that lives on premises. Those options compete with traditional players in data center gear. But, AWS can now claim to offer better integration between its public cloud and Outposts than any third-party system vendor.

CNBC viewed the announcement as a major threat to legacy hardware vendors like Cisco, Dell, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The new approach will require Amazon to hire people focused on selling and servicing hardware.  “We’re very comfortable running high volume, relatively low-margin businesses,” Jassy said.

Amazon RDS on VMware

Also last week at re:Invent Amazon and VMware jointly launched Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware. With this new service, Amazon and VMware bring Amazon cloud database services to on-premise VMware environments.  

According to  ZDnet, AWS chief Andy Jassy said “That will bring all the capabilities of RDS to VMware customers,” noting that the new offering will allow customers to do the same on-premises or on the AWS public cloud. “So many companies are operating in hybrid mode and will be for a while.”

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware lets customers deploy Amazon cloud databases in on-premises VMware environments. Further, RDS on VMware utilizes the same AWS interface for managing Amazon cloud databases in on-premises VMware environments. As a result, customers can easily create hybrid deployments of Amazon cloud databases across on-premise and cloud. Plus, users can use supplemental Amazon services, like long-term backup retention in Amazon S3.

Griddable to enable Amazon cloud databases

The Griddable data migration and modernization platform provides the ideal way to relocate data from legacy databases. Griddable supports migration into these new Amazon cloud databases, located in the cloud or on-premise. The Griddable data pipeline migrates and modernizes data across heterogeneous source and target databases for near-zero switchover.  The Griddable policy engine provides user-friendly controls to select the data to migrate and transform in transit. As a result, Griddable masks or encrypts any number of individual data elements using separate algorithms or encryption keys. Griddable also filters and replaces data values, or selectively removes entire rows or columns, with an easily-defined user policy.

Beware of lock-in on Amazon cloud databases

TechTarget encouraged caution when considering the new hybrid capabilities of Amazon cloud databases.  “Despite the potential benefits of products such as Outposts, more cautious customers might worry about the lock-in risks that come with the use of a single vendor.”

This is good advice. Over 80% of organizations have moderate to high levels of concern about public cloud lock-in.

Like the new Amazon cloud databases, is a SaaS synchronization service. It is available on all the major public clouds or on-premise. Griddable seamlessly migrates across heterogeneous clouds. Consequently, customers can migrate and modernize data both into and out of each cloud as they choose.  This flexibility is key to managing cloud costs. According to 451 Research, a multi-cloud approach can cut direct cloud expenditure by up to 74%.

Next step

Click the “Live Demo” button at the top of this page for a 10 minute, no-obligation tour.  Griddable migrates and modernizes data to and from any Amazon cloud database, in cloud or on-premise. 


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