AWS, purely and simply, is a Cloud Vendor. Or at least, it was. At AWS re:Invent, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger was joined by AWS CEO Andy Jassy, to announce a partnership which will bring AWS into the Hybrid World. This is a big announcement for a company who’s whole business strategy was offering Cloud Solutions.
The two companies have been in talks and working together for a some time in order to bring VMware in to the cloud. Part of this announcement flips that on its head, bringing the AWS cloud on prem to work with VMware. In both cases, AWS sells you their hardware, installs it if you wish, and will even maintain it for you.
But what does this mean? You can now put AWS into your data center with AWS hardware, using the same hardware Amazon uses for it’s own Data Centers – now to be known as AWS Outposts. This means AWS is now no longer lagging behind competitors such as Microsoft, but it also shows an awareness from Amazon that customers want to operate in in both the cloud and in data centers for the foreseeable future.
In addition, Jassy said “We use a lot of different hardware … we’ve built it so we can interchange whatever we want,” hinting at further collaboration with other hardware providers. Perhaps more interestingly, Gelsinger mentioned Michael Dell is supportive of the partnership, although both CEOs refused to address if an AWS-Dell EMC partnership is the progression from this.
Whatever happens over the next 18 months, it will certinainly be interesting!