Q: What are AWS Outposts?

A: AWS Outposts are fully managed and configurable compute and storage racks built with AWS-designed hardware that you can use to operate a seamless hybrid cloud. AWS Outposts extend native AWS services to virtually any customer data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility. With Outposts, you can use AWS or VMware Cloud on AWS to operate a consistent enterprise IT environment across your data centers and the cloud.

Q: What are the common use cases for AWS Outposts?

A: AWS Outposts bring AWS compute, storage, and networking infrastructure close to end-users and employees or near large pools of data on-premises. Outposts are ideal for workloads that remain on-premises due to low-latency and local data processing needs, such as telecom virtual network functions (VNFs), processing and editing live video streams, high frequency trading platforms, industrial automation, and legacy enterprise applications that depend on local databases.

Q: How do I get started?

A: To get started, you log into the AWS Management Console to configure and order your AWS Outposts, choosing from a wide range of EC2 instance types and EBS storage options to order the ideal number of instances with the desired storage for your applications. AWS ships Outposts directly to the desired location, where you can simply plug them into your local power and network. Once connected, you can view the newly added Outposts capacity in the AWS Management Console, and launch instances in these servers as part of your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Sign up here to receive additional information and updates on Outposts when it is available.

Technical specifications

Q: What instance types and sizes are available in an AWS Outposts?

A: You can choose from a wide selection of current generation EC2 instances (C5, M5, R5) and storage options (EBS volumes, local instance storage, local disk options) to create the ideal AWS Outposts configuration for your applications. You can start small with a single Outpost server and grow to quarter, half, or full Outposts racks as you scale your applications.

Q: Which AWS services do Outposts support?

A:  Customers can provision Amazon EC2 instances and EBS volumes locally on an Outpost. At launch or in the months after, we plan to add services like RDS, ECS, EKS, SageMaker, EMR. Like today, customers can use Private Link gateway endpoints to privately connect their VPC resources to regional AWS services such as Amazon S3 and DynamoDB.

Additional information

Q:  How can I learn more about AWS Outposts?

A: You can sign up to learn more about AWS Outposts here.