Customers in the cloud giant's hybrid IT department can now use S3 as if it was operating like a regular AWS Region.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces the availability of its Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) storage service to AWS Outpost customers. AWS Outposts is effectively a hybrid cloud IT service. Customers can perform compute and storage operations in their own data center, with fully managed and configurable, compute and storage arrays built with hardware designed by AWS.
The service allows users to run workloads on-premises with the same AWS APIs, control plane, hardware, and tools that connect to other AWS applications. These Outpost instances are managed, monitored, and updated by AWS “like in the cloud”.
Wednesday's announcement means that customers of Outposts instances can now use S3 APIs to store and retrieve data in the same way they would access or use data in a normal AWS cloud region. This means that many tools, applications, scripts, or utilities that already use S3 APIs, either directly or through SDKs, can now be configured to store this data locally on a customer's workstations.
"All objects and associated metadata and tags are always stored on Outpost"Outpost instances are connected to an AWS Region and can also access Amazon S3 in AWS Regions. However, Wednesday's update allows API users to store data on AWS Outpost hardware and process it locally. The benefit to customers, according to AWS, is a reduction in data transfers to AWS Regions because filtering, compression, or other preprocessing can be done locally without having to send it to a cloud region.
“Speaking of local data, all objects and associated metadata and tags are always stored on Outpost and are never sent or stored elsewhere,” the cloud giant explains in a blog post . “However, it is essential to remember that if you have data occupancy requirements, you may need to put in safeguards to ensure that no one has permission to manually copy objects from. your Outposts to an AWS Region. "
S3 on Outposts offers a new Amazon S3 storage class, named S3 Outposts. By default, all stored data is encrypted using SSE-S3, and optionally server-side encryption with the user's own encryption keys.
S3 on Outposts will offer users a storage capacity of 48TB or 96TB, with up to 100 buckets on each Outpost.