Bringing Industry Leading Data Protection to AWS Outposts

Today at AWS re:Invent, a new service was announced and launched representing a paradigm shift in the conventional approach to the hybrid cloud market. As customers develop a cloud strategy predicated on speed, agility, and a competitive business advantage, hybrid cloud offers benefits around agility (time to market, scalability and cloud extension), as well as reducing complexity and risk. The business outcome focuses on reducing datacenter costs, better integration, and running application workloads both on-premises as well as cloud.

The paradox for many customers is selecting the proper platform (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) to host mission-critical application workload(s), while rationalizing the security, performance, and cost parameters associated with a public cloud deployment model. Many customers are still seeking an optimal development approach to migrating enterprise application workloads to public cloud, and given the trade-offs between lift-and-shift, partial refactoring, complete refactoring and containers, that adoption rate has not accelerated fast enough, causing many of the top cloud providers to build solutions to effectively extend the service catalog and control plane down into the customer on-premises environment.  Enter AWS OutPosts!

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What is AWS Outposts?
AWS Outposts is a new service that runs AWS infrastructure in customers’ on-premises environments, and leverages the same infrastructure, APIs and tools customers use today within AWS. It is a fully managed service characterized by the following features:

  • AWS delivers and installs the physical infrastructure
  • AWS provides the operational and monitoring oversight
  • AWS automatically provides updates and applies patches


Basically, think of it like running AWS Services in your own Data Center!

The Veritas Enterprise Data Services Platform and AWS Outpost

As AWS Outposts was developed based on customers need to help those with legacy workloads, network latency sensitive workloads or highly complex workloads consume AWS services. According to Gartner, by 2022 20% of AWS large-enterprise customers will have AWS Outposts running in their private data center environments.[1]  With any new platform (which AWS Outposts is) it creates another infrastructure in which customers will use to create data.  Therefore, the same questions, concerns, and needs for data management still exists:

  • What data is ideal for us to move into AWS Outposts?
  • How do we migrate our many physical and virtual applications into AWS Outposts?
  • How do we make sure our data is always available?
  • How do we protect ourselves from outages or resource unavailability?
  • How do we protect the data we create in AWS Outposts?
  • How do we make sure data stored in AWS Outposts adhere to regulatory requirements?

Now the value that AWS Outposts provides to Veritas is it allows us to take the AWS support we developed in  Veritas NetBackup and apply it to an Outposts deployment with zero code changes. This is just the first step as we intend to extend the support to other products in the Veritas Enterprise Data Services Platform.

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Where to Learn More

Join Veritas Technologies at AWS re:Invent 2019

Please join Veritas at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, December 2-6, in booth 1201. We’ll be hosting a tech talk around AWS Outposts and Veritas Enterprise Data Services Platform on Wednesday, December 4th at 2:00 PM and Thursday, December 5th at 9:00 AM. We also will have a Data Protection lounge that will be open during the AWS expo hours, where you can hang out, relax, and chat all-things-AWS Outposts and the Veritas Enterprise Data Services Platform.

For additional detail, please access the full press release HERE.

[1] Source: Gartner, “Prepare for AWS Outposts to Disrupt Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy,” David Wright, Jeffrey Hewitt, Henrique Cecci, 14 February 2019.