AWS Summit Key Takeaways

By Jon Gasparini, CTO, Brightsolid

I’ve attended a few AWS Summits over the past few years and outside of re:Invent, they always provide a great opportunity to learn about the range of AWS services, but more importantly provide insight to how AWS customers are solving real business problems or responding to new market opportunities.

No surprise that Covid-19 was a key theme in the Werner Vogel’s keynote and Andy Jassy’s closing remarks. It was great to hear how AWS is supporting government agencies, healthcare providers and companies respond to the current crisis. It was interesting to hear how organisations have been able to use AWS to innovate and take new products to market in days, including Kry (Livi) who launched in just a week and half a secure and scalable platform to connect healthcare professionals and patients via video conferencing in 10 countries. This has allowed access to vital medical services during the current crisis.

This is a great example of why public cloud is a real game changer. Any organisation from the smallest start up to the largest global enterprises can take an idea and in a matter of days develop a proof of concept, test the market and if successful scale it quickly to meet customer demands without the significant up-front investment typically required in the past. And if the idea doesn’t work out, you can just turn off the public cloud resources and stop paying for any infrastructure – no expensive write off costs to worry about.

One of the other key takeaways for me today is the increasing emphasis AWS is placing on hybrid architectures as a key part of cloud adoption for many customers. I joined a breakout session delivered by Ricardo Sueiras who I had the pleasure of presenting alongside at a Brightsolid event back in March.

Ricardo’s session on Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid capabilities and infrastructure recognises that most organisations don’t live in a world of just cloud native applications. There is an existing install base of applications that organisations have built up over time that will need to be integrated with net new more cloud native applications. Over time, some of these existing applications will be re-architected or replaced with cloud alternatives. One of the reasons that Brightsolid chose to partner with AWS is that it not only offers, but also continues to develop a wide range of services, including those from partners such as VMWare, to enable customers to exploit hybrid architectures.

These hybrid cloud services enable customers to easily extend their existing data centre to public cloud in a safe, secure, reliable and cost effective manner.  By extending into public cloud, customers can easily integrate new cloud native services with their existing applications. In addition, this also opens the door to take advantage of other use cases such as hybrid storage to provide access to virtually unlimited, tiered and cost effective storage. You can also take this a step further by bringing AWS into your data centre or colocation facility through the deployment of an Outpost which packages the same underlying infrastructure and management experience you would find in an AWS Region into one or more racks. AWS Outposts are great for workloads that require low latency or have specific data sovereignty requirements.

As the CTO of Brightsolid it is not only great to hear how organises are innovating using public cloud, but also how an organisation like AWS recognises the importance of hybrid architectures. At Brightsolid we are focused on helping our customers design, build and manage secure and scalable hybrid cloud environments that meet their business ambitions. Our recent launch of our Cloud Foundations product makes it really easy for customers to connect their existing data centre hosted services with public cloud services hosted by AWS with inbuilt security and compliance controls to keep their systems and data safe.

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