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Live Blog: AWS Summit New York 2019

AWS Summit 2019, a cloud services conference for partners and customers, pulls into New York City today. What should MSPs and channel partners expect from this Amazon Web Services event? This live blog will tally and analyze the news as it surfaces in Manhattan.

Here are the updates so far.

LinkedIn: Sandy Carter, VP, Amazon Web Services

1. Windows on AWS: Amazon claims customers can save substantial money by moving Microsoft Windows workloads to AWS. Sandy Carter, a VP within the AWS group, explains the math in this blog on LinkedIn. More details are expected at the summit. We’re particularly curious to know how much of the AWS pitch involves Windows Desktops and associated applications (desktop as a service, perhaps) vs. Windows Server workloads.

The Windows-on-Amazon push from Amazon comes as Microsoft attempts to manage partner concerns about internal use right changes.

By the way, AWS rival Google Cloud Platform has also been promoting its own Windows-oriented services to partners and customers for more than two years.

2. Running AWS On-Premises: It’s safe to expect more details and updates involving AWS Outposts, the company’s on-premises option and a counter to Microsoft Azure Stack. So far, AWS Outposts has two variants:

  • VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts allows customers to use the same VMware control plane and APIs you use to run your infrastructure
  • AWS native variant of AWS Outposts allows you to use the same exact APIs and control plane you use to run in the AWS cloud, but on-premises.

The twist: Amazon delivers all of those capabilities as a managed service. We’re striving to determine where third-party MSPs can add value to AWS Outposts — beyond migration and consulting services. No doubt, the low-hanging fruit likely involves backup, disaster recovery (BDR), data protection and security services. Stay tuned for more thoughts on those opportunities soon.

3. AWS Launches EventBridge: The new Amazon EventBridge is a serverless event for application and data integration. Early partners include Datadog, Pagerduty, SignalFx and Zendesk.

4. IT Service Management: Cherwell Software’s ITSM solution is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace

More News and Analysis: Stay tuned for additional updates from the conference, plus ChannelE2E’s perspectives on the developments.

Side note: Today’s event is not to be confused with AWS re:Invent 2019 — the company’s massive, annual conference in Las Vegas.

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