Amazon Web Services (AWS) took square aim at the data center this week by tying in VMware technology and rolling out two new services and on-premise hardware to help customers build and support hybrid clouds.\nThe new service, called Outposts, lets users choose between on-premises servers and storage, which they can order in quarter, half, and full rack units. Outposts can be upgraded with the latest hardware and next-generation instances to run all native AWS and VMware applications, AWS stated. A second version, VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts, lets customers use the a VMware control plane and APIs to run the hybrid environment.\n\n\u201cThe AWS native variant of AWS Outposts allows you to use the same exact APIs and control plane you use in the AWS cloud, but on premises. You will be able to run Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud and Amazon Elastic Block Store on Outposts,\u201d AWS wrote on its website.\n\u201cThe VMware variant allows you to run VMware Cloud on AWS locally on Outposts to use the same VMware control plane and APIs you use to run your on-premises infrastructure. This variant delivers the entire VMware Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) \u2014 compute, storage, and networking infrastructure \u2014 to run on-premises using AWS Outposts and allows you to take advantage of the ease of management and integration with AWS services,\u201d the company said.\nThe idea with Outposts is that customers can use the same programming interface, same APIs, same console and CLI they use on the AWS cloud for on-premises applications, develop and maintain a single code base, and use the same deployment tools in the AWS cloud and on premises, AWS wrote.\nAnalysts said the AWS\/VMware services are a step in the right direction for customers blending public and private-cloud entities.\n\u201cIt\u2019s no secret that AWS wants to rule the IT world, and this is one more step in that direction,\u201d said Lee Doyle, principal analyst at Doyle Research. "The significance here is that lots of applications and workloads are going to remain on premises for latency, legacy and security reasons, and Outposts will let customers more easily move between public and private clouds. It is not an easy back-and-forth now in those environments.\u201d\nThe announcement \u00a0is an extension of the VMware\/AWS partnership.\u00a0 In 2017 the companies teamed on VMware Cloud on AWS which tied together VMware\u2019s enterprise class software-defined data center to the AWS cloud. VMware said that hybrid cloud service lets customers migrate VMware-based workloads to the cloud.\u00a0\nThe companies also recently announced Amazon Relational Database Service on VMware. Amazon Relational Database (RDS) on VMware which is aimed at making it easier for users to set up and run databases in VMware-based software-defined data centers and hybrid environments, VMware said.\u00a0 In addition, the \u00a0companies this November extended the partnership to new regions such as AWS EU (Ireland), AWS West (N. California) and AWS East (Ohio).\nVMware CEO Pat\u00a0 Gelsinger and AWS CEO Andy Jassy made the Outpost announcement together at AWS re:Invent and Gelsinger also referenced the company\u2019s growing relationship with AWS in its Q3 2019 earnings call this week saying: \u201cOur partnership with AWS is expanding rapidly, and these offerings extend VMware's hybrid cloud vision with consistent infrastructure and operations for all VMware and AWS customers.\u201d\nAWS said Outposts are in private preview, with public general availability in the second half of 2019.