AWS Enables Data Management in Disparate Environments
“We’re helping customers by providing the same experience from cloud to on-prem to the evolving edge, regardless of where your application may need to reside,” Duso explained. “AWS is enabling customers to use the same infrastructure, services and tools to accomplish that. And we do that by providing a continuum of consistent cloud-scale services that allow you to operate seamlessly across this range of environments.”
Jan Hofmeyr, vice president of EC2 Edge at AWS, joined Duso to discuss how AWS works with customers to process data wherever possible. “For the last few years, we’ve been hard at work extending AWS infrastructure and services to new services to bring applications closer to where you need them, to where your users are, to where your equipment is, to where you process and make real-time decisions at the edge.”
The need for real-time data processing has accompanied the continued migration to the cloud and proliferation of mobile devices in recent years. Hofmeyr explained that AWS has responded by extending its services beyond regional offerings to major metropolitan areas, industrial centers and even locations within 5G networks.
And AWS isn’t ignoring the needs of some organizations to manage and process data on-premises. It offers solutions running in data centers, offices, retail locations, and even remote and rugged environments, Hofmeyr said, “many times with limited and no connectivity to the cloud. And finally, to devices — devices running in cities, automotive factories, wherever Internet of Things devices are used today.”
Extending Cloud Services to the Edge with Smart Devices
Duso explained how AWS is enabling edge computing by adding capabilities for mobile and IoT devices. “There are more than 14 billion smart devices in the world today. And it’s often in things we think about, like wristwatches, cameras, cellphones and speakers,” he said.
“But more often, it’s the stuff that you don’t see every day powering industries of all types and for all types of customers.” Duso cited the example of Hilcorp, a leading energy producer, which is using smart devices to monitor the health of its wells, optimize production and proactively predict failures so it can minimize capital expenditures.
With IoT devices becoming common among energy providers, edge computing is on the rise to handle the volume of data these devices generate. “Now, AWS IoT provides a deep and broad set of services and partner solutions to make it really simple to build secure, managed and scalable IoT applications,” Duso said.