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.

The 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.

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