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Amazon Outposts, my version in 2002 now shows up in 2019

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 written by Drew Jackson
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Keywords: 2002, 2019, Amazon Outposts, AWS EC2, hybrid cloud



 
Its seems, though ideas like the Big Companies are now doing what has been already done locally by farm boys like myself with lots of ingenuity. Yet only the rich and well connected get to make the big splashes in the world. It must be my zip code and circle of colleagues that keep me watching the news instead of making the news.
 
Ironically, here we are in 2019, and the good folks at Amazon have Outposts and it seems to have done something similar yet at scale and of course with lots and lots of infrastructure and money.
 
Our solution was simple. Our same story was in 2002, Reno4Sale / Regional4Sale was needing to do some major replication of its core and non-core web solutions and services.
 
So I decided and designed a hybrid solution: put some data in the cloud, on web services on the Internet, and keep core code and web services on a data server on premises.
 
Well, that local data server was on a Dell Dimension 8400 with APC w/powerchute, 80GB OS and 320GB DATA RAID 1 Hard Drive on a DSL 5/2Mb connection with a static IP address(es).
 
The cloud web services were combined between Network Solutions, WinSave (later on GoDaddy) and with our ISP Great Basin Internet Services (GBIS). It did not take long to spin up our soon to be realized Craigslist like competitor solution in the likes of cities around the US and that worked great, keeping our generic code that was not proprietary in the cloud servers and services, and the secret sauce on our own servers behind our own firewalls and with direct grasp for development, testing and production roll outs, and backups. It worked.
 
We deployed over 100 type solutions in the next 15 years and even today, local servers versus cloud based servers are mixed. Keep the non-core stuff in the cloud, like email, collaboration chat, etc, and keep the heavy duty hard core engineering and private stuff in your own secure rack locally and spread across a few cities and spanned properly on a metro net of some sort.
 
Keep it simple stupid.
 
I guess I really need to change my zip code and/or circle of friends...
 
more to come...
 

 
 

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