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You’ve heard again and again that the future is in the cloud: Cloud computing and storage gives businesses of all kinds unparalleled agility to adapt to changing conditions and build amazing new products and services. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the demand for companies to turn on a dime and for multiple workers across the globe to be able to remotely access data. However, not every industry and organization has decided to go all-in on the cloud.
Most applications can be easily migrated to the cloud. However, in some cases, there are special latency or local data processing requirements that necessitate keeping the data on-premises. This used to effectively limit the ability of these companies to make full use of the many benefits that the cloud offers.
In the past, this was the end of the conversation; you were out of options. But what if you could bring your BI tools closer to your on-premises data, increasing the speed at which you could access that data and get insights? A truly hybrid experience, bringing modern cloud capabilities to on-premises systems, allows such companies to still get the benefits of cloud systems: the latest data querying methods, development processes, and cloud-IT practices.
AWS Outposts is ideal for workloads that require low latency access to on-premises systems, local data processing, or local data storage. Now companies with on-premises data can enjoy cloud-style benefits in a truly hybrid setup. In this article, we’ll explore what that looks like and how users can connect AWS Outposts to Sisense to get more out of their data.
Analytics & BI users: Better queries, greater efficiency, different data types
As front-line users, analytics and BI teams just need their BI tools to work, easily serving up the right insights from the right data, though where that data is stored isn’t usually up to them. Even when the company is required to store some of its data on-premises, a hybrid experience like AWS Outposts can allow these teams to take advantage of many of the benefits traditionally only offered by being fully in the cloud, such as low storage and compute costs and access to fast-moving data and unstructured data.
A truly hybrid setup treats all your data like it’s in the cloud, making it easier to connect disparate data sources to one BI tool (like Sisense) and pull insights from it. With AWS Outposts plus Sisense, users can perform complex analyses and drill down into the key performance indicators that matter most to them, all while preserving the requirements that kept their data on-premises in the first place.
“AWS Outposts is a godsend for teams who wish to dabble in the cloud but are afraid to lean in too much,” said Guy Levy-Yurista, Chief Strategy Officer at Sisense. “Now they can enjoy both worlds in a fully hybrid way. Place an AWS Outposts rack with AWS and Sisense servers in your data center, and connect it to datasets that are located in the cloud. The on-prem Sisense platform can easily mash up data no matter where it is sitting, in the cloud or locally, and still deliver against mission-critical data workflows which must exist on-prem.”
Product teams: Modern development practices
The future of app building/development is on the cloud. There are entire applications and businesses being built on the cloud as we speak, where the code is only ever deployed to cloud servers. Teams building cloud-native apps like this need cloud-like environments to take advantage of the latest DevOps practices.
This is another place where a truly hybrid deployment like AWS Outposts can help empower organizations that still have to keep some of their information in on-premises systems. A joint system of Sisense and AWS Outposts gives product teams access to cloud development best practices and saves them from having to duplicate development efforts (i.e., if your data is currently split between being in the cloud and on-premises, your team has to build for both setups). They get the cloud services’ ease of use, within their own data center, leveraging the best cloud tech in the world delivered by Sisense and AWS.
Modern apps demand modern cloud technologies and practices. AWS has set the standard for cloud technology since its inception. With a hybrid deployment, product teams can utilize the same deployment methodologies both on AWS Outposts and on their other AWS databases, pulling the data from wherever it lives to power the next generation of apps with the data and insights that users demand. The Sisense platform is a great fit for AWS services and applications of all kinds.
Data teams: The latest IT practices
Connecting to cloud data sources is a vital aspect of every company’s data strategy. When some data must remain in on-premises systems, a hybrid model like Sisense with AWS Outposts allows organizations to embrace the benefits of cloud systems without relocating their data.
Modern data teams increasingly deal with cloud data sources more than on-premises ones. AWS Outposts plus the Sisense analytics platform allows data engineering teams to apply one set of data preparation best practices to all of their data. These teams can also manage their data with the most modern and easy-to-use tools and methods.
Instead of having to handle multiple setups for your different datasets (on-premises and cloud), AWS Outposts empowers data teams to use the same AWS hardware infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools they’re familiar with to build and run applications on-premises and in the cloud. It’s all one consistent hybrid experience. Your AWS compute, storage, database, and other services run locally on Outposts, while also putting AWS services at your fingertips to build, manage, and scale your on-premises applications with industry-leading AWS services and tools.
New frontiers for builders
Cloud is the future (and the present). Many companies today are being created entirely on the cloud, but some still need on-premises data for a variety of reasons. That doesn’t mean these builders should be stuck with outdated tools. AWS Outposts bridges the gaps between the on-premises and the cloud worlds, then Sisense takes the data to the next level by seamlessly connecting and empowering builders to pull insights out of it.
“Builders have always been on the frontier of their worlds, building new things that no one could have imagined but them,” said Guy. “Whatever you’re building with your data, wherever it lives, AWS Outposts and Sisense give you more flexibility to do more with it.”
Ahuva Hazan-Fuchs is a Product Director, Platform & Cloud at Sisense, specifically focused on OEM and enterprise customers. With 19+ years of experience in product management and development, Ahuva is passionate about ease of use, simplicity, and ceramic art.