AWS Outposts

  • A managed service that brings AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to the customer’s premises.


  • Outpost site is a physical location where AWS will install your Outpost.

  • Outpost configurations include EC2, EBS, and networking capabilities. Each configuration has its own requirements for power, cooling, and weight support.

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  • The compute and storage resources are called Outpost capacity.

  • You must have Outpost equipment to use the AWS Outposts service. This includes AWS-managed racks, servers, switches, and cabling.

  • Outpost racks

    • A 42U rack that includes rack-mountable servers, switches, network patch panels, power shelves, and blank panels.

    • Using an Outpost subnet, you can launch EC2 instances and EBS volumes.

    • Supports EBS snapshots on Outpost.

  • Outpost servers

    • A 1U or 2U server that provides local compute and networking services.

    • You can launch EC2 instances that use instance store.

    • Back up instances to Amazon EBS in the AWS Region using EBS direct APIs.

  • Service link allows communication between Outpost and associated AWS Region.

  • An Outpost is an extension of an AWS Availability Zone and associated Region.

  • Local gateway

    • Allows communication between an Outpost rack and on-premises network.

    • Components:

      • Route tables

      • Virtual interfaces

    • It also serves as a target in your VPC route tables for on-premises traffic and performs NAT for instances with addresses from your customer-owned IP pool.

    • Each Outpost rack supports one local gateway.

    • With AWS RAM, you can share the local gateway route table with other AWS accounts or organizational units.

  • A local network interface allows communication between an Outpost server and an on-premises network.

  • Outpost sharing

    • Enable Outpost owner to share Outposts and Outpost resources with other AWS accounts in the same AWS organization.

    • Owners cannot modify instances that AWS accounts launch into Capacity Reservations.

    • AWS accounts are not allowed to view or modify resources owned by other consumers or the Outpost owner.

    • You can share Outpost resources to AWS accounts, organizational units, or entire organizations in AWS Organizations.


  • You can use Amazon Cloudwatch to retrieve Outposts metrics.

  • To capture API actions from services on an Outpost, you can use AWS CloudTrail.

  • Use VPC Flow Logs to get detailed information about traffic to and from your Outpost, as well as traffic within your Outpost.

  • You can also use Traffic Mirroring for content inspection, threat monitoring, troubleshooting, or copying and forwarding network traffic.

  • To see changes in the health of AWS resources, you can use AWS Health Dashboard.


  • You are charged for Outposts rack capacity for a 3-year term: All, Partial, or No Upfront.

  • You are charged for the following:

    • AWS services running on Outposts

    • AWS Marketplace AMIs

    • Outposts and Outpost resources that you share

    • Data transfer associated with Outpost’s service link VPN traffic from AWS Region

  • You are not charged for data transfers from Outpost to the parent AWS Region.


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