VMware Cloud on AWS

One of the hottest topics on this year's Europe VMworld, the VMware Cloud on AWS offering came as a grateful surprise, but also with a lot of questions. Friday, 21 October 2016 Data Center and Cloud Computing

There is no doubt AWS is a huge player on Public Cloud, and Private Clouds (which mainly run on VMware) are each day being replaced by a hybrid or a complete public model, and a very common target for it was AWS. But this is not news for VMware users, as this kind of service was being already provided in partnership with IBM and, as another example, OVH - actually, VMware have created what they call the "VMware Cloud Foundation", a way of automating the complete vSphere platform as a service (vCenter, ESXi, VSAN, NSX), so any cloud provider will be able at some point to offer this kind of service.


So why this is important? For some good reasons:

  • VMware can take back a huge stake being lost to public providers, using their expertise and product excellence in public clouds. What VMware does in private clouds no other public provider can offer (can you vMotion a cloud image on any provider?)
  • The vSphere platform flexibility to move workloads in and out, already present on vSphere 5.5 and 6.0, and now enhanced on 6.5 will be available for REAL zero downtime migrations between private and public clouds.
  • All the knowledge, training, and effort customers have done to master vSphere will be useful on the public world, all is exact the same.


What VMware will offer with AWS? The same already offered with IBM and other cloud providers:

  • Same environment on both worlds;
  • Hardware support provided by the cloud provider;
  • Total flexibility using NSX (a VM will have the same IP and network access no matter where it is running - and this is proven to work, as you can have a VM on any vCenter with NSX with this exact behaviour);

And some new cool features:

  • Auto-scaling: ESXi will be provided as needed, and also discarded when not needed anymore, with a feature called elastic DRS;
  • Exclusively on AWS, all vSphere problems will be supported by VMware, not the cloud provider, so you have a single point to reach in case of problems.

Is this risky to VMware? Maybe, as customers can get used to AWS and start using their own infrastructure, but actually having VMware managing the cloud hardware is a way more attractive and reliable way to have that sensitive workloads running with no issues. Maybe AWS will have customers migrating from their infrastructure to the VMware based solution, is also something that can play on both sides.

Really looking forward to start using this cool feature in production. You can find more information here: https://www.vmware.com/cloud-services/vmware-cloud-aws.html




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