An epic announcement was made today, where VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will join together to create “VMware Cloud on AWS”. Although there was an apparent leak last week that a partnership was coming, most speculation was wrong about what this means. Let’s dive in!
VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC)
At this point, there are a lot of details that are still yet to come, but what we do know is that AWS will be hosting VMware environments on baremetal, where VMware will maintain the environments as well as perform all of the updates and upgrades for the customers. Customers will be able to access a VMware portal to their environments where they will be able to choose how they login to the environment (H5 client / APIs/ etc).
Each environment will include a minimum 4 hosts, a vCenter, NSX, and VSAN, but have the ability to choose larger environments or customize the size to fit your needs.
One of the great things about VMC is that this time you will truly be able to take and use your existing scripts that work in your on-prem datacenter, and use them in your Amazon Elastic Data Center (EDC), unlike vCloud Air, where the scripts all had to be adjusted to use vCloud Director cmdlets. Here you have a true SDDC, running the same software as you run on-premises, and can execute scripts in the same way.
Benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS
No Learning Curve – There are many benefits to using VMware Cloud. One of the biggest and most notable is that the benefits of a proven cloud, such as AWS, will be running proven and mature virtualization software (VMware). VMware customers who are either not using AWS currently, or are just dabbling in it, will not need to learn AWS. There is ZERO learning curve here. Even if customers have AMIs, they will have the advantage of having their assets and infrastructure in the same location.
Consistent Automation – Once again, the APIs are the same as your vCenter on-prem, so your scripts and automation will work in VMC as well.
Choose your location – We are talking about AWS. This means you are not completely locked down to running your VMware environment in your local datacenter, or even within a small region around you. You will now have access to a number of regions where your Elastic Datacenter can run.
Pay for what you use – Running this in the cloud, there is now no reason to be paying for an entire datacenter when you are only using a small portion of it. As with all cloud offerings, you will pay for what you allocate for yourself. The same rings true here. Deploy 4 hosts? Pay for 4 hosts. Deploy 16 hosts? Pay for 16 hosts. Deploy what you need and enjoy the benefits.
Bare Metal Cloud – The question I know many will ask. (Is this like Ravello? Are you running nested virtualization?) The quick and short answer is no, we are not. We are running physical, bare-metal hardware. More to come on this in the future.
The Future is Bright
AWS has many features and capabilities that VMware has not taken full advantage of, which gives them the ability to continue to grow and integrate AWS’s features into native vSphere and VMware products. More details around VMware Cloud on AWS can be found at http://www.vmware.com/go/vmc-aws.
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