VMware Cloud on AWS is expanding availability from the U.S. West (Oregon) region to also include the AWS U.S. East Coast (Northern Virginia). The newly deployed infrastructure at U.S. East Coast includes additional VMware capabilities and support for more AWS Cloud services. This would make it easier for customers to move, run, and protect mission-critical applications at scale.
“The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms,” said Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps.”
VMware Cloud on AWS customers has the ability to choose where to run their workloads based on their business needs. With VMware vSphere vMotion, new L2 stretched networking features, and AWS Direct Connect, customers will be able to migrate applications from their on-premises VMWare cluster into VMware on AWS “without any disruptions to the application, and without having to make any changes to the network configuration.”
Users would also be able to use AWS Direct Connect for “high-speed” and private network connectivity, supporting faster cold and live application migration with vMotion.
Add-on SaaS Offering
VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension, an add-on SaaS offering for VMware Cloud on AWS, would provide large-scale migration between on-premises environments running vSphere 5.0+ and VMware Cloud on AWS with no re-platforming, re-testing, or change in tooling. Hybrid Cloud Extension will provide built-in “high performance” Layer 2 extensions so customers will be able to keep the same networks, IP, and routing policies in place while moving workloads. This would eliminate the need for extensive application dependency mapping when migrating applications to VMware Cloud on AWS. It also includes “high performance” Layer 2 extensions, data synchronization, traffic analysis, WAN optimizations, and built-in IPsec VPN connectivity that would enable “secured, efficient, and effective cloud migration with no impact to application uptime.”
Application Availability and Business Continuity for Mission-Critical Workloads
VMware Site Recovery, a new service for VMware Cloud on AWS customers, delivers protection between customer data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, or between environments running in separate AWS Availability Zones (AZs). With VMware Site Recovery, customers would be enabled to lower capital expenditures by eliminating the need for a secondary disaster recovery site, streamline operations with automated orchestration, enable failover and failback with familiar management tools, and increase disaster readiness with non-disruptive, on-demand testing available anytime.
Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDC)
VMware and AWS are expanding the scale, network connectivity, and security capabilities of VMware Cloud on AWS to further support the most resource-intensive applications such as Oracle, Oracle RAC, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Spark and Hadoop.
VMware Cloud on AWS supports 32 host clusters and multiple software-defined data centers (SDDC) per organization today and would support 10 clusters per SDDC soon. This will enable a single customer to support environments as large as tens of thousands of VMs. Customer SDDC environments run on a high-performance, dedicated, and highly secure next-generation AWS hardware infrastructure.
For application teams, VMware is adding support for Wavefront by VMware, a VMware cloud service that would allow customers to visualize, alert upon, and troubleshoot applications running on VMware Cloud on AWS. Wavefront by VMware provides an open API platform supporting more than 80 integrations to collect time-series data from application metrics collectors such as for Java, Ruby, Python, and Go, to service metrics collectors for MySQL, Pivotal, Kubernetes, AWS, and more.
Availability VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware is now offering one-year and three-year subscription options for VMware Cloud on AWS, in addition to the existing hourly on-demand pricing. These new subscription options would help customers lower their TCO. In addition, VMware’s Hybrid Loyalty Program provides discounts on the core service subscriptions to customers with on-premises vSphere, VMware NSX, and/or VMware vSAN licenses, which could further reduce the TCO. The pricing model, combined with the VMware Hybrid Loyalty Program discounts, would provide customers with a path to lower total cost of ownership compared to traditional data center deployments.
VMware Site Recovery is available today as a separate add-on and is priced per protected VM with hourly metering. VMware vMotion, L2 network stretch, AWS Direct Connect, multi-cluster support, VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension support and AWS Direct Connect private connectivity to VMware Cloud on AWS are expected to be available in VMware’s Q4 FY2018 which ends on February 3, 2018. All other capabilities are available today.