The wait is finally over with VMware and AWS jointly announcing the initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. The solution is truly compelling and differentiated; bringing together the industry leaders for private and public cloud. No longer do customers have to make a binary decision of Amazon Web Services or VMware, it is now AWS and/or VMware.
With organizations across the board desiring the ability to flexibly consume resources, the new solution looks to address three major scenarios: maintain and expand, consolidate and migrate, and workload flexibility. Clients have long desired a model that maintains operational consistency across private and public clouds that also allows them to leverage their existing skill-sets and tools; VMware Cloud on AWS delivers exactly that.
VMware Cloud on AWS is a vSphere-based service running on the AWS Cloud. The new service is a bare-metal deployment that leverages VMware Cloud Foundation (vSphere, vSAN and NSX) deployed on AWS’s global infrastructure, to facilitate the SDDC-as-a-Service with the capability to leverage native AWS services as needed.
VMware Cloud on AWS is built on a consumption-based model with the initial offering being on-demand and billed on an hourly basis. The new solution can even intuitively scale to meet the demands of the applications and business by leveraging “Elastic DRS” policies to add and remove hosts as needed. Pay for what you need when you need it, it’s as simple as that.
The new solution is a dream come true for those users who desire the benefits of cloud and the control of a traditional VMware based software defined data center. VMware will manage the hypervisor and management components while AWS will manage the physical resources. Clients will no longer have to burden themselves with the underlying hardware, allowing them to focus on the virtual machines and the value-added applications driving growth and revenue. All through the familiar vCenter UI they know, love, and leverage today. Leveraging vCenter Hybrid linked mode, users will be able to manage, monitor, and deploy virtual machines in both their private and public cloud environments from a browser of their choice.
The offering will initially be released in the AWS West region with plans to extend the service to the East region followed by global support by the end of 2018. As development between the VMware and Amazon Web Services teams continue, the integration of native AWS services will only become stronger delivering the benefits that security-focused infrastructure teams demand and the flexibility and speed for which developers yearn.
For vSphere-centric organizations, there is no question that the Hybrid Cloud has never been more tangible.