VMware Cloud on AWS

Migrate and Extend VMware Environments to the AWS Cloud

VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated cloud offering jointly developed by AWS and VMware delivering a highly scalable, secure and innovative service that allows organizations to seamlessly migrate and extend their on-premises VMware vSphere-based environments to the AWS Cloud running on next-generation Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) bare metal infrastructure. VMware Cloud on AWS is ideal for enterprise IT infrastructure and operations organizations looking to migrate their on-premises vSphere-based workloads to the public cloud, consolidate and extend their data center capacities, and optimize, simplify and modernize their disaster recovery solutions. VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered, sold, and supported globally by VMware and its partners with availability in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), and AWS GovCloud (US).  With each release, VMware Cloud on AWS availability will expand into additional global regions.

VMware Cloud on AWS brings the broad, diverse and rich innovations of AWS services natively to the enterprise applications running on VMware's compute, storage and network virtualization platforms. This allows organizations to easily and rapidly add new innovations to their enterprise applications by natively integrating AWS infrastructure and platform capabilities such as AWS Lambda, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis and Amazon Redshift, among many others.

With VMware Cloud on AWS, organizations can simplify their Hybrid IT operations by using the same VMware Cloud Foundation technologies including vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter Server across their on-premises data centers and on the AWS Cloud without having to purchase any new or custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify their operating models. The service automatically provisions infrastructure and provides full VM compatibility and workload portability between your on-premises environments and the AWS Cloud. With VMware Cloud on AWS, you can leverage AWS's breadth of services, including compute, databases, analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), security, mobile, deployment, application services, and more.

Get Started Today

With the new time-bound Single Host SDDC starter configuration, you can now purchase a single host VMware Cloud on AWS environment with the ability to seamlessly scale the number of hosts up within that time period, while retaining your data. Single Host SDDC is our low-cost gateway into the VMware Cloud on AWS hybrid cloud solution. With production environments requiring a mininum 3-host confirguation, it is the perfect way to test your first workload and leverage the additional capability and flexibility of VMware Cloud on AWS for 30 days.

Special Limited Time Offer

For a limited time period, customers can take advantage of a new offer that gives three hosts at the price of two. Offer extended to Aug 2, 2019.

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Increased Innovation

VMware workloads running on the AWS Cloud have native access to a broad and rich set of AWS services including compute, database, analytics, IoT, AI/ML, security, mobile, resource deployment, application services, and more. Latency-sensitive applications hosted in VMware can now directly access databases on Aurora, Dynamo or Redshift for petabyte-scale data analysis, as well as direct and secure access to low-cost S3 buckets, objects, and API functions. 

Simplified Operations

With VMware Cloud on AWS, organization can simplify their Hybrid IT operations by using the same VMware Cloud Foundation technologies including vSphere, vSAN, NSX and vCenter Server, across both their on-premises data center environments and the AWS Cloud. You can use the same tools and management capabilities you are using today. You can keep the same VMware provisioning, storage, and lifecycle policies you use today. This means you can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite applications, or modify your operations.

Reduced Costs

VMware Cloud on AWS enables organizations to optimize the costs of operating a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment. There is no custom hardware to deploy in your on-premises environment, and no need to rewrite or modify applications to shift to a hybrid cloud model. You can use VMware’s management and policy tools across both on-premises and the VMware Cloud on AWS, so you have a unified and operationally consistent experience. These capabilities let you leverage all your existing investments to help save money and remove much of the complexity, risk and costs associated with moving to hybrid cloud.

Enhanced Availability

VMware Cloud on AWS helps accelerate migration of VMware vSphere-based workloads to the highly available and scalable AWS Cloud. The service enables VMware-based workloads to run directly on the next-generation Nitro system-based Amazon EC2 bare metal infrastructure and provisioned in a single-tenant, isolated Amazon VPC. This approach allows organizations to take immediate advantage of the scalability, availability, security and global reach of the AWS Cloud.

Use cases

Accelerate Cloud Migration

By sharing the common VMware Cloud Foundation-based cloud infrastructure technology platform across both their on-premises data centers and the AWS Cloud, organizations can use VMware Cloud on AWS to simplify and accelerate the migration of their mission-critical production workloads to the AWS Cloud at scale without having to convert or re-architect any of their workloads. VMware Cloud on AWS enables seamless bi-directional application migration with consistent policies by using vSphere vMotion between your on-premises data center and the AWS Cloud.

Deliver Disaster Recovery as a Service

VMware Cloud on AWS enables organizations to simplify, accelerate and modernize their existing disaster recovery solutions by enhancing their existing VMware-based DR solutions with AWS Cloud-based disaster recover as a service (DRaaS) capabilities. By combining the trusted and proven VMware DR technologies such as VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vSphere Replication with the massive scalability, availability, speed and cost benefits of the AWS Cloud, organizations can realize the benefits of cost reduction, operational simplification and faster time to protection for disaster recovery and DR testing.

Extend Your Data Center

With VMware Cloud on AWS, organizations can leverage the massive scalability and global presence of the AWS Cloud to rapidly, seamlessly and cost-effectively meet their data center capacity and regional footprint expansion needs. By having a consistent cloud infrastructure platform based on enterprise-scale VMware Cloud Foundation, next-generation Amazon EC2 bare metal infrastructure and the highly secure and performant AWS Direct Connect private network connectivity, organizations can easily and confidently extend their on-premises data center workloads with the massive capacity of the AWS Cloud to meet any expansion and growth needs of the business.

Blog posts & articles

Jeff Barr
Aug 28, 2017
"VMware Cloud on AWS allows you take advantage of what you already know and own. Your existing skills, your investment in training, your operational practices, and your investment in software licenses remain relevant and applicable when you move to the public cloud. As part of that move you can forget about building & running data centers, modernizing hardware, and scaling to meet transient or short-term demand. You can also take advantage of a long list of AWS compute, database, analytics, IoT, AI, security, mobile, deployment and application services."

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