Amazon RDS on VMware automates administrative tasks for your on-premises databases in VMware vSphere environments, including database provisioning, operating system and database patching, backup, point-in-time restore, storage and compute scaling, instance health monitoring, and failover. RDS on VMware will support Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB database engines, with Oracle to follow in the future.
You can create, modify, and manage your databases using the RDS Console, APIs, and Command Line Interface (CLI). The same simple interface can be used to manage RDS databases running on VMware or RDS databases running on AWS.
Scalability and Performance
Amazon RDS on VMware allows you to easily scale the compute, storage, and memory resources in your on-premises database instance, similar to an Amazon RDS instance in AWS. For read-heavy workloads, read replicas make it easy to elastically scale out beyond the capacity constraints of a single database instance. You can further leverage the scale of the cloud by bursting read replicas to Amazon RDS instances in AWS.
Amazon RDS on VMware provides Amazon CloudWatch metrics for your on-premises databases at no additional charge, including resource utilization, I/O activity, and instance connections. RDS on VMware also provides access to Performance Insights, an easy-to-use tool that helps you quickly assess the load on your database with in-console visualizations.
Available and Durable
Amazon RDS on VMware uses health monitoring to detect unhealthy database instances and automatically recover them using the same storage volume.
Amazon RDS on VMware allows you to manually or automatically back up your on-premises databases, whether locally or in AWS. RDS on VMware supports point-in-time restore and allows you to specify an automated backup retention period per database. With per-database retention policies, you can specify how long to keep daily snapshots on-premises, if and when to replicate them to AWS, and how long to retain them in the cloud.
Secure and Compliant
Amazon RDS on VMware allows you to encrypt your databases using keys you manage, including encryption of data at rest, in transit, and when archived. RDS on VMware allows you to control the actions that your users and groups can take on specific RDS resources.
Amazon RDS’s default behavior is to keep your databases on-premises, allowing you to run workloads that need to comply with security, privacy, regulatory, and data sovereignty policies. Hybrid cloud features can be enabled at any time, at your discretion.