VMware Cloud on AWS provides dedicated, single-tenant cloud infrastructure with support for up to 16 host vSphere clusters, delivered on the next-generation bare metal AWS infrastructure based on the latest Amazon EC2 Storage Optimized high I/O instances and featuring low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSDs. You can start from as few as 2 hosts per SDDC then scale the capacity in your clusters up to 16 hosts. VMware Cloud on AWS runs the VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software stack directly on host servers without nested virtualization. You can move existing workloads between your existing VMware environment and VMware Cloud on AWS through cold migration, VM template migration, or even while a workloads are running through live migration (vMotion).
You can quickly create new VMware SDDC clusters on AWS Cloud through a web-based console or by utilizing a RESTful API. VMware manages and operates the service including VMware SDDC software components and the modern web-based console. VMware delivers service status with notifications, enterprise-grade 24x7 service support & site reliability operations, and support center with FAQs, forums & chat support. VMware delivers scheduled SDDC software updates and emergency software patches with notifications, and auto-remediation of hardware failures.
AWS Native Services Integration
Use private access to AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Redshift, AWS Direct Connect, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS WAF, and Elastic Load Balancing to enrich architectures and augment applications and services.
Bare Metal Cloud Infrastructure
VMware Cloud on AWS provides the VMware SDDC software stack to the highly scalable AWS Cloud, including vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter Server. Configuration for production environment can range in size for the SDDC cluster depending on the host type that is selected. View the current host types on the VMware Cloud on AWS Pricing page. You can deploy a fully configured VMware SDDC Cluster in under a few hours, and scale host capacity up and down in minutes.
Dedicated High Performance Networking
VMware Cloud on AWS provides separate, dedicated high performance networks for management and application traffic, connected through the VMware NSX networking platform, and provides support for networking multicasting. ESXi hosts are connected to an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) through Elastic Networking Adapter (ENA), which supports throughput up to 25 Gbps.
- NSX and AWS Direct Connect Integration: Now generally available, NSX integrates with AWS Direct Connect for end-to-end private networking. This is ideal for customers with traffic-heavy workloads. This enables private and consistent connectivity between VMware workloads running on AWS and those running on-premises and also accelerates migration to cloud and enables multi-tier hybrid applications. Customers can now use AWS Direct Connect for all of their hybrid connectivity requirements.
Disaster Recovery uses familiar VMware vSPhere and Site Recovery Manager technologies while leveraging cloud economics. You can replicate to VMware Cloud on AWS using VMware Site Recovery Manager to one or multiple Software-Defined Data Centers. VMware Site Recovery Manager can help you automate disaster recovery, meet your recovery point objectives (RPOs), and recovery time objectives (RTOs), as well as reduce operational errors. Disaster Recovery sites can be right-sized or scaled up when you need it and down when it is no longer required.
Flexible Storage Options
Each SDDC cluster utilizes an “all flash” vSAN storage solution built on NVMe instance storage. Each ESXi host has NVMe storage. You can manage your storage SLAs on a per-application basis through your existing Storage Policy-Based Management provided by vSphere. You can also take advantage of advanced data services, including Quality of Service, snapshots, erasure coding, and VMware APIs for third-party data protection (VADP).
Migrating Virtual Machines
Migrate your virtual machines between your on-premises data center and another in your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. VMware Cloud on AWS supports different vSphere installations as well as a variety of tools and methods for hybrid migration including:
Hybrid Migration with VMware HCX
VMware HCX, a multi-cloud app mobility solution, is provided free to all SDDCs and facilitates migration of workload VMs from your on-premises data center to your SDDC.
Hybrid Migration with vMotion
Migration with vMotion, also known as hot migration or live migration, moves a powered-on VM from one host or datastore to another. Migration with vMotion is the best option for migrating small numbers of VMs without incurring any downtime.
Hybrid Cold Migration
Cold migration moves powered-off VMs from one host or datastore to another. Cold migration is a good option when you can tolerate some VM downtime during the migration process.
VMware Cloud on AWS supports custom-sized VMs, runs any OS supported by VMware, and makes use of single-tenant bare metal AWS infrastructure so that you can bring your Windows Server licenses to the AWS Cloud.
Security and Compliance
VMware Cloud on AWS lets you benefit from the AWS security-first approach, including IPSec VPN connectivity between your on-premises environment and VMware Cloud on AWS. You can utilize Network Address Translation (NAT) to establish connectivity for workloads running in your private subnet with VMware Cloud on AWS, and leverage network ACLs to control traffic to and from the subnet.
- Micro-segmentation with NSX: Offers granular protection for each application workload, preventing the lateral spread of threats in cloud environments. This feature enables granular control over East-West traffic between application workloads running in the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. Security policies are dynamically enforced at the VM-level, preventing security threats from spreading across network.
- vSAN encryption with AWS Key Management System (KMS):This enables encryption of data at rest with AWS’s managed service for creating and controlling the encryption keys. All data in VMware Cloud on AWS is encrypted at no additional cost.
In addtiion to many security capabilities, VMware Cloud on AWS also has been independently verified to comply with ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (type 1 and 2), SOC 2 (type 1 and 2), SOC 3, and HIPAA. Furthermore, VMware Cloud on AWS complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Single Host SDDC
Single Host SDDC is our low-cost gateway into the VMware Cloud on AWS hybrid cloud solution. Typically purchased as a 3+ host service, 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. Try it now.
3rd Party Software Integration
Support for leading ISV partner solutions across categories including Data Protection, DevOps, Cloud Migration and Security. For details, see the VMware web site here.
For comprehensive list of features including roadmap features, please visit the VMware Cloud on AWS Roadmap.