During the second day of VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas VMware has announced an availability of VMware cloud on AWS. A service which has been announced during last year’s VMworld along with VMware Cloud Foundation. VMware Cloud on AWS is actually powered by VMware Cloud Foundation which has vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX.
Those are optimized to run on bare-metal AWS infrastructure. It is a service provided by VMware so VMware admin does not have to worry about versions, patching, upgrades etc. The operations are “elastic” which means you can provision new cluster on AWS within a very reasonable time. The demo we have assisted during the
The demo we have assisted during the second-day general session showed a provisioning assistant on AWS where the provisioning 4 hosts would take approximately two hours.
Your on-premises workloads can be migrated to VMware vCloud on AWS as if it was your own infrastructure. vMotion or cold migration do the job. You can purchase dedicated clusters that combine VMware software and AWS infrastructure, either on demand or as a subscription service.
Here is an overview of how this service works. You’re managing two vCenter servers. One on premises within your existing datacenter, and one at Amazon.
Part of the vCloud suite on AWS is also SDDC Manager which is a new innovative system management automation component specifically developed by VMware for Cloud Foundation. SDDC Manager complements the existing suite of VMware management software, such as VMware vCenter Server and vRealize Suite and allows a simplification of operational experience at the system level allowing customers to manage a highly distributed architecture as a single logical system.
What is the ESXi hosts configuration?
Each host is configured with 512GB of memory. Each host has dual CPU. ( Intel Xeon Processor E5-2686 v4 CPU) 18 cores, 2.3GHz, so the physical cluster has 144 cores. Hyper-threading is enabled. VMs can consume up to 288 logical processors in the default config. Those settings are not possible to change at the moment. A single offering from the hardware perspective, for each host.
How about data protection?
Our readers might ask about what’s the options for protecting the workloads? Yes, this is just in time for another announce which comes from Veeam. Actually, Veeam just announced a support for vCloud suite on AWS.
Veeam Availability Suite will soon be available to customers of VMware Cloud on AWS. This is a major game-changer because VMware Cloud on AWS technology partners enable customers to deploy the same proven solutions seamlessly in both the public and the private cloud.
Those are just a few exiting announcements from this year’s VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas. Check out back for more at our dedicated VMworld 2017 page.
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- VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 and VSAN 6.6.1 Lab Upgrade
- VMware Mirage Server Infrastructure [Guide]
- VMware Integrated Openstack 4.0 announced – VMworld 2017
- VMware Cloud Services – New PaaS Services for Managing, Securing and Govern Public and Private Cloud Infrastructure