VMware Announces Several Enhancements to Its AWS Hybrid Cloud Solutions VMware kicked off its 2018 VMworld conference at Las Vegas on Monday. VMware Cloud on AWS now available in the Asia-Pacific region (Sydney). Mark Lohmeyer is senior vice president and general manger of VMware’s Cloud Platform Business Unit. He described VMware Cloud on AWS to be “a cost-effective and fast way to migrate mission critical applications or entire datacenters to the cloud.” Lohmeyer said in a prepared statement that “once in the cloud, our software-defined data center capabilities of VMware, combined with the flexibility, breadth and depth of AWS infrastructure, makes it the ideal platform to run modern applications.” The press release also includes the following updates:
New minimum configuration and 50% lower entry-level prices: Production workloads will start with a minimum configuration of three hosts for SDDC. For a limited time, VMware will offer three-host SDDC at a reduced price for only two hosts. The entry price for VMware Cloud on AWS is also going down by 50%.
License optimization for enterprise applications (Oracle/Microsoft). Customers will be able with VM-Host Asfinity to pin workloads to a specific group in order to meet licensing requirements. Customers will also be able to specify the number of CPU cores that they require, which will help lower the cost of running mission critical applications that are licensed per core.
Live migration of thousands of VMs and instant datacenter evacuation: Customers can live migrate thousands of VMs using VMware NSX Connect, previously known as VMware Hybrid Extension. It is powered by vMotion/vSphere Replication. VMware Cost Insight offers a free migration cost assessment to help with cloud migration planning.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), a new storage option with high capacity, independent scaling: Create clusters to store-dense environments and scale compute and storage resources. These clusters provide scalable storage capabilities by using VMware vSAN that utilizes Amazon EBS and runs on new Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud R5.metal instances. Amazon EC2 R5.metal instances use 2.5 GHz Intel Platinum8000 series (Skylake SP) processors. Each host has two sockets with 48 cores, 96 Hyper-threads and 768GB RAM. There is also 25 Gbps of network bandwidth.
VMware NSX provides application-centric security: VMware NSX can provide micro-segmentation to allow for granular control over east/west traffic between workloads in VMware Cloud on AWS. Security policies can be based on workload attributes or user-definable tags and are dynamically enforced at VM level and follow workloads wherever and whenever they move.
Integration between NSX/AWS Direct Connect for high-performance, simplified connectivity: The integration between NSX (and AWS Direct Connect) will allow private and consistent connectivity between VMware workloads that run on VMware Cloud on AWS as well as those that are running on-premises. This integration will accelerate cloud migration and enable multi-tier hybrid apps.
Optimized cost/performance through autoscaling: Elastic DNS allows for automated scaling up and down of hosts, and rebalancing clusters based on the requirements of the applications and policies that the customer has defined. Elastic DRS also allows users to automate VMware Cloud cluster scaling on AWS.
Log management in real-time: Customers have instant access to VMware Cloud On AWS audit logs using VMware Log Intelligence.