What does the AWS | VMware Partnership mean ?

When I heard this for the very first time, I got confused ‘Ehhh What is it? I am sure a few of you had the same puzzle.

At a higher level the largest public cloud company joining hands with largest private cloud offering company.  Alright!!! But what is it in technical terms. This is what I want to know because ….

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As per AWS, it is a native, fully managed VMware environment on the AWS Cloud that can be accessed on an hourly, on-demand basis or in subscription form. It includes the same core VMware technologies that customer runs in their data centers today including vSphere, Virtual SAN and NSX network virtualization platform and is designed to provide a clean, seamless experience.

VMware Cloud on AWS runs directly on the physical hardware, while still taking advantage of a host of network and hardware features designed to support our security-first design model. This allows VMware to run their virtualization stack on AWS infrastructure without having to use nested virtualization. So instead of usual EC2 which is based on Xen virtualization, you will get a VM built on your favorite VMware hypervisor.
You would be able to create your VMware infrastructure on 13 different AWS regions which will be operated, managed and sold by VMware as an On-demand, elastically scalable service and customers will be able to leverage AWS services such as developer tools, analytics, database and more.  You selected your locations from the below figure.

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It also gives the customers an option to pay usual AWS model hourly and reserved (1 or 3 years) along with an additional option to pay as part of VMware account. Which means if you are an existing VMware customer, you would be able to pay cost as part of that agreement. This provides customer second payment option to utilize the AWS cloud but does not need to manage another payment method.

You get a dedicate AWS infrastructure for your VMware Cloud on AWS which is powered by VMware Cloud Foundation.  We are all familiar with VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), you will now see Elastic DRS with this. This would help you distribute your load to additional host which would be built automatically when you run out of the host resources. Does it get edge over the auto scaling? We will have to wait for getting more details on this. Running something on a dedicated AWS hardware will definitely bring additional cost to VMware plus the VMware service cost, it will be interesting to see the cost and how they make it affordable to their customers. I think the cost of this is paid directly to the VMware so I could not find the cost structure of this service yet anywhere. We have to wait for getting more details on this from AWS like whether we can bring the VMware cloud on our existing VPC. Having said that the below diagram seen from AWS-VMware presentation tell us that customers would be able to integrate with most of the AWS cloud services including networking.

vmware-cloud-on-aws

Looks at the above diagram, it is definitely providing customer flexibility to integrate on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS and AWS Services which is looking really good according to me.

AWS Management Portal

This enable you to see all your environment starting from your on-premises VMware infrastructure and AWS VMware cloud in a single window which is called AWS Management Portal for vCenter. You could find this from your AWS Account. This is something which come out from this partnership and available for the client without any additional cost. However, you will be charged for AWS services consumed as usual. This is where VMware has invested for something which will enable customers to move from private cloud to AWS. This portal will help customers to seamlessly migrate their VMware VMs to AWS EC2 easily. The console use VMotion feature to migrate the VMs to EC2 where as you get option to select your desired EC2 instances as your target. That is the sacrifice VMware had to get this partnership agreed with AWS I think. It is anyway something they cannot stop…

It provides below benefits to the customers.

  • It enables enterprises and service providers to offer a self-service portal for deploying and managing AWS resources within vCenter. thin the portal, administrators can define the networks, resources, and templates that can be used within AWS. And end-users can leverage the templates and networks that their administrators have created to deploy resources within AWS.
  • You can Migrate your existing VM-based applications and workloads to Amazon EC2. Using the portal, you can preserve the software and settings that you have configured in your existing VMs, while benefiting from running your applications and workloads in Amazon EC2.
  • For customers experienced with managing VMware-based environments, the AWS Management Portal for vCenter provides a simple way to get started with AWS. The portal offers a focused set of management features, making it a good choice for new AWS customers. You will find the process of creating your first Amazon EC2 instance using the portal is similar to creating a VM in vCenter.
  • The AWS Management Portal for vCenter enables you to leverage AWS regions across the US, EU, Asia Pacific, and South America, all from within vCenter.

There will few charges additional when you migrate your workload to AWS additionally along with target infrastructure. Amazon S3 and EBS storage is utilized during VM migration and is billed separately. Customers will also incur Amazon EC2 and bandwidth charges when using the service, which is also billed separately. Beware and you may need to consider this cost as well for your cost estimation.  The below diagram illustrates high level migration process. When you request a migration, we create a conversion task. When the conversion task completes successfully, your imported instance is available.

vm-migration

You may read the following as well. This is not a comprehensive tool for creating and managing AWS resources. The management portal enables vCenter users to get started quickly with basic tasks, such as creating a VPC and subnet, and launching an EC2 instance. To complete more advanced tasks, users must use the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or an AWS SDK. The management portal primarily supports Amazon EC2 resources. Future releases might support resources for additional services.

In short, it is good for the customers. But it shows domination of AWS in the public cloud space. We have already seen company like Rackspace made the partnership with AWS. This is another example that the companies are starting to sense that it isn’t a winnable competition in the public cloud space.

Stay tuned for further updates from AWS.

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