VMware Cloud on Aws: Introduction

VMware Cloud on Aws: Introduction

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VMware is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS VMware) to offer customers access to AWS VMware Cloud.

It allows you to choose the taste of the infrastructure you want to provide in the AWS region with the same three building blocks as the hyper convergent offering on the VMware premises; VSphere, VSAN, and NSX.

AWS VMware Cloud enables organizations to manage, connect, and use a hybrid cloud extension, creating a consistent hybrid cloud platform.

Overview on VMware Cloud on AWS

AWS VMware Cloud (VMC to AWS) is a cloud-driven offering that provides dedicated VMware vSphere-based software-defined data centers (SDDCs) hosted on AWS facilities. vSphere based workloads grant optimized access to the VMware site recovery manager. AWS resources prove to be crucial in any on-premises data center.

Before starting the service, it is necessary to understand a few points.

  • The service uses facilities and hardware owned and operated by AWS.
  • The service also provides dedicated, hybrid cloud environments in the form of SDDC.
  • SDDC hosts are committed to that SDDC. These hosts are exclusive to SDDC until they are removed from SDDC (manually removed by the client or replaced due to a host defect). At that time, they were released into the entire pool of AWS available capacity.
  • SDDCs are deployed in an AWS account owned by VMware, not an AWS account owned by a client.
  • SDDCs have instant access to in-house AWS GovCloud hosted on a separate AWS account owned by the client.
  • Domestic AWS services are charged to a customer-owned AWS account without VMware workloads

Amazon Web Services Account

A significant benefit of AWS VMC is its ability to provide fast, direct access to AWS services. That said, all clients need to have a dedicated AWS account that will be used to access and manage these services. If you are unsure how to create an AWS account, please see the AWS documentation for more information about the process.

Some critical points about the AWS account:

  • The account is required to provide SDDC access to AWS services.
  • It is necessary to deploy a production SDDC.
  • The account is owned by the client, not VMware.
  • Account billing is handled directly by AWS, not VMware

AWS VMware Cloud provides disaster recovery (DR) capabilities in the following areas:

Rationalized automation and reporting for DR:

Frequent, continuous DR testing

• DR runbooks for complete location and per group of applications

• Flexible protection topologies

Hypervisor-based VM replication:

• Replication of vSphere, regardless of storage

• Network efficient data movement and replication

Elastic and consistent cloud infrastructure:

• Demand capacity and price per VM

• Scaling the failure reporting cluster

• Manage familiar tools

The benefits of VMware Cloud foundation AWS Disaster Recovery are as follows:

• Diversifies risk: global reach and scale are possible with 16 AWS regions and more than 40 access zones.

• Improves readiness: deployment takes five steps.

• Minimize impact: Granular protection is provided by a 5-minute return point target (RPO).

• Reduces errors: you can audit DR readiness.

The main advantages of VMware Cloud over AWS

Simplify the cloud adoption process

Centralize support for your entire virtual desktop infrastructure using AWS VMware Cloud. And public clouds can add an additional layer to the bare metal AWS infrastructure. AWS cloud is still independent of the data center as VMware Cloud on AWS.

Upgrade your VDI environment

Accelerate the adoption of current and future technologies and solutions using open, high-performance architecture.

Migrate to the Cloud according to your conditions

Migrate quickly to AWS VMware Cloud using VMware HCX to ensure secure mobility of desktops and applications across your environment if your organization already uses VMware vSphere.


Smooth transition

Use the same local chimney of tools and pictures as your surroundings on the premises – so you don’t have to turn into a new picture.

Flexible deployment options

Quickly increase or decrease your VDI environment by requesting multiple locations.

Cloud scale agility

Continue to use the VMware SDDC Enterprise capabilities, including computing, storage, and networking, delivered as an AWS service.

Integration with AWS services

Each SDDC is provided with direct access to AWS infrastructure services by linking to an AWS account owned by the client. This connection is established through a part of the SDDC security process and is performed using one of two methods:

  • By selecting an AWS account that is already linked as part of an earlier SDDC deployment, or
  • By creating a new AWS account connection.

The term “connected” means that the client has given VMware permission to enable routing between SDDC and VPC within the client-owned AWS account. IAM roles created in the linked account using the Cloud providers Formation template, these permissions are granted.

It is crucial to note that the person running the account login process must have sufficient permissions (e.g., administrator privileges) within the AWS account to perform this CloudFormation form.

Once a connection is established to your AWS account, it immediately becomes possible to configure cross-linking between SDDC and VPC in that account.

The cross-linking contains a series of ENIs with cross-accounts attached to the subnet within the VPC. These ENIs provide SDDC hosts with a network forwarding path to resources within the VPC.

The cross-linking process is automated at the time of SDDC deployment. No manual operation is required to perform this configuration.

VMware Cloud on AWS Compliance

VMware and AWS instances adhere to rigorous security standards and extend coverage to various industry-specific security and compliance measures. VMware and AWS make independent third-party testing and auditing reports available to customers. These reports meet a wide range of customer-specific compliance requirements.

Regulatory and industry certifications: AWS VMware hybrid Cloud service complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and introduces major compliance certificates, including SOC 1, 2, 3, HIPAA BAA, and ISO 27001/17/18.


AWS VMware Cloud is an out-of-the-box service that allows you to rotate VMware SDDC into the AWS public cloud.

AWS VMware Cloud provides many benefits, including taking slow and low-risk access to cloud adoption. You can increase the existing infrastructure in rooms with cloud growth resources.

This solution reduces the need for new capital costs for equipment while providing an opportunity to grow and reduce the load on the cloud.

It also allows you to take full advantage of your existing equipment and infrastructure while still being productive and usable if you consider complete cloud migration.

AWS has segmented parts of its on-premises data center space to accommodate the VMware infrastructure. VMware software is implemented directly on bare metal AWS.

Support and management functions, such as patches and software updates, are performed by VMware, while AWS performs physical device management.

You control your VMs and have delegated access to vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS too.