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VMware Cloud on AWS: Everything you Need to Know

Cloud | Posted on July 23, 2018 by Scott Mathewson

The challenges facing multi-cloud enterprises show no signs of slowing down.

From preparing legacy applications for hosted environments, to skills shortages and lack of experience, businesses pursuing a hybrid IT strategy have their work cut out for them.

In a recent webinar hosted by Softchoice, our experts conducted a deep dive on the VMware Cloud on AWS service, exploring how it addresses these challenges. We’ve uploaded the full presentation below, along with a high-level summary of the themes and advice covered by our experts.

More multi-cloud, more headaches

The single cloud world is a thing of the past. Today, 71% of enterprises are leveraging multiple-cloud models to power their business. Within just two years, that number will rocket up to 92%, according to IDC.

But, as more clouds are added to the environment, more challenges arise. In fact, our research shows 80% of applications bound for the cloud require some form of modification, from cosmetic upgrades, to complete re-writes or swapping for a SaaS alternative. Meanwhile, only 13% of businesses say they have the necessary processes, people and tools needed to manage hybrid IT environments. Add to this ongoing concerns and confusion over compliance regulations in the cloud, and the multi-cloud paradigm is a tough one to adopt.

VMware Cloud on AWS helps make multi-cloud a reality

That’s where VMware Cloud on AWS comes into play. The VMware solution is designed specifically to close the skill gaps and make adopting a multi-cloud reality as easy, seamless and secure, as possible.

From a technical level, VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables you to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. The service integrates vSphere, vSAN and NSX along with VMware vCenter management, and is optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure.

From a business perspective, the benefits are clear to anyone struggling with multi-cloud. You are able to use the same architecture, management and processes required for your on-premise workloads to run applications and workloads in the cloud. This allows you to quickly, and easily unlock the benefits of the cloud, using your existing tools, processes and people. It also allows you to port existing, native applications to cloud infrastructure with little or no upfront rationalization.

Top 3 benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS

Our VMware team also discussed three prime benefits of using the AWS service for your VMware-run applications:

Enhanced security: You maintain complete control of your environment, porting over existing policies from native VMware workloads to the AWS cloud. You can also take advantage of a dedicated, private network connection from your premises to Amazon. On top of all this, you get instant access to a large selection of advanced security tools — such as AWS Shield, a DDoS protection service, or Key Management Service for the creation and control of encryption keys, as well as Amazon’s wide array of built-in compliance standards.

Resilience and high-availability: With AWS locations across 18 geographic regions and 55 availability zones, you get a more effective way to design and operate applications and databases. Your apps are more highly available, fault-tolerant, and scalable than with traditional single data center infrastructures.

Microservices to accelerate innovation: AWS lets you take a microservices approach to build and enhance your applications. For the uninitiated, think of microservices like Lego building blocks for software development. With microservices, an application is built with independent components that run each application process as a service. These services communicate using lightweight APIs. Because they are independently run, each service can be updated, deployed, and scaled to meet demand for the specific functions of an application — at much greater speeds, and efficiency than traditional “monolithic” approaches.

Use cases and buying VMware Cloud on AWS:

Not surprisingly, the most attractive and common use cases for VMware Cloud on AWS align perfectly to the key value propositions of the cloud in general. Organizations use the service because they want to make true burst computing a reality, seamlessly scaling up infrastructure on demand as needed. They also look to it to provide a simple, straight-forward path to the cloud for business applications, without having to re-tool, re-write or hire new resources to do so. The VMware Cloud on AWS service is also an attractive option for IT professionals looking to create reliable disaster recovery and backup solutions for critical business workloads.

Finally, our webinar summarized the basics: how do you buy it, and how do you manage it? Simply put, you purchase exactly as you would any VMware product or service, directly or via your trusted partner. You pay based on consumption, on-demand models, with options to reserve pricing at one- and three-year intervals. Simply put, you do not need to deal with a new provider at Amazon. There is still just one number to call in case you need support.

Getting started

Your hybrid IT strategy should be informed by the needs of your business and the existing demands of your users and applications. Right now, Softchoice is offering a complimentary assessment to see if VMware Cloud on AWS is fit for your environment. Get in touch today for a Live Demo and a call with one of our experts.

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