VMware has taken Hybrid SDDC to a next level by having partnership with AWS. This announcement has given a solid answer for the VMware enterprise users who always search for a way to have an Offsite data center with public cloud management facilities. As per “Pat Gelsinger”(CEO of VMware) latest pre release announcement (Video URL : http://bcove.me/r6558tzu) VMware is all set to integrate its technology with the public cloud leader AWS by providing VMware vSphere based cloud service(VMware software defined data-center) running on AWS. Using this, VMware user can run application on consistent hybrid cloud environment, spanning both on-premises vSphere environment as there is much need for service oriented IT model.
The Hybrid VMware cross cloud architecture is a next generation elastic bare metal AWS infrastructure which provides solution to enterprise customer cloud migration and management needs. The VMware administrators can run and manage application in cloud in common operating environment like their existing vCenter server interface by elastically scaling AWS resources. The great news to the third party vendors whom they depend on common api and cli tools is that the cloud deployment comes with the support to VMware and third party tools which help to backup, monitor and orchestration of VMware environments. We, as a Backup and Disaster Recovery software company, who is providing option to do VM based backup from on-premises DC and do backed up VM data spin-up in AWS and Azure cloud environment by the capability of VembuHIVE file system to do cross platform virtual file conversion. This integration will help us to do backup both On-premises and cloud deployed VMware VMs and do the spin up of these backed up VM machines in much efficient way as it might eliminate the time taken by AWS process for the conversion of virtual image files into their AWS supported file format before launching the AWS instance with the VM data.
It seems like VMware will be the one which manages the infrastructure upgrades and patches which provides an ease of SDDC management to keep the environment with latest available fix intake. But I am not sure whether they will provide any options to disable automatic software upgrade. Since most of the enterprises don’t want to apply a patch file as soon as it is released and they don’t want it to be a buggy one. Also in an environment where they had a hybrid deployment If AWS is updating the VMware environment in cloud automatically then the administrator is forced to do the same at on-premises data-center.
The VM running in the integrated cloud will have seemingly less access to more than 70 plus AWS services covering compute, storage, database, security, analytics, mobile, and IoT. Above all these the most expected feature of all is the vSphere vMotion VMware Cloud on AWS which aids administrator to move running virtual machines from on-premises infrastructure to the AWS Cloud without any downtime.
It is expected to be available next year and it will be delivered, sold & supported by VMware as an on-demand elastically scalable service purchase from VMware. The VMware customers can use their older VMware commercial agreement to purchase the cloud software and services with VMware support for the data center management in AWS cloud.