Businesses today are in demand of fast and agile IT resources that can accommodate digital transformation. There is significant focus on IT becoming a business enabler. As such IT are now under more pressure than ever to deliver resources quickly without compromising security. Consequently, people are using public cloud to meet those demands and the need to evolve from private cloud to public cloud in the most cost effective, convenient way continues to grow.

For a lot of companies there is a need to easily extend the on-prem, private cloud platform into an external cloud while still managing existing IT infrastructure. The easiest way to do this is to have the same infrastructure platform in the external cloud as you have hosted in your on-prem environment. In case of a SDDC based on-prem environment it would mean a SDDC platform hosted in an external cloud (SDDC-as-a-Service). In VMware’s case this means a full SDDC stack that provides a vSphere-based infrastructure platform where vSphere workload can be hosted. Customers who then want to move vSphere workloads from their own on-prem environment to the external cloud do not have to change anything. They can easily migrate between the two platforms as both platforms are vSphere based.

VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS delivers a unified infrastructure that bridges the gap between private and public clouds. In simple terms it is a service which allows you to consume VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) running on bare metal in Amazon Web Services (AWS) availability zones. VMC on AWS is available in 15 locations globally and AWS GovCloud (US West) regions. VCF is a suite of products including VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN and VMware NSX wrapped up nicely in lifecycle automation goodness. VMware Cloud on AWS is ideal for enterprise IT infrastructure and operations organisations looking to migrate their on-premises vSphere-based workloads to the public cloud, consolidate and extend their Datacentre capacities, and transform their disaster recovery solutions. With VMC on AWS, organisations can simplify their Hybrid IT operations by using the same VMware Cloud Foundation technologies across their on-premises data centers and on the AWS Cloud without having to purchase any new or custom hardware, rewrite applications, or modify their operating models. Customers can subscribe to the service meaning VMware manages the environment. In the event of a failure VMware will replace hosts and continuously patch each host as and when required. Customers can configure automatic scale-out and scale-in as required therefore only paying for the number of hosts required.

Similar to other public clouds customers can choose to pay on-demand (hourly) or commit to either 1 or 3 years for additional discounts to avail of VMC on AWS.  Above all the greatest advantage of VMware Cloud on AWS is consist management and deployment.

Use case for VMC on AWS include:

  • Cloud Migration
  • Next-Generation Apps
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Datacentre Extension

Key benefits include:

  • Seamless, bi-directional large-scale app migration with consistent policies and configurations.
  • No conversions or re-architecture of applications.
  • Enterprise-grade scale, availability and performance with native-like access to AWS services.
  • Operational consistency and skills transfer as it’s the familiar vSphere-based environment delivered as a cloud service.
  • Minimised complexity, cost and risk while extending the value of existing app investments.
  • Accelerated speed of provisioning and in DR cases accelerated time to protection.
  • Improved scalability though flexible consumption models. Pay as you grow for as much you need.
  • Global AWS footprint, reach & availability over time.
  • Ability to spin up an entire SDDC in under 2 hours and scale host capacity in minutes.
  • Leverage existing investments to avail of additional discounts through VMware’s Hybrid Loyalty Program.* (T&C’s apply)

In conclusion VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud that extends on-premises vSphere environments to a VMware SDDC running on Amazon EC2 elastic, bare-metal infrastructure. This allows customers gain greater agility, access to global deployment options, increased flexibility and speed to respond to changing business needs, accelerate innovation and align costs to business requirements by managing upfront expenses, operational support and TCO. With VMC on AWS customers are recognizing the benefit of having their public clouds integrate and work seamlessly with their on-premises infrastructure while taking advantage of their existing teams, skillsets, tools and processes

For more information on VMware’s on premise and public cloud infrastructure solutions or how our customer Elavon uses VMware’s cloud solution for easy, repeatable global deployments please don’t’ hesitate to reach out to Asystec.


Rachel Crotty | Asystec Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions Specialist