Monday, June 25, 2018

My top 3 VMWare on AWS feature

Over the past few months, the most talked about subject within the vCommunity has been VMware on AWS. Although I have heard a lot about the solution at a lot of the VMUG’s, I was unable to get the time to explore this great new product.

This weekend I test-drove the VMware on AWS solution using the hands-on lab. I find HOL a great resource for understanding the purpose of a product before implementing it my environment. It also drives up my curiosity to explore the product further when I get it implemented.

These are the features I’m excited about -

1)    Hybrid cloud extension – The ability to stretch my IP address subnets across the hybrid environment without having to change IP’s as it moves from on-prem to Hybrid cloud is awesome!

The reason I’m excited about this feature is because in my current lab environment to create a hybrid environment I have setup a VPG between AWS and on-prem. Both are on different subnets and if I have to migrate certain VM’s, I would need to change the networking properties.

This brings me to the second reason why I find VMware on AWS a great solution –

2)    Performing live vMotion between on-prem and AWS. I find so many applications for this feature –
a.     Migrating services from on-prem to AWS in case of disaster occurrence.
b.     Selective extension and workload migration between on-prem to AWS to balance the load.

(Courtesy of VMware)

This also brings me to the third reason why I love this new offering.

3)    Ability to add new hosts in AWS with a click of a button rather than actually having to deploy a physical host. Wiring them correctly, making sure they have redundant power and finally making sure their networking has been correctly setup can be quite cumbersome. I will take anything that makes my life easy!

VMware partnering with AWS is a dream come true for most IT operations teams. The best on-prem virtualization provider with the largest cloud provider is very beneficial for the organizations that look to expand and at the same time reduce their on-prem footprint.

Moreover, since I come from a monitoring background, I believe a single solution such as VMWare on AWS will make datacenters more secure and error free instead of having different solutions across each.

Thank you for reading my blog! I would love to hear your feedback, comments and viewpoints that you have.


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