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It’s No Fairy Tale: Building Your Hybrid Cloud Just Got Easier with VMware Cloud on AWS

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Remember that old fairy tale called Jack and the Beanstalk?  Some magical beans grew a giant vine reaching all the way up to the clouds where great rewards and even greater dangers awaited our unsuspecting hero.  Many enterprises may feel the same way about moving to the cloud.  Sure, there are promised rewards—but how to minimize those giant risks?

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Chances are you are already doing virtualization today, and probably using VMware vSphere.  Virtualization is a great step in expanding and optimizing the computational power of your physical machines.  Consider that planting those magic beans.  But it’s only part of the story.  Smart CIOs and IT directors know even more CAPEX savings and OPEX efficiencies can be had by expanding virtualization to other areas of their data centers - namely storage and networking.  Running a software defined data center gives you greater savings, better efficiencies, and more security, and is a great step towards expanding into the cloud.

After all—once you’re running a highly virtualized environment, isn’t the next logical step to expand that virtualization to the cloud?  With VMware Cloud running on Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can easily take the next step to your data center’s evolution.

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VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that lets you run VMware vSphere-based applications on next generation AWS infrastructure.  VMware Cloud on AWS is ideal for customers looking to migrate applications to the public cloud, develop entirely new applications, extend the capacity of their data centers for existing applications, consolidate on-premises data centers, or quickly provision development and test environments.1

There are some immediate benefits you’ll experience with VMware Cloud on AWS. 

  • Hybrid Cloud—Minus the Complexity
    VMware Cloud on AWS lets you operate a consistent and seamless hybrid IT environment that combines the VMware software you love with the unmatched functionality, security, and operational expertise of the AWS Cloud. There is no new or custom hardware to deploy in your on-premises environment, and no need to rewrite or modify applications to shift to a hybrid cloud model.  Essentially, it’s hybrid cloud without the complexity of setup.
  • Leverage the VMware Investments You’ve Already Made
    Because you use the same VMware technology (vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter) across your on-premises environment and the AWS Cloud, you can use the same tools and management capabilities you are using today. You can keep the same VMware provisioning, storage, and lifecycle policies.  This means you can easily move applications between their on-premises environments and AWS without having to purchase any new hardware, rewrite applications, or modify your operations.

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But why would you want to do this—besides moving to the cloud?  Are there some specific reasons adopting VMware Cloud on AWS is the right move for you and your enterprise?  Is there some sort of golden eggs?  You bet!  Using virtualization to extend your on-premises data center out to the VMware Cloud running on Amazon Web Services offers some compelling use cases, including:

  • Extending your Data Center to the Cloud for Greater Flexibility and Capacity
    Get VMware SDDC capacity in the AWS Cloud in minutes whenever your business needs to meet temporary, seasonal, or unplanned demand. Take advantage of elastic capacity and usage-based economics of VMware Cloud on AWS by seamlessly moving your live applications into an environment that is operationally consistent with your VMware data center.
  • Cloud-Supported Disaster Recovery
    Easily deliver business continuity with VMware Site Recovery: on-demand disaster recovery as a service, optimized for VMware Cloud on AWS. The flexible architecture lets you deploy a disaster recovery strategy between on-premises to and VMware Cloud on AWS or between two VMware Cloud on AWS environments across availability zones with fast easy failover and failback capabilities.
  • Application Migration
    Extend on-premises data centers and easily migrate application workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS without conversions. Obtain bi-directional workload portability between on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • Quicker Application Development and Testing
    Deliver VMware SDDC-consistent dev/test environments that can integrate with modern CI/CD automation tools. Access native AWS services seamlessly for new app development.  With VMware Cloud on AWS you can implement an operationally and architecturally consistent test environment, based on VMware SDDC platform, with vSphere at its core, delivering the ability to run the application either on-premises or in the cloud.

Sounds intriguing? The nice thing is--- you can easily try out VMware Cloud on AWS with a free, 30-day lab trial that shows just how easy it is to implement and manage your workloads in the cloud—as well as migrate existing on-premises virtual workloads to the cloud.  You’ll also be able to extend your secure virtual networks and storage to the cloud.  All you have to do is sign up today: https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=vmc-aws-18-hol.

You can also read more about the benefits you’ll get over at VMware—or even at Amazon Web Services.  Both sites have great information on why adopting VMware Cloud on AWS might be the smart choice for you.

Why not engage with Clearpath Solutions Group today to discuss how VMware Cloud running on AWS can deliver the flexibility of the cloud to your data center today and truly digitally transform your business to new levels of CAPEX savings and OPEX efficiency?  Contact us to find how to turn your dream of moving to the cloud into reality today.  No giants included!

 

 

References:

1 https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws

 

Topics: VMware, AWS, VMware AWS, Hybrid Cloud

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