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VMware Cloud on AWS : Experience the Best of Both Worlds!

VMware partnered with the pioneer of the Global Cloud platform AWS and released athe VMware cloud on AWS platform for its users and now you can experience the best of the both worlds in a single Cloud Service. Previously, I wrote an article about the Technical Overview of the VMware Cloud on AWS environment after announcing the initial release.

VMware Cloud on AWS hypervisors running on top of the i3 bare metal instances and integrated with the Amazon Cloud Formation to build the Cloud based Software Defined Datacenter. These bare metal i3 instances give you the direct access to it’s compute resources and have the below hardware specifications:

  • Processing – Two Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 processors running at 2.3 GHz, with a total of 36 hyperthreaded cores (72 logical processors).
  • Memory – 512 GiB.
  • Storage – 15.2 terabytes of local, SSD-based NVMe storage.
  • Network – 25 Gbps of ENA-based enhanced networking.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) allows you to try these bare metal servers and if you want to try them out please Sign Up !

How VMware Cloud on AWS use the AWS Services for VMware SDDC ?

VMware Cloud on AWS leverage the AWS services such as Cloud Formation, IAM and Lambda to provide and deploy the i3 Bare metal instances and complete vSphere Software stack (vSphere, NSX and VSAN) in the cloud.

VMware Cloud on AWS : Leverage AWS Services.

First of all customer will login to the VMware on AWS Console and start the SDDC deployment. It will generate the Cloud Formation Template which customer run in the AWS account, Cloud Formation will leverage the AWS Identity Access Management (IAM) policies to grant the cross account access. These cross account access describes the AWS VPC, VPC Subnets and Route tables to create and manage the ENIs (Elastic Network Interfaces). These policies allows the full visibility to the operations which are performing the VMware SDDC.

Once the access is granted, AWS Lambda communicates to the Cloud console to provision the VMware SDDC in the customer VMware account. It will deploy the hosts according to the number of hosts selected during the provisioning stage along with the VMware software stack.

Each ESXi host provide the connectivity to the AWS ENIs, one additional ENI connectivity in each host will use the Gateway to migrate across the hosts (additional ENI connectivity shows in the first EC2 instance only). NSX will create the logical networks and these ENI connectivity allows to utilize the AWS services such as S3, Redshift, Lambda, etc.

Try VMware Cloud on AWS on VMware Hands-on Lab

VMware Hands-on Lab allows you to try this cloud platform and it’s worth of spending some time and playing around with this. Use your myVMware account to access the Hands-on Labs.

VMware Cloud on AWS

Fill the required details and accept the End User License Agreement to start the free trail

VMware Cloud on AWS EULA

VMware Cloud on AWS : Start trail

Wait for sometime to create the Hands-on Lab

VMware Cloud on AWS HOL

Once you get the Desktop access open Google Chrome

VMware Cloud on AWS : Open Chrome

Click on Student Check-In, type the same myVMware account email and search, once it listed the email click on Click to Validate to validate the email address

VMware Cloud on AWS : Validate email

Check your inbox and you will get the confirmation email and you will be able to access the VMware on AWS Console from your browser

VMware on AWS : Email Confirmation

VMware on AWS : Console

Now you can follow the steps to configure the VMware Cloud on AWS platform in the instruction.

I will post another complete post with the configuration steps. I hope this post will give you the high level overview of the VMware Cloud on AWS and how it leverages the AWS services and vSphere software stack to provide the best cloud experience.

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Aruna Lakmal

Senior Virtualization Engineer at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 6 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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