Today VMware announced the recent updates to the VMware Cloud on AWS service. The main update is the general availability of the service to run out of AWS region London and with it, Frankfurt will soon follow. Something people have known about but its now available in London.
The next big update is around Stretched Clusters, leveraging vSAN stretched cluster to provide zero-RPOs between AZ’s within the region. This is something that makes perfect sense, the idea to run in AWS is to take advantages of the highly available infrastructure. During deployment, NSX also created a VXLAN network to provide a consistent layer 2 network across the AZs. Stretched Clusters are still in tech preview at the minute.
Further features were added to Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) to make it available from deployment. HCX can be leveraged to move large migration of VMs efficiently, not only just moving the VM but also the networking and security.
The MSP network has been expanded to use VMConAWS along with competencies available for partners, both of which I will be leveraging in my day job.
DRaaS has also been enhanced with the use of SRM v8 using Enhanced Link Mode between SDDCs.
A move to VMWonAWS can be assisted with the use of VMware Cost Insight, this can be used to see the costs of moving the infrastructure to AWS using real world data. vRNI can then be used, as part of an assessment, to gather dependencies.
Full list of all roadmap features are now available for all to see, whats available now and whats planned https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/roadmap
Pricing is now available for London and can be found at https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws-pricing
To see the announcements in full see https://cloud.vmware.com/cloudbriefing