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VMware Cloud on AWS
In today's world where cloud computing is a key strategy for many organizations, having the right deployment is essential. Some organizations implement private clouds within their own local data center, others host their entire infrastructure on the public cloud. However, many organizations have a need to implement a hybrid cloud architecture, combining elements of both the public and private clouds. VMware Cloud on AWS provides a simple and effective method of establishing a hybrid cloud environment.
VMware is a leading vendor when it comes to the virtualization of resources such as compute, storage, and network infrastructure. As a result, many organizations have used or currently utilize VMware within their own data center to manage and optimize their environment, often in their own private clouds.
VMware Cloud on AWS allows you to seamlessly transition your VM workloads to the AWS cloud to take advantage of the benefits that a public cloud can provide such as:
- On-demand resourcing
- High availability
- Utility-based metering
- Regional expansion
This integration with AWS also opens up the potential to allow for communication between your VMs and the many services and features that AWS provides. This means your apps and resources in VMware Cloud on AWS can take advantage of AWS object storage such as S3, NoSQL databases such as DynamoDB, EC2 instances, and much more.
The service itself runs on bare-metal architecture allowing the continuation of ESXi hypervisors running the same suite of VMware software and management products as you do on-premises. Both environments can be controlled by VMware vCenter to allow ease of management.
This course takes an introductory look at VMware Cloud on AWS, providing an overview of what it is, how it can benefit your business, its underlying architecture, its integration with AWS and its service, and much more.
By the end of this course you will:
- Be able to explain the components of the Software Defined Data Center provided by VMware
- Understand what the VMware Cloud on AWS service is
- Have an understanding on how VMware Cloud on AWS could provide benefits to you and your business
- Have an awareness of how VMware Cloud on AWS connects to your AWS account and how you could provide communication between that and your SDDC
- Understand how maintenance and support is provided across the service
- Be able to explain a range of different use cases that you as a business could utilise the service for
- Understand how much the service is likely to cost
This course would be of benefit to:
- Business managers looking to understand what VMware Cloud on AWS can provide the enterprise
- VMware and AWS Architects looking to understand how VMware Cloud on AWS works in conjunction with the AWS public cloud and VMware’s private on-premise architecture
- Anyone who wants to gain an introductory understanding of the VMware Cloud on AWS service
This introductory course does not go into detail about how to configure and implement the VMware Cloud on AWS service, instead it’s designed to provide you with enough information to understand what it is and what it’s used for. However, as a prerequisite to this course, it would be advantageous, but not essential to have a basic understanding of:
- Cloud computing, including deployment models such as public, private, and hybrid clouds (which you can learn about in our What Is Cloud Computing? course)
- Virtualisation principles, such as what a hypervisor is (check out our Introduction to Virtualization Technologies course)
- VMware vSphere products
- AWS Virtual Private Clouds and their configuration (AWS VPCs are covered in detail in our AWS Networking and Content Delivery learning path)
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Hello and welcome to this course which will focus on VMware Cloud on AWS. I shall be explaining how it's now possible to bring together a Software Defined Data Center by VMware with a suite of products along with the elasticity and flexibility that AWS provides within its public cloud.
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This introductory course does not go into detail about how to configure and implement the VMware cloud on AWS service, instead it's designed to provide you with enough information to understand what it is and what it's used for. However, as a prerequisite to this course, it would be advantageous but not essential to have a basic understanding of the following:
- cloud computing including deployment models such as public, private, and hyper clouds.
- Virtualization principles such as what a hypervisor is
- VMware vSphere products, and
- AWS Virtual Private Clouds and their configuration.
This course would be of benefit to business managers looking to understand what VMware Cloud on AWS can provide the enterprise, VMware and AWS architects looking to understand how VMware Cloud and AWS works in conjunction with the AWS public cloud and VMware's private on premise architecture, and anyone who wants to gain an introductory understanding of the VMware Cloud on AWS service.
This course is comprised of the following lectures:
- The VMware software defined data center known as SDDC and this lecture looks up what an SDDC is and the components within it focusing on a range of VMware vSphere suite of products and the VMware Cloud Foundation platform.
- What is VMware Cloud on AWS? In this lecture I will explain what this service is and does, along with an explanation of the underlying architecture that it's built upon in AWS.
- Benefits to the enterprise. This lecture looks at the many benefits this service can bring to organizations across a range of areas.
- Integration between the VMware SDDC and AWS services. Within this lecture I focus on how the SDDC is connected to your AWS account and how you can leverage the services and features offered by AWS.
- Maintenance and support. This lecture defines the boundaries between you as the customer and VMware when it comes to maintenance and support of your SDDC.
- Use cases. Here I provide a number of potential use cases for VMware cloud on AWS.
- Pricing, and this lecture looks at the different pricing models available with a price break down comparison between them, and finally
- A course summary, and this final lecture provides a high level summary of the key points taken from the previous lectures within this course.
The objectives for this course correlate closely to the lectures provided, and so by the end of this course you will be able to explain the components of the Software Defined Data Center provided by VMware. Understand what the VMware Cloud on AWS service is. Have an understanding on how VMware Cloud on AWS could provide benefits to you and your business. Have an awareness of how VMware cloud on AWS connects to your AWS account and how you could provide communication between that and your SDDC. You'll understand how maintenance and support is provided across the service and be able to explain a range of different use cases that you as a business could utilize the service for. And finally, understand how much the service is likely to cost.
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That brings me to the end of this lecture. Coming up next, I shall be discussing the VMware Software Defined Data Center.
About the Author
Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data centre and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.
To date Stuart has created over 40 courses relating to Cloud, most within the AWS category with a heavy focus on security and compliance
He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.
In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.
Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.