VMware Cloud on AWS: 5 reasons to make the move

While more enterprises are going cloud-native heading into 2020, many still have critical data and applications that require consistent up-time, facing difficulties in moving their existing workloads to the public cloud, or selling the idea.

VMware on AWS Cloud (VMC) is a continuously evolving and increasingly popular hybrid cloud service that addresses these pain-points while providing significant benefits and minimal risk - and it’s an attractive migration option that more businesses should get acquainted with if they’re looking for a stress-free path to the cloud.

VMC provides a streamlined way for businesses to run and migrate application workloads to AWS across VMware-based public and hybrid cloud environments, while having access to the broader services of Amazon’s public cloud platform. Users can manage on-premises workloads alongside those hosted in the cloud using the same familiar VMware tools, and reduce the data center footprint overall without the time, cost or complexity of traditional tools.

However, successful digital transformation is never just about cost-savings. VMC also frees your teams up to use the broader capabilities of the AWS cloud platform, driving further innovation opportunities while future proofing.

We break down the 5 big reasons to consider the move to the cloud using VMware Cloud on AWS (WMC) today.

 

Reason #1: VMware Cloud on AWS optimises costs and eliminates shadow IT

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VMware Cloud on AWS is faster, simpler and friendlier on the budget than many other options.

Choosing VMC allows organisations to move over workloads on AWS Cloud while maintaining an inexpensive hybrid cloud environment, providing many cost-optimisation benefits that are already well documented among existing VMware Cloud on AWS users.

For starters, with no additional hardware to manage, maintain, pay for and deploy in your on-premises environment, choosing VMware Cloud on AWS means your business doesn’t need to modify or re-write business critical applications just to shift to the hybrid cloud model. This means less time re-architecting and managing new systems, and less costs for the future.

It also keeps shadow IT at bay as VMC acts as a central tool for your business to deploy, manage and consume VMware-based cloud services - and ensures one bill for both VMware software services and AWS Cloud infrastructure that your organisation is currently using.

Finally, VMC is advantageous for the budget for the simple fact that it gives your team familiar management and policy tools. VMware Cloud on AWS is the same toolset across both on premises and cloud-hosted workloads, so your business users can use VMware’s many management and policy tools (which they’re likely familiar with) for a unified, persistent workload deployment and management experience while moving onto the future-proof platform of AWS Cloud. You also get rid of extra training costs and free up your team for other opportunities.

 

Reason #2: Reduces data center footprint

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It’s safe to say many enterprises are looking to lessen their on-premises data center. Maintaining on-premises hardware is complex, expensive, and always ageing, after all.

Moving workloads to AWS Cloud allows businesses to lessen their on-premises data center footprint, but the barrier is, naturally, the challenging process of needing to re-architect legacy applications for compatibility and scalability, port databases over with best-of tools, converting and staff to train up. In short, reducing on-premise data center can be a daunting task.

VMware Cloud on AWS on AWS Cloud side-steps much of these growing pains. You can migrate business-critical applications with a familiar platform and toolset (VCenter, VMotion, VSphere), saving time on training while reducing any risks with your migrations to the cloud. 

VMC can significantly help reduce your overall data center footprint and migrate application workloads that may not yet be completely cloud-ready, as no re-architecting is necessary. It’s portability and flexibility is especially suited to businesses who need to migrate development and test workloads to production quickly and pain-free.

In short, you don’t need to re-architect applications, making the move much simpler and more attractive when it comes time to get your business leaders onboard with a move towards hybrid.

 

Reason #3: VMware Cloud on AWS offers low latency and simplifies operations

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Many companies require data reside on-premise in close proximity due to sensitive application servers which ruin latency, making migrating workloads to the cloud the traditional way a pain. 

VMware Cloud on AWS ensures you can migrate workloads to the cloud and take advantage of autoscaling, load balancing, Relational Database Service (RDS) and more cloud-native features without latency issues due to the way it is set up within the AWS Private Cloud (VPC). 

With your account linked to VPC, your business can have VMware workloads connected to your workloads in AWS within the same VPC, keeping latency WAN connection low. Business-critical applications don’t suffer from low latency, you can keep both on-prem and cloud resources close together, and you can leverage the broader services of the AWS platform with few, if any, drawbacks.

Long distance vMotion capabilities also means you can move any on-premise VM to and from VMware on AWS - and with in-built hybrid cloud extension, you can stretch existing subnets from on-premise servers to the cloud. This means you can migrate live VMs without having to change the IP address, and move them over up to 50% faster.

The best part? These features are all software-based, meaning there's no need for hardware to gain these benefits.

 

Reason #4: Cloud-native Disaster Recovery (DR)

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Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has many proven benefits over traditional DR solutions, namely in cost and effort. Installing, maintaining and managing physical servers in what is an entire secondary data center on-premises is expensive, complex and often unused.

You need hardware, networking, electricity, compliance checks, space, and staff all trained up and knowledgeable if the worst happens - otherwise you’re looking at extra costs for external.

VMware Cloud on AWS uses a four-node cluster to protect your VMware workloads, while providing the same test failover, failback, replication, protection and migration capabilities your staff are already used to with the on-premise version of VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM).

It’s also significantly cheaper than managing physical infrastructure in a secondary data center, and you can expand clusters in moments if you need it, paying for what you need right now. No more paying for peak capacity, or expensive physical hardware you might not need, while being protected with the broader Business Continuity (BC) and DR features that AWS Cloud offers.        

 

Reason #5: Cloud-native services for more future innovation opportunities

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An always overlooked benefit of using VMware on AWS Cloud as your entry-point into cloud services is it significantly frees up your team from previously time-consuming maintenance, deployment and management duties to drive more innovation opportunities with the availability of cloud services.

VMC allows you to bypass having to buy new hardware, re-architect apps or overhaul the way you operate with a much more simplified and unified toolset. It opens up the broader AWS Cloud platform and its advanced services to your business for increased scale, pay-for-what-you-use billing and automated provisioning for long-term gain.

 

VMWare on AWS Cloud: How To Get Started

With a constantly updated and transparent roadmap, WMware on AWS Cloud is constantly getting new features and capabilities that continue to make it a highly attractive migration service to the AWS Cloud.

VMC is recommended if your business is planning to transform with the public cloud and are seeking to reduce your data center footprint and leverage the broader services of the cloud with the most cost-effective option possible.

If you need help getting started, contact our team to learn more about VMware Cloud on AWS services for a free assessment on how it may be best-fit for your business case.