In October of 2016, VMware and Amazon Web Services made the formal announcement to combine services from the world’s leading private cloud and public cloud providers. The announcement provided a high-level overview of how the two forces would meet and work together to jointly engineer a solution. Just shy of a year later, the VMware Cloud on AWS service was announced for general availability by Pat Gelsinger at VMworld 2017 US. The announcement has generated quite a bit of excitement and here are 4 reasons why.
Since VMware and AWS co-engineered this solution, their engineering teams spent a lot of time thinking about how to deliver the best experience for consumers across the board. As it turns out, that vision includes being able to leverage native AWS services, by exposing them directly to the VMware SDDC via a new type of Elastic Network Interface. During the provisioning of a new VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC stack, the Elastic Network Interface is automatically provisioned and directly terminated into the customers AWS VPC. This means direct network access from VMware Cloud on AWS to native AWS services.
So why is this a big deal? The possibilities here will be endless! Picture doing things like direct backups to S3 buckets, building elastic load balancers with auto-scaled front-end web services to directly front end your applications, or directly uploading data to Amazon RedShift for data warehousing and analytics. All, while not incurring any additional bandwidth charges for any traffic traversing the Elastic Network Interface.
ABOUT JONATHAN LOZADA
Jonathan Lozada is a Senior Data Center Engineer based out of Central Florida. He is an expert in all things Data Center. Just to prove it—he is a VMware Certified Professional in Data Center Virtualization, Desktop & Mobility, and Network Virtualization. Jonathan is also a Cisco Certified Network Professional, Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist, Data Center & Unified Computing. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, and barbecuing. Want to learn more? Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn.