VMware Validated Design for VMware Cloud on AWS

While I was having a break at Disneyland with my family last week after VMworld 2019 US, I heard that the VMware Validated Design for VMware Cloud on AWS (VVD for VMC) was released. I’ve been working on this design for a while now, so I was really excited to hear that it made GA in the VMworld time frame. A big thanks to the rest of the VVD team who helped me get this out the door.

“What’s included?” I hear you ask.

Well, if you have the time, I’d encourage you to view the VMworld session HBI1516BU I presented with my good friend and colleague Ryan Johnson. We went into detail on not just the Hybrid Extension of the on-prem VVD, but also some Cloud Native SAAS integration too.

As I briefly mentioned, this design is a base for the Hybrid Cloud (data-center extension) use case. In the future we will be adding design considerations for other use cases such as, Backup & DR, Workload Migrations and Next-gen (cloud native) apps. At a high level, what we’ve designed is the extension of an existing on-prem VVD (or VCF) implementation. We added a VMC based site (Region-C) to provide an alternative (and off-prem) endpoint for workload deployments.

VVD for VMC Design Overview

Now it’s all well and good to be able to deploy workloads to a new environment, but we all know that environments need to be monitored and cared for. For this, we’ve extended both our existing on-prem vROps and Log Insight designs to account for the additional Region-C environment. Log into the existing on-prem vROps implementation and you will see not just your Region-A and Region-B on-prem environments, but also the off-prem VMware Cloud on AWS hosted infrastructure… all from the same console! Similarly, we’ve designed the on-prem vRLI implementation to take a copy of all the logs from each region. That way if there’s a site failure, logs can be viewed from a working site without the need to remediate the failure first, aka “non-duplicated, circular logging”.

vRLI Logging

All of this is built on the standard VMware Cloud on AWS offering. We start out with a 3-node VMC cluster, configure a management VPN, firewall, DNS resolution and then enable Hybrid Linked Mode using vCenter Cloud Gateway. Once the basics are done, the VVD will step you through how to monitor and manage your existing environment and use VMC as an end-point to deploy those workload VMs too, all from your on-prem tools.

You can find the VMware Validated Design for VMware Cloud on AWS at http://vmware.com/go/vvd-vmc.

 
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