Planning for VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS
We just recently announced our listing on the VMware Solution Exchange! Re-architecting for the public cloud has never been easy, but with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware customers now have an easier path to the public cloud.
With recent price drops, VMC-AWS becomes a very tempting option for existing VMware users. With matched technology stacks, you clone not only your VMs but also your operations into the cloud, making it a low-risk value proposition.
In our earlier series on AWS Migration blog series we talked about the three Ws enterprises need to consider: why, what and where. And there’s no reason why this one should be any different; any Cloud Migration should start with an Opportunity Evaluation. In the context of VMC on AWS, this means:
- Being able to accurately predict the TCO of running in VMC-AWS
- Being able to compare this to the other options available
Unlike other public IaaS clouds, pricing on VMC on AWS is coarse-grained; it is priced by the host – more like your on-prem datacenter or a hosting provider. This makes small incremental changes impractical – you can’t grow per-instance or per-service, unlike other IaaS clouds. Given this dynamic, it is even more important to get the sizing and pricing right during the Opportunity Evaluation phase
The on-premises datacenter is where Moore’s Law meets Parkinson’s Law – VMs keep growing in size and their volume mysteriously expands to fill all available resources. With 100% matched technology stacks between your datacenter to VMC-AWS, the temptation to “take it all with you” is high; after all it is the lowest risk option. This has obvious pricing implications, which must be traded off against the risk as part of the Opportunity Analysis
Our HyperCloud Analytics product supports VMC-AWS to allow you to answer these questions. With HyperCloud Analytics, you get:
- One Click Discovery from the system of record (vCenter)
- Comprehensive Migration Analysis which sizes and prices your VMC-AWS estate
- The ability to easily run Optimization Analytics on your estate to reduce VMC-AWS cost, and compare these to other public clouds and build a comprehensive TCO analysis
We will elaborate on each of these in subsequent posts in this series.