Why VMware Cloud on AWS for My Hybrid Cloud Journey? We Have an Answer for You.

From the costs of re-architecting, to upskilling staff and managing incompatible environments, there was a time when adopting a hybrid cloud was a complicated endeavour. Read on to discover how VMware Cloud on AWS makes these challenges a thing of the past with simplified cloud migration, data center extension and disaster recovery.

As we talk to our customers about their hybrid cloud use cases, they mention that they would like to move to the cloud either completely or partially, but are concerned about the migration process. Will migration be smooth and seamless? Will there be any application downtime? Is there any risk involved? How long will the migration take? and so on.

Here are some of the typical challenges customers face while moving to cloud:

  • Need to re-architect or convert their existing on-premises applications
  • Different tools, skills and processes in the cloud, and a need to retrain staff to match these skills
  • Differences in operational models and inability to leverage established on-premises governance, security and operational policies
  • Lack of flexibility when strategically determining where to run their applications due to a lack of application portability and compatibility

In order to address these challenges, we came up with the VMware Cloud on AWS service around two years ago. This is a truly differentiated solution, jointly engineered by VMware and AWS engineering teams.

Here is how VMware Cloud on AWS helps you address the above mentioned challenges across the most common cloud migration use cases.

The top 3 use cases that we observe among range of customers across different industries are:

1. Cloud Migration

Migrate your existing on-premises applications and workloads to the cloud.

Typical Scenarios:

  • Application-specific migration: Customers want to move specific applications to the cloud due to specific business needs e.g. They want to move tier 2 and tier 3 applications to the cloud while keeping the majority of their tier 1 applications on-premises.
  • Data center wide evacuations: Customers want to consolidate data centers and move completely to the public cloud, may be because their co-location facility lease is about to expire or there is an executive mandate for cloud adoption.
  • Infrastructure refreshes: Customers are doing infrastructure refreshes (e.g. due to hardware end-of-life, infrastructure software upgrades etc.) and want to leverage the opportunity to move to the public cloud.

To learn more about how VMware Cloud on AWS resolves your cloud migration challenges and provides you the fastest path to cloud, check out this infographic.

2. Data Center Extension

Extend your on-premises data center to the cloud as per your business needs.

Typical Scenarios:

  • Footprint expansion: Customers have geographic capacity needs (such as data sovereignty rules or the need to be closer to their end users) and do not want to invest in building out a new data center.
  • Customers need capacity for new projects without having to invest in over-provisioning or building new capacity on-premises.
  • On-demand capacity: Customers have capacity constraints on-premises to handle seasonal spikes in demand.
  • Customers want to handle unplanned temporary capacity needs.
  • Test/Dev: Customers have a need to perform test and development activities in a cloud environment that is operationally similar to on-premises environments.

When customers consider extending their on-premises environment to the cloud and adopting a hybrid cloud path, they face many challenges, such as how to manage resources across both the environments and maintain consistent environment, how to perform consistent operations across hybrid cloud etc.

Check out this infographic to see how VMware Cloud on AWS helps you extend your environment to the cloud and accelerate your hybrid cloud journey.

3. Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery (DR), delivered as a service with VMware Cloud on AWS, provides on-demand site protection with native automated orchestration, failover and failback capabilities.

Typical scenarios:

  • New DR: Customers want to implement a DR solution for the first time.
  • Replace Existing DR: Customers want to reduce their secondary DR site costs by moving DR operations to the cloud or by modernizing existing DR solutions.
  • Complement Existing DR: Customers want to protect additional workloads with a cloud-based DR solution for specific applications.

In case of Disaster Recovery solution, customers want to reduce their CapEx costs by moving DR solution to the cloud. With VMware Site Recovery add-on running on VMware Cloud on AWS, you can protect your workloads on-demand with this Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service offering and save your DR costs. Check out this infographic to learn more about this solution.

Resources

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