VMware Cloud on AWS: Improvements in scale to support larger customer deployment

Running a higher density of workloads in your SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS? Good news. You can now upsize your management appliances to ‘large’, giving you the ability to right-size to suit your environment. 


We are excited to announce the ability to support large Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) appliances on VMware Cloud on AWS. When deploying SDDC as part of day 0 operations, you can now choose the size of your management appliances – medium (default) or large. These management appliances include vCenter, NSX Manager and more..

Large SDDCs are ideal for addressing a larger density of workloads on the SDDC . A key benefit of deploying a large SDDC is that it supports enhanced network throughput on the NSX Edge appliance. We recommend large-sized deployments with more than 30 hosts or 3000 VMs, or if the resources (CPU or memory) are oversubscribed in the management cluster.

To deploy a large SDDC, simply select ‘Large’ in the SDDC appliance size dropdown when you’re creating a new SDDC on VMware Cloud, or leverage the same APIs for automated functionality. The remainder of the SDDC creation process is the same.



For additional details on the feature please refer to the documentation


To check if the deployment engine on the SDDC has successfully provisioned large SDDC management appliances, look in the settings as per the screenshot below.



For resource planning, medium management appliances require 34 vCPU and 116GB memory to run vCenter, NSX Manager and other management appliances. Large management appliances require 68 vCPU and 240GB memory.

You can use the VMC Sizer tool to plan out your deployment with the large SDDC option.


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About the Authors

Vish Kalsi

Vish Kalsi is a Senior Product Line Manager in the Cloud Platform Product team, focused on VMware Cloud on AWS. Vish has driven several product launches at VMware, working through the facets of technology and product integrations. Most recently, he led the partnership and release launches of VMware Cloud on AWS. Prior to VMware he has worked with Security and Networking industry leaders like F5 Networks, Nortel Networks and Bay Networks He also holds a Master degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University, USA

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