What is VMware Cloud on AWS?


AWS is a market leader in the public cloud market.  Many new companies have launched businesses on the platform, and a number of traditional companies have adopted a new way of bringing products and services to market.


At the most basic level, VMware Cloud on AWS is simply dedicated hardware, inside an AWS data center, running VMware’s Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) platform.  With software defined compute, storage, and networking, the platform is designed to look and function in the same way as the datacenter virtualization used in most modern data centers. The proximity of the traditional virtual infrastructure to native AWS services provides access to additional cloud based services within the same data center.





Business Continuity


In healthcare environments, ensuring consistent access to critical data is necessary for the patient experience.  It would be highly detrimental if a patient arrived for a scheduled medical procedure and it could not take place because the records were not accessible.  Not only is this a major inconvenience, but often times it can impact quality of life and quality of care. Business continuity best practices recommend multiple copies of data across locations.  With healthcare costs continuing to increase, additional data centers may not be the most effective solution. Co-location facilities might be an option, but still require managing the underlying infrastructure, and ongoing maintenance.


VMware Cloud on AWS provides a standardized platform for healthcare IT to deliver highly resilient applications with minimal effort or investment.  Using VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) software, applications can be replicated to and from the VMware Cloud on AWS environment, enabling both cold and warm business continuity sites.  Because healthcare IT is responsible only for the virtual machine (VM) layer and above, less time is required for infrastructure maintenance. All the best features of SRM are available including automated failover, simulated testing, and per VM Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) as low as 5 minutes.



Extending the data center


Most healthcare IT organizations will never move fully to the cloud.  By properly classifying applications, and understanding the interdependencies, a subset of applications can be identified as candidates for running in a public cloud environment.  This can free up valuable resources within the data center itself to expand existing systems, or move off legacy platforms. For short term and temporary workloads, this also provides a simple way to increase capacity without the need for hardware requisition and setup and configuration of infrastructure.


Because VMware Cloud on AWS is using the same technology as most healthcare data centers, expanding applications into the cloud is as simple as vMotion from the on-premises system to a cloud based data center.  As the needs change, capacity can be increased and workloads can move to the appropriate locations. As applications are retired or archived, cloud based capacity becomes available for additional growth or migrating other applications which do not need to physically exist in the core datacenters.  VMware Cloud on AWS effectively becomes an extension of the healthcare data center.



Yes, we are HIPAA compliant.


Recently, the VMware team announced a number of new compliance certifications including a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.  This now means that VMware Cloud on AWS can meet the most demanding healthcare compliance needs, offering healthcare providers more opportunities to create the best possible patient experiences.




VMware Cloud on AWS provides a soft landing for the health care hybrid cloud.  By finding the appropriate use cases, costs can be deferred and patient experiences improved by putting the right resources in the right place.