As you migrate and expand your deployments on VMware Cloud on AWS, your network connectivity provides the foundational infrastructure for all workloads in your SDDCs. When you then scale across multiple SDDCs — which also need to network with several data centers and tens or even hundreds of VPCs — scaling network connectivity becomes a critical challenge.  

In this context, we’re excited to announce a number of new networking and security capabilities on VMware Cloud on AWS. 

  • SDDC Groups – a way to organize SDDCs together for ease of management
  • VMware Transit Connect –high bandwidth, resilient connectivity for SDDCs in an SDDC Group
  • Multi-Edge SDDCs – the ability to add network capacity for north-south traffic to the SDDC

Together, these new features enable seamless connectivity to your SDDCs from on-prem data centers and AWS VPCs while unlocking the capacity you need to efficiently drive your workloads in the cloud. 

Let’s take a closer look at each one. 

SDDC Groups 

SDDC Groups enable customers to manage multiple SDDCs as a single logical entity. This simplifies operations while maintaining the flexibility that customers rely on. SDDCs in a Group can be interconnected with VMware Transit Connect, and that lays the foundation for several future capabilities on VMware Cloud on AWS

SDDC Group Interconnect with VMware Transit Connect

With an SDDC Group, you can manage multiple SDDCs as a single logical entity.

VMware Transit Connect 

VMware Transit Connect provides high bandwidth, resilient connectivity to SDDCs in an SDDC Group. It operationalizes an AWS Transit Gateway as a VMware managed service for SDDC Groups with both automated provisioning and controls to interconnect SDDCs. VMware Transit Connect simplifies connectivity to AWS VPCs, as well as on-premises data centers over an AWS Direct Connect Gateway. With a centralized, yet highly available connectivity design, VMware Transit Connect scales easily as you add SDDCs, VPCs, and data centers to the Group. 

VMware Transit Connect is ideal for large and small deployments alike. Whether you’re starting your journey to cloud or already have a significant footprint on VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Transit Connect solves your connectivity needs while simplifying management at scale. Best of all, it positions you to take advantage of a number of future capabilities that we plan to introduce over time. 

VMware Transit Connect simplifies connectivity at scale 

Multi-Edge SDDC 

Multi-Edge SDDC enables you to add network capacity for north-south network traffic. With this capability, you can linearly scale bandwidth for migration and workload communication over VMware Transit Connect and Connected VPC. By dedicating compute capacity for network connectivity in the form of SDDC Edges, you can selectively steer certain traffic sets over individual SDDC Edges by using Traffic Groups. This feature, also referred to as Edge Scale Out, is available for Large SDDCs.  

Multi-Edge SDDC Communication over VMware Transit Connect

Multi-Edge SDDC adds network capacity for communication to the SDDC over VMware Transit Connect

Learn More  

VMWorld 2020 

  • What’s New in Networking and Security [HCP1258] 

Learn how to seamlessly connect, migrate, and expand your VMC environment with SDDC Grouping, VMware Transit Connect, and Multi-Edge. Then check out a customer success story – Cornerstone OnDemand’s journey to VMware Cloud on AWS. 

  • Networking Deep Dive and Emerging Capabilities [HCP 1255] 

Get a brief overview of SDDC connectivity design best practices for VPN, Direct Connect, and Connected VPC. Explore and demo the newly released capabilities of VMware Transit Connect and Multi-Edge SDDC. 

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