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VMware Cloud on AWS Base Reference Architecture for Managed Service Providers

Reference Architecture

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand cloud service that enables you to run applications consistently across VMware vSphere-based cloud environments across AWS’s global infrastructure with additional access to a broad range of native AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service integrates vSphere, vSAN and NSX along with VMware vCenter management, and is optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. With this service, IT teams can manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools and processes wherever they are running.

With the recent release of VMware Cloud on AWS through the Managed Service Provider program, MSP’s can now add the cloud service to their portfolio and offer it to their end-customers with advanced consulting and managed services to help accelerate successful adoption of the platform.

The reference architecture represents a base on which to offer VMware Cloud on AWS as part of your broader VMware Cloud Provider Platform services and your end-customers on-premises datacenter environments. The solution leverages IPsec VPN connectivity for both management and compute layers but could easily be adapted to leverage L2 VPN connectivity or direct-connect where required.

Offering VMware Cloud on AWS through the MSP program gives both the cloud provider and their end-customers additional choice, flexibility, geographical coverage, elastic scalability in a pay as you go model. This, coupled with the advanced services available from native AWS makes VMware Cloud on AWS a fantastic choice to expand your managed services portfolio.

Integrating in to cloud provider platform hosted vDC’s

The Cloud Provider Platform is the core cloud services platform that the cloud provider offers to their end-customers to consume compute, containers, networking, security, storage, applications, disaster recovery, backup and recovery etc.

The CPP platform is based on the same technologies as VMware Cloud on AWS (vSphere, NSX and vSAN) with the addition of vCloud Director for multi-tenancy. With vCloud Director each Virtual Datacenter is connected to an edge gateway for north / south network routing and advanced networking services. The cloud provider can connect the end-customers edge services gateway to the VMware Cloud on AWS’s compute gateway over either layer 2 (L2 VPN) or layer 3 (IPsec VPN). In the reference architecture we have leveraged layer 3 (IPsec VPN) for simplicity.

Integrating in to managed on-premises

The on-premises environment simply needs to be running VMware vSphere and have access to a VPN termination point. The VPN termination point can either be something that exists in the end-customer’s environment or we can leverage the NSX standalone edge device to provide VPN services.

To support advanced features such as hybrid linked mode the on-premises vSphere version would need to be at vSphere 6.0 Update 3 patch c and later.

Building professional services portfolio

Once the cloud provider has a reference topology of how you are going to connect your customers in to their newly provisioned VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC’s you can start to think about what professional services you would like to deliver to accelerate your customers on-boarding and success leveraging the cloud service.

Here are a few examples:

  • Connectivity and readiness – which is helping your customers connect their networking in to the target environment leveraging their existing investments.
  • Architecture and design – supporting your customers in architecting their cloud deployments to maximize their business impact.
  • Develop, deploy and build – support your customers in enhancing their development lifecycles, environments management, build processes, application modernization etc.
  • Plan and migrate – support your customers on-boarding workloads to the new VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC environments.

Building managed services portfolio

A key differentiator of working with a cloud provider is being able to take advantage of their advanced managed services portfolio, which can now be extended across VMware Cloud on AWS.

Here are a few examples:

  • Application support – as well as providing the support for the VMware Cloud on AWS environment, the MSP can offer advanced support and SLA’s across their customers applications.
  • Patching and lifecycle – support customers with lifecycle of applications.
  • Proactive reporting – plug service in to existing OSS and BSS systems to offer advanced capacity and performance reports.
  • Operate and optimize – support the customer by operating the whole environment for them and optimizing for cost and performance.

Architecting for the core MSP use-cases

VMware Cloud on AWS is a unique cloud service that enables many use-cases that meet many of your customers business drivers, from existing applications through to a new cloud native applications.

Here are a few example use-cases that you can help your customers architect as part of their cloud adoption business drivers:

  • Application migrations
  • Geographic expansion
  • Vertical extension
  • Disaster recovery
  • Elastic scalability
  • Application development
  • Application modernization

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To get started with VMware Cloud on AWS please visit https://cloud.vmware.com or contact your VMware partner business manager to discuss how you could add this managed service to your portfolio.