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VMware and AWS: A Match Made in the Cloud


As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. Perhaps, VMware had this mindset when it partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS). After attempting to take on cloud computing themselves, and not being as successful as planned, they turned to the pros. Let’s break down what this perfect match is all about.

VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) takes the concepts of virtualization, such as abstraction, pooling, and automation, to the level of data centers, implementing these resources and services on a larger scale.

AWS has grown into a reputable and secure cloud services platform that offers a wide variety of functionalities to help businesses scale and grow using virtualized components, including compute power, database storage, content delivery, and other services.

By combining SDDC with AWS, VMware and Amazon have engaged ludicrous speed on the virtualization throttle, giving users access to AWS features including, but not limited to, Amazon’s data warehouse solution, Redshift, and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).

The ability to leverage the full power of the SDDC while running applications across VMware’s vSphere in both public and private cloud environments opens up a world of possibilities for all users.

Everything you know and love about VMware will be available, alongside the high-powered tools of AWS, right at your fingertips. This integration of technologies is going to result in a host of benefits for the user. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits:

  • The reliability, security, and availability you know and love about virtualization, but in the cloud.
  • No need to fix what isn’t broken. Utilizing vCenter services, you can control all your VMware Cloud resources on AWS.
  • This partnership is certified and supported by VMware, giving you peace of mind.
  • Using AWS services such as database, storage, and analytics will enable your virtual machines to find new solutions at a higher efficiency.
  • The combination of virtualization reliability and cloud portability means constant usability.
  • Your environment will always stay up to date.

Why VMware Cloud on AWS is Important to You

It’s an ever-evolving world, but that’s no reason to be scared. Virtualization blasting off to the cloud is an amazing opportunity to not only improve yourself as a DevOps pro but also to take advantage of new and exciting career opportunities.

Becoming proficient in VMware Cloud on AWS has the potential to open doors as a solutions architect, service management professional, and many other jobs that use the tools of both VMware and AWS.

IT systems and services are only effective if they are properly aligned — and positively impacting the business. Otherwise, it’s both time and money wasted. Regardless of your job title, getting the know-how on VMware Cloud on AWS is going to be important as this technology matures. Luckily, VMware recently started offering a certification for Cloud Management and Automation to get you on your way to success!

VMware Cloud on AWS is still a short ways off, although beta versions are available upon request. Stay tuned as we learn more about this exciting new development in virtualization!

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