VMware Cloud on AWS – What makes it different? What's the goal?

 

VMware announced a VMware Cloud on AWS solution (still as a Technology Preview). I want to examine what this means, as some aspects are similar to what’s already available, and the implications of the new parts.

The ability to run VMware Cloud off-premises isn’t new, and VMware itself has a vCloud Air offering, and a vCloud Air Network provided by its partners.  We also saw a preview of VMware Cross-Cloud architecture at VMworld that offers services across multiple clouds.

Therefore, let’s look at key areas of an VMware Cloud on AWS offering and dissect them one by one to see where alternatives exist and where there may be unique benefits in the long term.

Topics: cloud Amazon AWS VMware Cloud Cloud Platforms & Services

Hybrid Clouds and Cybersecurity Front and Center at AWS re:Invent

The contrast of the DJ music pumping out bass lines and drum beats over hits from the 70s was quite apropos for the mix of hipster and middle age attendees at last week’s AWS re:Invent where the word of the week was hybrid. This year’s AWS re:Invent show had a decidedly different feel to it, one of enterprise IT. AWS holds an enviable position as the leading provider of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing services where they are Coke and we’re still waiting for Pepsi to show up. With that ground staked out, AWS is now clearly intent on being a major IT brand and that means embracing hybrid clouds and putting security front and center. 

Topics: Cybersecurity hybrid cloud re:Invent Amazon AWS

On the Lookout for These Three at AWS re:Invent 2015

Wait! AWS re:Invent is next week? Thankfully Amazon did not opt for the December date being bandied about and chose a date early in the quarter to avoid travelling around the holidays. And how this event has grown. When I first attended in 2013, attendance had doubled from 2012 to 6,000 and then did more than a 2X jump last year with 13,000 cloudies in attendance. But what do attendance numbers have to do with security? It’s a proxy of cloud adoption and the types of customers getting their agile on and, as such, is an indicator that enterprises transitioning at least some of their workloads to AWS require hybrid security solutions.

Topics: re:Invent Amazon AWS

Will Amazon's Cloud Youth Movement Prove Fleeting?

In 399 BC the Greek philosopher, Socrates, was accused of corrupting the Athenian youth with his “dangerous” ideas. For this offense he was compelled to drink a death cup of hemlock. Likewise, Amazon’s infectious influence with IT professionals 35 and under may leave traditional vendors of IT yearning to administer a similiar poison pill to Jeff Bezos. 

Topics: Cloud Computing Networking Amazon AWS

Amazon and SaaS are winning IT hearts and minds

Amazon Web Services (AWS) seems to be winning more than just IaaS business lately, they seem to also be winning the hearts and minds of the client base they serve. What’s more, these Amazon devotees aren't just limited to newer, “Internet age” companies; they also seem to be making serious inroads with older, more traditional corporations as well. As evidence, ESG conducted a recent survey of existing AWS clients and found that nearly 80% of those Amazon customers that have been in business between 1-10 years and 10-50 years, cite Amazon as either their most strategic technology vendor or one of their most strategic vendors. Even some percentage of older and more established companies (i.e., those 50 years old and up) that otherwise might be considered more conservative and risk averse, identify Amazon as either a strategic partner or valued technology partner.

Topics: Cloud Computing SaaS cloud service provider Amazon AWS

Another look at the Amazon AWS Storage Gateway

Yesterday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of its AWS Storage Gateway, which acts as an iSCSI target, delivered as a virtual appliance. On-premise servers can connect to the iSCSI device and store their data locally, with snapshots being stored in the Amazon S3 cloud-storage environment.

Topics: Data Protection Information and Risk Management Amazon Jason Buffington disaster recovery cloud storage Amazon Web Services Amazon AWS Public Cloud Service