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Pros
  • + Full bare-metal SDDC deployed within approx 1.5 hours.
  • + Hardware hosted by leading cloud provider (AWS)
  • + Full self-service
  • + Implemented by approved VMware partner.
  • + Some 3rd party & IBM solutions supported.
  • + Full root access available.
  • + Customizable SDDC offering with flexible datacenter options.
  • + Bolt-on services such as OS patching of Virtual Machines
  • + Migration options and support avalable
Cons
  • - No root access.
  • - Minimum 3 hosts required at this time.
  • - Bandwidth charges apply
  • - No host autoscaling.
  • - No automated remediation.
  • - 24 hour deployment times.
  • - Restricted permissions
  • - Multiple add-ons can be costly
  • - Long deployment times
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Demo Site
Yes, via VMware Hands on Labs link: http://www.vmware.com/go/try-vmc-aws-hol?src=af_5b3151915643d&cid=70134000001YUWE
Yes, demo site available: https://www.ibm.com/cloud/garage/demo/try-vmware-solutions/
No public demo site
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WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
Offering Overview
VMware Cloud on AWS is a service offered and billed by VMware which includes a full SDDC, hosted within AWS regions
Based on VMware Cloud Foundation and IBM Infrastruture, the service combines VMware vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a full SDDC cloud offering
Rackspace offer a feature rich VMware cloud solution which can be located within their datacenters or within a co-located datacenter. Their solution extends from the VMware suite right down into the application layer if required.
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Assessment
Maturity
GA August 2017
Solution is GA as of October 2016
Solution is GA
Global Availability
AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, AWS US East (N. Virginia) region, AWS US West (Oregon) region, AWS EU (London) region and AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region.
Worldwide
IAD, DFW, LON, ORD, SDY and HKG + custom datacenters
Asseessment
Cloud Provider
AWS & VMware are well established and leaders in their respective fields. The entier solution is over 1 year old but built on tried and tested software and hardware
IBM have been offering cloud solutions since 2005. This solution was first to market and went GA in 2016
Rackspace is one of the UK leaders in Cloud Services, established in 1999 with a full support portfolio and 3000+ dedicated hosting engineers
Cloud Type
Private, hosted cloud
Private, hosted cloud
Private, hosted cloud
Commercial
Contract Periods
On-demand or 1 / 3 year subscription. 30 day single host proof of concept also available
Custom contracts are available. Typical monthly contracts are provided
Flexible contract options
Solution Pricing
On-demand starts at $8.3681 per host per hour. A minimum of 3 hosts is required for production use. This price includes licensing costs. (Varying host sizes available)
On demand starts at $3.71 per host per hour. A minimum of 3 hosts is required for production use. This price includes licensing costs (Varying host sizes available)
Pricing is not public. Contact vendor directly
Contractual relationship
IaaS Contract
AWS
VMware Contract
IBM
Operational Model
Self / Managed Service
Day to day operatons are completed by the customer. Hardware and software patching and fault reslution is provided by VMware
Day to day operatons are completed by the customer. Hardware, software patching and fault resolution is provided by IBM. Fully managed services available from IBM also
Hardware and VMware components managed and serviced by Rackspace
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Management
Cloud Access
Vendor portal integration for most actions is available
VMware portal is integrated into IBM Cloud portal to perform most actions
No Vendor portal integration
VMware Management
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Deployment
Deployment Time
A full SDDC is deployed within 1.5 hours
SDDC deployment times are up to 24 hours
SDDC can be installed in a mutually agreed datacenter which will affect deployment times
Deployment Guidance
Fully automated deployment and expansion
Deploiyment is handled by IBM using VMware Cloud Foundation. Standard deployments are fully automated
Deploiyment is handled by Rackspace using VMware Cloud Foundation
Level of Access
SSH Access (ESX Shell)
No root access
Full root access is available
Limited permissions
Host Reboot
Yes however updates are managed by VMware as part of the contract.
IBM provide reboot options to the customer
Rackspace assisted
Support
Support Options
Full hardware and VMware software support. Both provided by VMware as a single contact for support
SDDC Hardware and Software fully supported by IBM
Hardware and software support provided by Rackspace. Addditional support options also available
Documentation & Community
9 out of 10.
The solution is fully documented, available in the public domain and has a very active community
8/10 Most tasks are documented.
7 out of 10
Licensing
Licenses Provided
Licenses included
Licenses included
BYOL
Own licenses can be traded in for discounts to the service pricing
Yes, BYOL is permitted
No. Licenses must be purchased from Rackspace
Migration
Migration Options
Cross vCenter / Region vMotion through vSphere UI, PowerCLI or VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension. SRM with vSphere Replication also supported.
HCX (Additional cost) Zerto, Cross vCenter vMotion and SRM with vSphere Replication are fully supported as options by IBM
Migration options available via Rackspace Professional Services
Services
Service Options
Hardware and software fully supported by VMware directly
Single Vendor for hardware and software
OS patching, administration and mopnitoring services available. Antivirus add-ons also available
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Automation
Automation Level
Fully automated deployment
Deployment is mostly automated
Deployed by Rackspace, Not fully automated
Deployment Time
Full SDDC approx 1.5 hours. Additional hosts approx 10 minutes
Full SDDC up to 24 hours. Additional hosts approx 1 hour
Deployment requires engagement with vendor which impacts deployment time
Deployment Guidance
Simple guided deployment and "Hands on Lab" available for full detail.
Guided deployment
Vendor assisted deployment
Automation VMware
Hypervisor
Hypervisors deployed, installed and configured automatically by vendor
Hypervisors deployed, installed and configured automatically by vendor
Hypervisors deployed, installed and configured automatically by vendor
vCenter Management
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vSAN
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
vRA
vRA not automatically deployed
vRA not automatically deployed
vRA not automatically deployed
HICX
HCX available at no additional cost
HCX options available at additional costs
HCX options unknown
Automation 3rd Party
Backup
SRM available. 3rd party partner solutions for backup also available
Veeam and Zerto options available during deployment
Backup & DR options offered via "bolt-on" services
DR
SRM deployed, installed and configured (Add on)
Zerto and Veeam (Add on) available during deployment. SRM with vSphere Replication also available.
Backup & DR options offered via "bolt-on" services
Other?
All officially supported 3rd party solutions available here: https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/solutions#technology-solutions
IBM and 3rd party integration options are available
3rd party options can be integrated provided they will operate within restricted permission set.
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Scalability
Min host count
3 hosts for production or 1 host for 30 day "proof of concept"
A minimum of 4 hosts is recommended however 2 and 3 host clusters are possible
Max host count
32 Hosts per cluster
32 hosts per cluster
Maximum hosts unknown
Multi-Cluster
Yes and multiple SDDCs supported
Max 5 clusters per site
Maximum clusters unknown
Multi-Site
Yes, multiple availability zones possible with stretched vSAN clusters
Multi site is available. Stretched vSAN clusters are also available (Not yet fully automated)
Multi-site options unknown
Flexibility
Add Host
Adding hosts is fully automated. DRS rules can automatically add new hosts.
Yes, automated after manual selection. No current DRS automation for adding new hosts
Yes, automation options unknown
Remove Host
Removal of hosts is fully automated
Yes, hosts can be removed
Removal of hosts is possible. Automation level is unknown
Autoscale
Yes, adding hosts can be automatically added based on criteria
No autoscaling at this time
No autoscaling at this time
Compute
Host Size
Standard I3.metal and newer R5.Metal instances
Variable hosts sizes available including highly configurable options
Storage
Storage Options other
DR add-on available via SRM and verified 3rd partiy solutions
DR add-on available (Zerto / Veeam / SRM)
Backup and DR options available
Networking
Speed & Separation
NIOC available. Low latency networking into AWS via ENA
SDN
NSX included with solution
Security & Access
Security Model
VLAN, RBAC, NSX, Data at Rest Encryption
VLAN, RBAC, NSX options included.
VLAN, RBAC, NSX options included
Public Access / Ipsec
Yes. For security purposes a VPN is required
Yes. For security purposes a VPN is required
Yes. For security purposes a VPN is required
Private Access / MPLS
Yes
Yes, via Leased Line
Yes, via Leased Line
Traffic Separation (host)
NIOC (Network IO Control)
NIOC (Network IO Control)
NIOC (Network IO Control)
Muli-Tenancy
Not officially supported at this time
Not officially supported at this time