VMware Cloud Offerings comparison & reviews

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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
  • + Customizable SDDC offering with flexible datacenter options.
  • + Bolt-on services such as OS patching of Virtual Machines
  • + Migration options and support avalable
  • + Implemented by approved VMware partner.
  • + Some 3rd party & IBM solutions supported.
  • + Full root access available.
Cons
  • - No root access.
  • - Minimum 3 hosts required at this time.
  • - Bandwidth charges apply
  • - Restricted permissions
  • - Multiple add-ons can be costly
  • - Long deployment times
  • - No host autoscaling.
  • - No automated remediation.
  • - 24 hour 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/
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Content Creator
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
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Offering Overview
VMware Cloud on AWS is a service offered and billed by VMware which includes a full SDDC, hosted within AWS regions
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.
Based on VMware Cloud Foundation and IBM Infrastruture, the service combines VMware vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a full SDDC cloud offering
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Maturity
GA August 2017
Solution is GA
Solution is GA as of October 2016
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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.
IAD, DFW, LON, ORD, SDY and HKG + custom datacenters
Worldwide
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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
Rackspace is one of the UK leaders in Cloud Services, established in 1999 with a full support portfolio and 3000+ dedicated hosting engineers
IBM have been offering cloud solutions since 2005. This solution was first to market and went GA in 2016
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Cloud Type
Private, hosted cloud
Private, hosted cloud
Private, hosted cloud
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Contract Periods
On-demand or 1 / 3 year subscription. 30 day single host proof of concept also available
Flexible contract options
Custom contracts are available. Typical monthly contracts are provided
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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)
Pricing is not public. Contact vendor directly
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)
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IaaS Contract
AWS
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VMware Contract
IBM
  Operational Model  
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Self / Managed Service
Day to day operatons are completed by the customer. Hardware and software patching and fault reslution is provided by VMware
Hardware and VMware components managed and serviced by Rackspace
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
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Cloud Access
Vendor portal integration for most actions is available
No Vendor portal integration
VMware portal is integrated into IBM Cloud portal to perform most actions
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VMware Management
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
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Deployment Time
A full SDDC is deployed within 1.5 hours
SDDC can be installed in a mutually agreed datacenter which will affect deployment times
SDDC deployment times are up to 24 hours
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Deployment Guidance
Fully automated deployment and expansion
Deploiyment is handled by Rackspace using VMware Cloud Foundation
Deploiyment is handled by IBM using VMware Cloud Foundation. Standard deployments are fully automated
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SSH Access (ESX Shell)
No root access
Limited permissions
Full root access is available
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Host Reboot
Yes however updates are managed by VMware as part of the contract.
IBM provide reboot options to the customer
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Support Options
Full hardware and VMware software support. Both provided by VMware as a single contact for support
Hardware and software support provided by Rackspace. Addditional support options also available
SDDC Hardware and Software fully supported by IBM
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Documentation & Community
9 out of 10.
The solution is fully documented, available in the public domain and has a very active community
7 out of 10
8/10 Most tasks are documented.
  Licensing  
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Licenses Provided
Licenses included
Licenses included
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BYOL
Own licenses can be traded in for discounts to the service pricing
No. Licenses must be purchased from Rackspace
Yes, BYOL is permitted
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Migration Options
Cross vCenter / Region vMotion through vSphere UI, PowerCLI or VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension. SRM with vSphere Replication also supported.
Migration options available via Rackspace Professional Services
HCX (Additional cost) Zerto, Cross vCenter vMotion and SRM with vSphere Replication are fully supported as options by IBM
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Service Options
Hardware and software fully supported by VMware directly
OS patching, administration and mopnitoring services available. Antivirus add-ons also available
Single Vendor for hardware and software
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  Automation  
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Automation Level
Fully automated deployment
Deployed by Rackspace, Not fully automated
Deployment is mostly automated
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Deployment Time
Full SDDC approx 1.5 hours. Additional hosts approx 10 minutes
Deployment requires engagement with vendor which impacts deployment time
Full SDDC up to 24 hours. Additional hosts approx 1 hour
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Deployment Guidance
Simple guided deployment and "Hands on Lab" available for full detail.
Vendor assisted deployment
Guided deployment
  Automation VMware  
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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
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vCenter Management
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
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vSAN
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
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NSX
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
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vRA
vRA not automatically deployed
vRA not automatically deployed
vRA not automatically deployed
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HICX
HCX available at no additional cost
HCX options available at additional costs
  Automation 3rd Party  
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Backup
SRM available. 3rd party partner solutions for backup also available
Backup & DR options offered via "bolt-on" services
Veeam and Zerto options available during deployment
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DR
SRM deployed, installed and configured (Add on)
Backup & DR options offered via "bolt-on" services
Zerto and Veeam (Add on) available during deployment. SRM with vSphere Replication also available.
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Other?
All officially supported 3rd party solutions available here: https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/solutions#technology-solutions
3rd party options can be integrated provided they will operate within restricted permission set.
IBM and 3rd party integration options are available
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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
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Max host count
32 Hosts per cluster
Maximum hosts unknown
32 hosts per cluster
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Multi-Cluster
Yes and multiple SDDCs supported
Maximum clusters unknown
Max 5 clusters per site
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