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Amazon Opens On-Ramp For VMware Workloads
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christhegator
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christhegator,
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6/8/2014 | 6:39:09 PM
Getting closer to the promised land
I think the promise of the cloud (public and private) has always been the ability to deploy workloads in the best environment possible. Deploying a workload to get the right performance, availability and cost for that particular workload. Not all workloads are created equal nor do all workloads need the same performance and availability. Just as not all workloads are created equal neither are all cloud environments (for example a private cloud supported by VMware in your local data center vs a public cloud provider such as AWS). 

So that is why I find this announcement so exciting. We are getting closer to the world where someone can move a workload effortlessly between cloud environments. While Chris @ VMware makes sme excellent points in his blog article I think he misses a a few key pieces. 

Rather outline my thoughts in a long comment  I'll leave a link to another blog article that I think touches on my thoughts, presents a reasonable take on the AWS Management Portal on vCenter, and adds a few extra ideas that should be considered.

http://blog.sciencelogic.com/tie-the-knot-between-vcenter-and-aws/06/2014
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/6/2014 | 7:21:40 AM
Re: I'm curious
Right, I don't see VMWare dying but if they lose enough customers it is going to slow down development.  We waited a long time for VM hypervisors and management tools to be good enough that they could be considered enterprise ready.  I just hate to see jabs like this take the steam out of their sails.   I'm quite happy with VMWare and I get calls from Microsoft regularly letting me know how much better HyperV has become.  That kind of competition drives innovation but it doesn't seem like VMWare sees Amazon in the same competitive light, it looks a little more like sniping customers without competing directly.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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6/5/2014 | 5:03:00 PM
Re: I'm curious
I think your fear is justified. It's typical of incumbents to armor up. I don't think it will necessarily drive VMware out of business, though. They've achieved Cisco-like market share in the enterprise, along with all things that make incumbents sticky (running business-critical production apps, certifications for admins, lots of third-party integrations, etc.)

That said, if Amazon ever decides it wants a bigger piece of the enterprise market, it could start selling its own hypervisor as licensed software. It doesn't have to kill VMware, but it could make a serious dent, especially if it rolled it out as a hybrid-ready option, and focused on features like cloud-based BC/DR.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/5/2014 | 7:39:16 AM
Re: I'm curious
I hope VMWare sees it this way.  My biggest fear with them is that they will tighten down out of fear.  There have been a few tech companies who did this and died.  Other hypervisors are out there and looking better with every release so if VMWare decides to back themselves into a corner they are going to lose market share quickly.
John Lauro
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John Lauro,
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6/4/2014 | 9:49:14 PM
Instance mismatch
How does it handle instance mismatch?  For example if you have one instances of a 32GB VM with 1 CPU and another with 4GB VM with 8 CPU you want to migrate? 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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6/4/2014 | 5:18:21 PM
Hybrid cloud,, however you like it
Some customers will want the hybrid cloud as engineered by VMware. Others would be happy to see an outcome like the one pictured by Drew, even if Amazon is a mere "seller of books," as VMware's Carl Eschenbach once described it.
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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6/4/2014 | 1:51:08 PM
Re: I'm curious
I'll bet VMware isn't thrilled about this because I'm sure they'd prefer to control the customer on the private and hybrid side. But I think VMware should run with this. Instead of investing resources trying to bottle up customers, make a solution that's really easy to use with third-party public clouds and I bet you'll end up with more, and happier, VMware folks too.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/4/2014 | 7:38:03 AM
I'm curious
If I'm reading this right then I'm very interested in seeing how this might work and will be doing some research.  If I could push my private VMWare virtual machines out to Amazon as part of my DM strategy this might be an incredible win.  We are a hybrid cloud shop so I don't see our VMWare base going away but I do see using Amazon as a way to boost up time as being incredibly valuable.  As we grow I have been looking at shifting resources around our various locations to remove some choke points during a failure but depending on how transparent shuttling the images out to Amazon is this might be a solution to consider.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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6/3/2014 | 3:10:09 PM
Connecting from inside vCenter
The Amazon Connect portal appears as a tab in the vCenter management console and can be activated from there, I believe. Has anyone already used it?


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