VMware on AWS comes to Australia

VMware has made its cloud based Software Defined Data Centre available on the AWS Sydney region, a year almost to the day since its launch in the US and almost two years after VMware and AWS announced plans to jointly develop the service.

VMware describes it as “a native, fully-managed offering that runs the VMware SDDC stack directly on bare-metal AWS infrastructure that maintains the elasticity and security customers have come to expect.” It comprises: vCenter, VMware’s VM management utility; vSphere, its virtualisation platform; vSAN, which pools together direct-attached storage devices across a VMware vSphere cluster; and NSX, the network virtualisation product.

The Sydney region is the first in Asia Pacific to get the service, which is presently available from AWS’s US east and west coast regions, London and Frankfurt. Availability in Tokyo is also planned.

Announcing the Sydney launch at a press briefing in Sydney, ahead of its launch today at VMworld in Las Vegas, Alister Dias, VP and MD, VMware ANZ, said VMware in the AWS Sydney region would also be available in New Zealand, and completed global coverage. He said the service would be sold, operated and supported by VMware.

“The customer will engage directly with VMware for the service level agreements, the commercials and also for support,” Dias said. “Behind the scenes we have a close working relationship and tight integration with AWS from an engineering perspective.”

For partners, he said there were two models: “There is one where they can sell the service to customers, supported by VMware, and we have a managed services program that allows them to wholesale the program as part of their offerings.”

Dias said the service had been available to all existing customers for the past few weeks and had been activated across all three availability zones in the AWS Sydney region.

First customer and partners

At the briefing VMware presented early customer ME Bank and two partners offering the service: New Zealand cloud services provider Revera and global managed cloud provider Rackspace.

Sunny Avdihodzic, general manager strategy and architecture at ME Bank, said most of the bank’s workloads were virtualised on-premises and VMware on AWS “presented a great opportunity to explore how we can provide additional scalability and flexibility to move faster.”

Keith Archibald, head of innovation for Revera, said VMware on AWS created an opportunity to help Revera’s customers develop the next generation of applications and interactions with their customers.

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