VMware – VMworld 2017 – STO3194BU – Protecting Virtual Machines in VMware Cloud on AWS

Disclaimer: I recently attended VMworld 2017 – US.  My flights were paid for by ActualTech Media, VMware provided me with a free pass to the conference and various bits of swag, and Tech Field Day picked up my hotel costs. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

Here are my rough notes from “STO3194BU – Protecting Virtual Machines in VMware Cloud on AWS”, presented by Brian Young and Anita Thomas. You can grab a PDF copy of my notes from here.

VMware on AWS Backup Overview

VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware is enabling the VADP backup partner ecosystem on VMC
  • Access to native AWS storage for backup target
  • Leverages high performance network between Virtual Private Clouds

You can read more about VMware Cloud on AWS here.

 

Backup Partner Strategy

VMware Certified – VMware provides highest level of product endorsement

  • Product certification with VMware Compatibility Guide Listing
  • Predictable Life Cycle Management
  • VMware maintains continuous testing of VAPD APIs on VMC releases

Customer Deployed – Same solution components for both on-premises and VMC deployments

  • Operational Consistency
  • Choice of backup methods – image-level, in-guest
  • Choice of backup targets – S3, EBS, EFS

Partner Supported – Partner provides primary support

  • Same support model as on-premises

 

VADP / ENI / Storage Targets

VADP

  • New VDDK supports both on-premises and VMC
  • VMware backup partners are updating existing products to use new VDDK to enable backup of VMC based VMs

Elastic Network Interface (ENI)

  • Provide access to high speed, low latency network between VMC and AWS Virtual Private Clouds
  • No ingress or egress charges within the same availability zone

Backup Storage Targets

  • EC2 based backup appliance – EBS and S3 storage
  • Direct to S3

 

Example Backup Topology

  • Some partners will support in-guest and image level backups direct to S3
  • Deduplicates, compresses and encrypts on EC2 backup appliance
  • Store or cache backups on EBS
  • Some partners will support vaulting older backups to S3

 

Summary

  • VADP based backup products for VMC are available now
  • Elastic Network Interface connection to native AWS services is available now
  • Dell EMC Data Protection Suite is the first VADP data protection product available on VMC
  • Additional VADP backup solutions will be available in the coming months

 

Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware Cloud on AWS

Data Protection Continuum – Where you need it, how you want it

Dell EMC Data Protection is a Launch Partner for VMware Cloud on AWS. Data Protection Suite protects VMs and enterprise workloads whether on-premises or in VMware Cloud

  • Same data protection policies
  • Leveraging best-in-class Data Domain Virtual Edition
  • AWS S3 integration for cost efficient data protection

 

Dell EMC Data Domain and DP Suite

Data Protection Suite

  • Protects across the continuum – replication, snapshot, backup and archive
  • Covers all consumption models
  • Broadest application and platform support
  • Tightest integration with Data Domain

Data Domain Virtual Edition

  • Deduplication ratios up to 55x
  • Supports on-premises and cloud
  • Data encryption at rest
  • Data Invulnerability Architecture – best-in-class reliability
  • Includes DD Boost, DD Replicator

 

Dell EMC Solution Highlights

Unified

  • Single solution for enterprise applications and virtual machines
  • Works across on-premises and cloud deployments

Efficient

  • Direct application backup to S3
  • Minimal compute costs in cloud
  • Storage-efficient: deduplication up to 55x to DD/VE

Scalable

  • Highly scalable solution using lightweight stateless proxies
  • Virtual synthetic full backups – lightning fast daily backups, faster restores
  • Uses CBT for faster VM-image backup and restore

 

Solution Detail

Backup of VMs and applications in VMC to a DD/VE or AWS S3. The solution supports

  • VM image backup and restore
  • In-guest backup and restore of applications using agents for consistency
  • Application direct to S3

 

ESG InstaGraphic

  • ESG Lab has confirmed that the efficiency of the Dell EMC architecture can be used to reduce monthly in-cloud data protection costs by 50% or more
  • ESG Research has confirmed that public cloud adoption is on the rise. More than 75% of IT organisations report they are using the public cloud and 41% are using it for production applications
  • There is a common misconception that an application, server, or data moved to the cloud is automatically backed up the same way it was on-premises
  • Architecture matters when choosing a public cloud data protection solution

Source – ESG White Paper – Cost-efficient Data Protection for Your Cloud – to be published.

 

Manage Backups Using a Familiar Interface

  • Consistent user experience in cloud and on-premises
  • Manage backups using familiar data protection UI
  • Extend data protection policies to cloud
  • Detailed reporting and monitoring

 

Software Defined Data Protection Policies

Dynamic Polices – Keeping up with VM data growth and smart policies

Supported Attributes

  • DS Clusters
  • Data Center
  • Tags
  • VMname
  • Data Store
  • VMfolder
  • VM resource group
  • vApp

 

Technology Preview

The Vision we are building towards (screenshot demos).

 

Further Reading

You can read more in Chad’s post on the solution. Dell EMC put out a press release that you can see here. There’s a blog post from Dell EMC that also provides some useful information. I found this to be a pretty useful overview of what’s available and what’s coming in the future. 4 stars.

VMware – VMworld 2017 – LHC3371BUC – VMware Cloud on AWS – The Painless Path to Hybrid Cloud

Disclaimer: I recently attended VMworld 2017 – US.  My flights were paid for by ActualTech Media, VMware provided me with a free pass to the conference and various bits of swag, and Tech Field Day picked up my hotel costs. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

Here are my rough notes from “LHC3371BUC – VMware Cloud on AWS – The Painless Path to Hybrid Cloud”, presented by Eric Hanselman (Chief Analyst, 451 Research) and Andy Reedy (Partner Solutions Architecture, AWS). You can grab a PDF or my notes here. Andy does the intro and then Eric takes the stage.

 

Infrastructure Change is Difficult

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein

Infrastructure change is difficult

  • … but necessary
  • Competitive pressures
  • Resource contraints
  • Business requirements

We need to be able to manage our environments. 451 Research did a survey on expected cloud uptake. The shift of workloads to cloud environments over the next 2 years is dramatic, from 41% overall today to 60% expected in 2 years. Off-premises workloads will also move from 35% to 52% in two years, and cloud providers will account for 76% of all cloud workloads.

 

Hybrid Momentum

  • 32% single cloud
  • 32% multi-cloud
  • 22% multi-cloud + (integrated on and off-premises environments)
  • 15% Hybrid – single business function distributed to multiple execution venues

There’s a lot of technical debt in the enterprise and while the promise of hybrid cloud is really attractive, getting there is difficult.

 

Strategies

  • Targeted
  • New workloads
  • Internal / external
  • DR / continuity
  • Test / dev
  • “Bursting” (This one isn’t terribly practical for a lot of enterprise applications)
  • Repatriation

 

An Opportunity

  • Integrated cloud management platforms – alliances that change the equation
  • Addressing risks – 3 Ts – transition, training, transformation
  • Facilitating change – Buying options at low cost

Test and development Use Case

 

Integrated management benefits

  • Common tool chains – reduced ops effort
  • Reduced error potential – single path, reduce brittleness

 

Performance Improvement

  • Getting closer to mobile users
  • Data sources on premises
  • Front ends to the cloud

 

Lifecycle management

  • Moving out of fixed cost infrastructure

What do customers want in hybrid?

  • Run workloads on-premises
  • Run workloads on the cloud
  • Tight integration
  • Without buying new hardware

 

The Challenge of Hybrid

  • Multiple machine formats
  • Incongruent networks
  • Operational inconsistency
  • Skillsets and tooling

The challenge is duplicate effort. <- This should be printed on t-shirts and given out with every conference backpack.

 

VMware Cloud on AWS

 

Account Structure

VMware Cloud SDDC Account

  • A new AWS account created to run a single customer’s SDDC resources
  • Is owned, operated, and paid for directly by VMware
  • Each account is a single tenant for all ESXi hosts

AWS Customer Owned Account

  • Is owned, operated, and paid for directly by the customer
  • Has private connectivity to the VMware Cloud SDDC
  • Has full access to the entire catalogue of native AWS services

 

Topology

Fully configured SDDC running on state of the art infrastructure provisioned on-demand in minutes / hours.

Latest Software

  • VCSA, ESXi, NSX, vSAN, HTML5 Client

Dynamic Capacity

  • DRS / HA Compute Cluster (Intel x86)
  • vSAN Storage Cluster (SSDs)
  • NSX Network Virtualisation (10Gbs+)

Flexible Topology

  • Standalone cloud cluster
  • Hybrid connectivity to on-premises
  • cloud to cloud connectivity

2 different networks – management gateway and compute gateway

 

Connectivity Options

 

Hybrid Use Cases

Consolidate + Migrate

  • DC contract for 12+ months
  • Depreciating assets
  • Long Migration is hybrid

Maintain + Expand

  • Geographic expansion
  • Capacity needs
  • Mainframe

 

Putting It All Together

  • AWS Physical Infrastructure – No dealing with power, cooling, physical security, cross-connects
  • VMware Lifecycle Management – Patching of ESXi, vCenter, NSX, vSAN. Provisioning / deprovisioning
  • Workload flexibility – seamlessly move workloads between on-site and VMware Cloud
  • Elasticity – Scale vSphere clusters up or down based on business demand
  • Cost – convert large capex expenditures to variable expense based on use
  • Expand globally – deploy new DCs through consoles / APIs, not Customs agents
  • AWS Services – 90+ cloud services such as RDS, Amazon Redshfit, S3, and Lambda

Interesting session, I need to dig deeper in terms of tech and business. 3.5 stars.