Three-Part VMworld 2017 Debrief: Part 1

How the Latest Iteration of the VMware-AWS Partnership Affects Your Business
Erik Rudin

This post is part of a 3-part series recapping VMworld 2017. Read part 2 and part 3.


This three-part series provides reactions from VMworld 2017. Our first topic is the latest announcement of the AWS and VMware partnership.

VMware Strategy Evolution

VMware has the mindshare to know how customers interact with their technology. This led to the decision to enhance their Hybrid IT strategy, which they formally announced at VMworld 2017. Instead of competing with hyper scale cloud providers, they’ve recognized the opportunity of moving further up the stack and offering joint value-added services. These include security, software-defined networking, and data analytics that sit on top of these platforms. To make this evolution complete, they needed to create a seamless experience for existing customers.

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Enter the new VMware-AWS integration and the ability to do workload management in a largescale hybrid environment. You can now provision a VMware workload into AWS through a native VMware pathway. That is, at its core, the concept of hybrid—using the same pathway, orchestration, and configuration for your current on-prem data center or AWS. And this hybrid strategy is paying off as VMware posted revenue of $1.90 billion, up 12.2% for the year.

The Market Focus Today Is All About Ease of Migration

The hybrid cloud structure will be a key focus for the next six months. And you, as a customer, have more power through your existing VMware software. You can decide which cloud environment offers the best performance and services to run your workloads. VMware recognized AWS’s speed of innovation and technology acceleration which could be leveraged by existing customers. Rather than compete head-to-head with AWS, they are executing on a partner first model.

So, what does this all mean for your business? I sat down with our internal AWS expert, Maureen Cannon, to identify three best practices for cloud workload management.

Best Practice 1: Install a Hybrid IT Monitoring Solution to Achieve Cost Savings

A comprehensive monitoring platform that integrates VMware and AWS can drive significant cost savings. This gives you the ability to rightsize your environment based on visibility into workload characteristics. You will identify problems faster through consolidated and correlated information, and use a centralized drill down approach to reduce Mean Time To Repair (MTTR). Finally, you minimize the amount of human error and time supporting a complex, hybrid environment by using automated discovery and collection policies. Let your monitoring platform handle operations so your staff can work on higher priority items.

Best Practice 2: Plan How to Discover Your Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Virtual machines/services are often forgotten when they aren’t used or stranded when a particular application or workload is no longer used. However, you cannot forget that you are still charged for it. Having an easy way to tell what you have, where it is, who owns it, and what it is costing you is the best way to ensure efficiency. This is achieved by having a comprehensive discovery engine across both VMware and AWS environments so no workload goes unnoticed. This model is one method of combating Shadow IT situations in the enterprise.

Best Practice 3: Retrain Staff to Maximize the Potential of the Platform

The final piece in bringing together AWS and VMware is People. There is a widespread skill shortage because technology is moving faster than traditional learning models. You might have an existing workforce that uses VMware, but they do not understand AWS fully. If they are not exposed to the right information, your operations may be at higher risk of service issues. With this latest incarnation of the VMware-AWS partnership, a key focus has been on customer and partner education and enablement. It’s recommended you emphasize a coaching model where skilled engineers with both AWS and VMware expertise train your operations teams. Continued education of this new hybrid approach will improve your overall business productivity.

How ScienceLogic’s Hybrid Strategy Aligns with This Partnership

ScienceLogic uses a hybrid approach to visualize workloads regardless of location and cloud platform. We use an API-driven model to discover both VMware-powered data centers and AWS cloud services in a single operations platform. Learn more about how ScienceLogic’s platform helps you manage hybrid cloud resources in a scalable and automated way.

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