This section describes how to set up VDI on DTCP using VMware Horizon 7.
VMware Horizon 7 can be deployed on both VMware Cloud on AWS and traditional on-premises infrastructure using VxRail appliances to scale Horizon 7 desktops and applications on an elastic cloud platform.
In this architecture, the various components of the hybrid cloud infrastructure will be described. The on-premise infrastructure, also known as DTCP, in this case leverages VxRail appliances running Cloud Foundation. VMware Cloud on AWS enables you to create VMware vSphere SDDCs on AWS. These SDDCs include VMware vCenter Server for virtual machine (VM) management, VMware vSAN for storage, and VMware NSX for networking.
You can connect your on-premises SDDC with your cloud SDDC and manage both from a single VMware vSphere Web Client interface. Using your connected AWS account, you can also access additional AWS services such as EC2 and S3 from VMs in your VMC on AWS SDDC.
For more information, see the VMware Cloud on AWS documentation.
The following figure provides a design overview:
After you have deployed an SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS, deploy Horizon 7 in that cloud environment as you would in an on-premises vSphere environment. VMware Cloud on AWS is a service and therefore VMware handles all infrastructure-related maintenance items such as SDDC software patches and updates. There is no requirement to purchase new hardware and you can use the pay-as-you-go option for hourly billing on VMware Cloud on AWS.
Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) is a Horizon 7 feature that allows you to scale your Horizon 7 deployment across multiple pods and sites for federated management. You can deploy Horizon 7 in a hybrid cloud environment when you use CPA to interconnect on-premises data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS data centers.
Note: A single pod and the connection servers that it houses must be located within a single data center and cannot span locations. Multiple locations must have their own separate pods. These pods can be managed individually or interconnected using CPA. Because the Horizon 7 architecture is the same for both on-premises and in VMware Cloud on AWS, the deployment and management experience remains the same across on-premises sites and in the cloud. When using multiple data centers, you must use a storage replication mechanism (such as DFS-R in a hub-spoke topology) for replicating user data or one of the mechanisms native to the Dell EMC Unity or Isilon storage systems.
Additionally, Dell Technologies and Faction have partnered to create a multi-cloud portfolio. Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services powered by Faction enables you to connect file and block storage, consumed as a service, directly to a public cloud, including VMC on AWS. These file and block storage systems include Dell EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerMax, and Dell EMC Isilon. Cloud Control Volumes (CCVs) connect at low latency and high speed to the ESXi hosts in VMware Cloud on AWS and allow for flexible, unstructured data topologies between on-premises sites and the cloud.