VMware Cloud Foundation dramatically simplifies the path to hybrid cloud by delivering a common platform for private and public clouds, enabling a consistent operational experience and the ability to quickly and easily move workloads at scale across clouds without re-architecting applications, leveraging VMware HCX.
In Figure 35 below, we see an example of what hybrid cloud operations may look like when extending out your VCF on VxRail private cloud to the public cloud and taking advantage of the public cloud integrated features of VCF on VxRail.
The first is in the area of management. Here we can take advantage of Hybrid Cloud Linked Mode capabilities in vCenter to connect to a vCenter instance in a VMware powered public cloud such as VMC on AWS and have centralized visibility of your on prem SDDC Infrastructure and workloads along with the SDDC infrastructure and workloads running in your VMC on AWS instance.
The other area of management is related to Cloud Management with vRealize Automation. Here you can develop a centralized IT self-service catalog for the business to consume that is sourced from on prem and public cloud infrastructure services. vRA has integration not just with Cloud Foundation based public cloud services but also other native clouds such as AWS EC2, and Microsoft Azure as examples. This allows IT teams to determine which clouds make the most sense to source the catalog services their business can consume via self service.
As an example, when a user requests a new WindowsOS based Virtual Machine, IT could determine if it makes more business sense to have vRA automatically deploy that VM in the public cloud on a VMC on AWS service or deploy on prem in the VCF on VxRail private cloud. The public cloud integration of vRA makes businesses more agile and flexible to align the physical location of where a workload should run based on business needs all while still maintaining control and visibility.
The other area of hybrid cloud operations comes with the workload mobility capabilities available through HCX, which allows customers to perform online VM migrations to VMware powered public clouds non-disruptively. Essentially allowing you to vMotion your virtual machines to the public cloud and back. Providing workload mobility flexibility when then business requires it. Lets dive into this idea of migration and workload mobility.