VMware Cloud Foundation dramatically simplifies the path to hybrid cloud adoption by delivering a common platform for private and public clouds. It enables a consistent operational experience and the ability to quickly and easily move workloads at scale across clouds without rearchitecting applications, leveraging VMware HCX.
For simplified management, VMware Cloud Foundation, you 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. This provides centralized visibility of the on-premises SDDC infrastructure and workloads along with the SDDC infrastructure and workloads running in the VMC on AWS instance.
Leveraigng Cloud Management with VMware Aria Automation (formerly vRealize Automation), you can develop a centralized IT self-service catalog for the business to consume that is sourced from on-premises and public cloud infrastructure services. vRealize Automation has integration not just with VMware Cloud Foundation based public cloud services but also other native clouds such as AWS EC2 and Microsoft Azure. This allows IT teams to determine which clouds make the most sense to source the catalog services their business can consume using self-service.
For example, when a user requests a new Windows operating system based virtual machine, IT can determine if it is more valuable to automatically deploy that VM in the public cloud on a VMC on AWS service or deploy on premises in the VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail private cloud. The public cloud integration 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 areas of hybrid cloud operations include the workload mobility capabilities available through HCX, which allows customers to perform online VM migrations to VMware powered public clouds nondisruptively. This function allows customers to vMotion their virtual machines to the public cloud and back to on premises.