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Pros
  • + Implemented by approved VMware partner.
  • + Some 3rd party & IBM solutions supported.
  • + Full root access available.
  • + Full bare-metal SDDC deployed within approx 1.5 hours.
  • + Hardware hosted by leading cloud provider (AWS)
  • + Full self-service
  • + Customizable SDDC offering with flexible datacenter options.
  • + Bolt-on services such as OS patching of Virtual Machines
  • + Migration options and support avalable
Cons
  • - No host autoscaling.
  • - No automated remediation.
  • - 24 hour deployment times.
  • - No root access.
  • - Minimum 3 hosts required at this time.
  • - Bandwidth charges apply
  • - Restricted permissions
  • - Multiple add-ons can be costly
  • - Long deployment times
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  Content  
Demo Site
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Yes, demo site available: https://www.ibm.com/cloud/garage/demo/try-vmware-solutions/
Yes, via VMware Hands on Labs link: http://www.vmware.com/go/try-vmc-aws-hol?src=af_5b3151915643d&cid=70134000001YUWE
Content Creator
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WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
WhatMatrix Contributor: Graham Barker
Offering Overview
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Based on VMware Cloud Foundation and IBM Infrastruture, the service combines VMware vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a full SDDC cloud offering
VMware Cloud on AWS is a service offered and billed by VMware which includes a full SDDC, hosted within AWS regions
Rackspace offer a feature rich VMware cloud solution which can be located within their datacenters or within a co-located datacenter. Their solution extends from the VMware suite right down into the application layer if required.
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  Assessment  
Maturity
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Solution is GA as of October 2016
GA August 2017
Solution is GA
Global Availability
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Worldwide
AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region, AWS US East (N. Virginia) region, AWS US West (Oregon) region, AWS EU (London) region and AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region.
IAD, DFW, LON, ORD, SDY and HKG + custom datacenters
  Asseessment  
Cloud Provider
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IBM have been offering cloud solutions since 2005. This solution was first to market and went GA in 2016
AWS & VMware are well established and leaders in their respective fields. The entier solution is over 1 year old but built on tried and tested software and hardware
Rackspace is one of the UK leaders in Cloud Services, established in 1999 with a full support portfolio and 3000+ dedicated hosting engineers
Cloud Type
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Private, hosted cloud
Private, hosted cloud
Private, hosted cloud
  Commercial  
Contract Periods
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Custom contracts are available. Typical monthly contracts are provided
On-demand or 1 / 3 year subscription. 30 day single host proof of concept also available
Flexible contract options
Solution Pricing
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On demand starts at $3.71 per host per hour. A minimum of 3 hosts is required for production use. This price includes licensing costs (Varying host sizes available)
On-demand starts at $8.3681 per host per hour. A minimum of 3 hosts is required for production use. This price includes licensing costs. (Varying host sizes available)
Pricing is not public. Contact vendor directly
  Contractual relationship  
IaaS Contract
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AWS
VMware Contract
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IBM
  Operational Model  
Self / Managed Service
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Day to day operatons are completed by the customer. Hardware, software patching and fault resolution is provided by IBM. Fully managed services available from IBM also
Day to day operatons are completed by the customer. Hardware and software patching and fault reslution is provided by VMware
Hardware and VMware components managed and serviced by Rackspace
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  Management  
Cloud Access
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VMware portal is integrated into IBM Cloud portal to perform most actions
Vendor portal integration for most actions is available
No Vendor portal integration
VMware Management
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Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
Native VMware Client(s) + APIs
  Deployment  
Deployment Time
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SDDC deployment times are up to 24 hours
A full SDDC is deployed within 1.5 hours
SDDC can be installed in a mutually agreed datacenter which will affect deployment times
Deployment Guidance
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Deploiyment is handled by IBM using VMware Cloud Foundation. Standard deployments are fully automated
Fully automated deployment and expansion
Deploiyment is handled by Rackspace using VMware Cloud Foundation
  Level of Access  
SSH Access (ESX Shell)
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Full root access is available
No root access
Limited permissions
Host Reboot
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IBM provide reboot options to the customer
Yes however updates are managed by VMware as part of the contract.
  Support  
Support Options
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SDDC Hardware and Software fully supported by IBM
Full hardware and VMware software support. Both provided by VMware as a single contact for support
Hardware and software support provided by Rackspace. Addditional support options also available
Documentation & Community
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8/10 Most tasks are documented.
9 out of 10.
The solution is fully documented, available in the public domain and has a very active community
7 out of 10
  Licensing  
Licenses Provided
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Licenses included
Licenses included
BYOL
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Yes, BYOL is permitted
Own licenses can be traded in for discounts to the service pricing
No. Licenses must be purchased from Rackspace
  Migration  
Migration Options
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HCX (Additional cost) Zerto, Cross vCenter vMotion and SRM with vSphere Replication are fully supported as options by IBM
Cross vCenter / Region vMotion through vSphere UI, PowerCLI or VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension. SRM with vSphere Replication also supported.
Migration options available via Rackspace Professional Services
  Services  
Service Options
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Single Vendor for hardware and software
Hardware and software fully supported by VMware directly
OS patching, administration and mopnitoring services available. Antivirus add-ons also available
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  Automation  
Automation Level
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Deployment is mostly automated
Fully automated deployment
Deployed by Rackspace, Not fully automated
Deployment Time
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Full SDDC up to 24 hours. Additional hosts approx 1 hour
Full SDDC approx 1.5 hours. Additional hosts approx 10 minutes
Deployment requires engagement with vendor which impacts deployment time
Deployment Guidance
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Guided deployment
Simple guided deployment and "Hands on Lab" available for full detail.
Vendor assisted deployment
  Automation VMware  
Hypervisor
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Hypervisors deployed, installed and configured automatically by vendor
Hypervisors deployed, installed and configured automatically by vendor
Hypervisors deployed, installed and configured automatically by vendor
vCenter Management
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vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vCenter is deployed with SSO enabled
vSAN
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vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
vSAN deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX
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NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
NSX deployed, installed and configured automatically
vRA
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vRA not automatically deployed
vRA not automatically deployed
vRA not automatically deployed
HICX
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HCX options available at additional costs
HCX available at no additional cost
  Automation 3rd Party  
Backup
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Veeam and Zerto options available during deployment
SRM available. 3rd party partner solutions for backup also available
Backup & DR options offered via "bolt-on" services
DR
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Zerto and Veeam (Add on) available during deployment. SRM with vSphere Replication also available.
SRM deployed, installed and configured (Add on)
Backup & DR options offered via "bolt-on" services
Other?
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IBM and 3rd party integration options are available
All officially supported 3rd party solutions available here: https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/solutions#technology-solutions
3rd party options can be integrated provided they will operate within restricted permission set.
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  Scalability  
Min host count
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A minimum of 4 hosts is recommended however 2 and 3 host clusters are possible
3 hosts for production or 1 host for 30 day "proof of concept"
Max host count
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32 hosts per cluster
32 Hosts per cluster
Maximum hosts unknown
Multi-Cluster
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Max 5 clusters per site
Yes and multiple SDDCs supported
Maximum clusters unknown
Multi-Site
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Multi site is available. Stretched vSAN clusters are also available (Not yet fully automated)
Yes, multiple availability zones possible with stretched vSAN clusters
Multi-site options unknown
  Flexibility  
Add Host
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Yes, automated after manual selection. No current DRS automation for adding new hosts
Adding hosts is fully automated. DRS rules can automatically add new hosts.
Yes, automation options unknown
Remove Host
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Yes, hosts can be removed
Removal of hosts is fully automated
Removal of hosts is possible. Automation level is unknown
Autoscale
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No autoscaling at this time
Yes, adding hosts can be automatically added based on criteria
No autoscaling at this time
  Compute  
Host Size
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Variable hosts sizes available including highly configurable options
Standard I3.metal and newer R5.Metal instances
  Storage  
Storage Options other
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DR add-on available (Zerto / Veeam / SRM)
DR add-on available via SRM and verified 3rd partiy solutions
Backup and DR options available
  Networking  
Speed & Separation
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NIOC available. Low latency networking into AWS via ENA
SDN
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NSX included with solution
  Security & Access  
Security Model
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VLAN, RBAC, NSX options included.
VLAN, RBAC, NSX, Data at Rest Encryption
VLAN, RBAC, NSX options included
Public Access / Ipsec
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Yes. For security purposes a VPN is required
Yes. For security purposes a VPN is required
Yes. For security purposes a VPN is required
Private Access / MPLS
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Yes, via Leased Line
Yes