Friday, 15 January 2021

Utilising AWS DataSync and AWS Cloud Native Storage to migrate file servers to support workloads running in VMware Cloud on AWS

Whilst working with customers on the technical aspects of migrating their applications from on-premises into VMware Cloud on AWS most often the topic of file servers comes up. If the customer currently has their file servers running as virtual machines on top of ESXi then it's very straight forward, they can use HCX to migrate the workload. Depending on the size of the file server the customer may not want to do this due to potentially increasing the host count of the cluster and instead use some native AWS storage services such as FSx, EFS or even S3. Another scenario I have come across is customers having physical file servers running on storage arrays such as NetApp etc. 

During my investigation, I can across AWS DataSync which automates and accelerates the moving of data from on-premises into AWS storage services as well as between AWS storage services.

As of writing this article, the following services/protocols are supported:
  • Amazon EFS file system (Source and Target)
  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server (Source and Target)
  • Amazon S3 (Source and Target)
  • Network File System (NFS) (Source Only)
  • Object storage (Source Only)
  • Server Message Block (SMB) (Source Only)
As an example, DataSync can be used to move data from an on-premises Windows file server into AWS FSx for Windows or from Amazon EFS into...

Thursday, 7 January 2021

VMware Cloud on AWS Online vExperience Days

Are you interested in some free technical on-demand VMware Cloud on AWS training videos? If so, then the EMEA Solution Architects team have produced nine videos to guide ranging from introducing you to the service all the way through to automation and cloud economics:

1. Introduction to VMware Cloud on AWS and Use Cases
2. Deploy Your First VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC
3. Accelerate Your Cloud Application Migration with VMware HCX
4. Protect Your Data, Minimize Downtime and Reduce Costs with Optimized Disaster Recovery
5. Create Hybrid Applications with VMware Cloud on AWS and Native AWS Services
6. Day-2 Operations: Managing Your VMware Cloud on AWS Platform
7. Deploy and Configure Your Entire VMware Cloud on AWS with Automation
8. Application Modernization with VMware Cloud on AWS and Kubernetes
9. Cloud Economics: What is it and How it Can Help You to Accelerate Your Journey to the Cloud

Click on the link below to register and get started. 

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