Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is a comprehensive VMware-validated Private Cloud in Azure that enables customers to run VMWare workloads natively on Azure and leverage Azure’s high-performing elastic infrastructure and provides low-latency access to other native Azure services.
The new solution is entirely designed, built, and supported by Microsoft, and endorsed by VMware. It allows organisations to run VMware-based workloads natively in the Microsoft Azure public cloud. Migrating VMware workloads to the cloud is much easier with this tool, as it uses the same VMware tools such as VMware vSphere and vCenter many across IT are likely familiar with, and it helps you modernise your business-critical applications with zero compatibility issues.
AVS: A Brief Overview
AVS is based on a software-defined framework providing virtualised compute, networking, storage, and management capabilities. AVS provides you with VMware-based private clouds built on dedicated bare-metal Azure infrastructure. The minimum initial deployment is three hosts, but additional hosts can be added one at a time, up to a maximum of sixteen hosts per cluster. All provisioned private clouds have vCenter Server, vSAN, vSphere, and NSX-T.
AVS can be deployed into existing Azure subscriptions, and provides tight integration with Azure native services. This enables Azure users to leverage existing VMware tools and technologies on the global Microsoft Azure infrastructure, yet benefit from low-latency access to Azure services. This provides customers with a rapid migration path to Azure , letting you migrate or extend existing VMware workloads to Azure directly from your on-premises environment. You can easily build and run applications on-premises or in Azure, with familiar VMware tools and processes.
AVS allows customers to manage and secure applications across VMware environments and Microsoft Azure with a consistent operating framework. Seamless integration with Azure services provides the ability to develop and modernize cloud capabilities over time.
The diagram shows the integration of AVS into Azure and the access paths to native Azure services and on-premises environments. Network access from private clouds to Azure services or VNets provides SLA-driven integration of Azure service endpoints. ExpressRoute connects your on-premises environment to your Azure VMware Solution private cloud.
The evolving Microsoft-VMware Partnership
Businesses with existing on-premises VMware workloads that are looking to move to the Microsoft Azure cloud can benefit from new deep integrations that the migration process faster and easier than previously possible. AVS opens up the broader services of the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, such as Azure Active Directory (Identity), Azure Security Vault (Security), Azure SQL, Azure Data Services (Data Analytics), and Data Warehousing, helping you future-proof environments and capabilities while freeing IT to focus on other key digital innovation opportunities in the future. More importantly, it can also transform legacy applications over time rather than via complex re-architecting of entire applications, which carries significant costs and risks.
If your business has a strategy that includes leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure and you’re an existing VMware customer, or even if you are imply interested in learning more about AVS , MOQdigital can provide some resources to help you make a decision on your Azure/VMware journey. Our free upcoming webinar will provide some insights on AVS, including an in depth overview, tips on how to maximise your current VMware investments, and how to avoid on-premises datacentre infrastructure. Register today to secure your spot!