As we move into a world where businesses expect a dynamic and responsive IT environment, hybrid cloud is increasingly being seen as the answer.  Customers that need consistency, comprehensive visibility and ease of management and operations across their on-premises and public cloud environments are evaluating VMware Cloud on AWS to become part of their Hybrid Cloud solution. We have recently refreshed the VMware Cloud on AWS Evaluation Guide to help customers step through the features, functionality and configuration options for this very purpose.

The detail within the VMware Cloud on AWS Evaluation Guide will help you though the initial configuration of your cloud hosted SDDC, optionally linking it to your on-premises vSphere environment, and even configuring disaster recovery. You’ll learn about how to create software defined networks, integrate AWS functions into your hybrid cloud and much, much more.

To use the guide, it’s simply a matter of heading over to the VMware Cloud on AWS site and selecting the “Get Started” button. Choose from one of the different selections for number of hosts, but for the evaluation, any of them will work fine. Once you’ve signed in, just open up the Evaluation Guide and follow along as we step you through the processes and use cases that will accelerate your journey to the Hybrid Cloud.


Some of the solutions require linking VMware Could on AWS to your on-premises infrastructure, such as Hybrid Linked Mode and Disaster Recovery to the Cloud. Specifically, you would need vSphere 6.0u3 or later running vCenter Server and at least one ESXi host.   However, if you just want to explore how to use VMware Cloud on AWS stand-alone with the AWS functions, that detail is provided as well.

You can find more details on the Features, Use Cases, and the extensive FAQ all on the VMware Cloud on AWS site.  You can also find technical documents, such as this the Evaluation Guide along with guides on operations, running applications, and performance, on the VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Articles page.  You can also get an introduction to working with this service by trying the free Hands-On Lab for VMware Cloud on AWS.

This is a guest post from Nick Marshall, a Senior Integration Architect at VMware. He is the author of the Mastering VMware vSphere books, blogs at and can be found on Twitter @NickMarshall9

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