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What I’m Reading: VMworld Edition

The two most interesting pieces of news from VMworld were actually related to Amazon: VMware is going to support NSX-T on Amazon, and Amazon is going to support RDS on VMware. These two topics were covered in three blog articles from ActualTech Media:

I will only be summarizing these blogs here, so make sure to read the blogs themselves if you’d like more detail.

Scott D. Lowe (@otherscottlowe) talked about the software defined networking product, NSX, and its new cousin NSX-T. (The “T” apparently stands for Transformers.) Both NSX and NSX-T can run on VMware, but NSX-T can also run elsewhere. It can work with OpenStack, containers, Kubernetes, etc.

Scott mentions in his blog that he believes this is the key to a multi-cloud environment in a VMware world (A software-defined networking tool to connect AWS and VMware certainly seems to fit the bill.) NSX-T Data çenter 2.3 can become the connective tissue between AWS and VMware. For example, it supports micro-segmentation, which allows greater network isolation and significantly enhances security, which would be very helpful in a multi-cloud world.

Also fitting the bill is James D. Green’s article about Amazon’s announcement that they are supporting RDS on VMware. RDS is Amazon’s relational database service that offers a centralized way to provision, manage, and backup relational databases such as MySQL, PostgresSQL, and SQL Server. RDS will soon run inside VMware, which will give users a significant increase in functionality for databases within VMware.

As I mentioned when I covered this announcement a few days ago, it’s going to be interesting to see where the control plane is. Will customers manage RDS via vCenter or Amazon? I will be anxiously awaiting more details on this announcement.

But James’s comment is spot on: this makes VMware and Amazon a two-way street. A year ago we heard about VMware cloud on AWS (VMC), which allows customers to run VMware as a service within AWS. Now AWS customers can run an AWS service inside VMware.

With VMC, AWS can get revenue from customers that otherwise might not have used it. VMware can offer customers a cloud option that leaves it as part of the equation. RDS on VMware adds significant functionality to VMware environments, giving VMware a competitive advantage over Hyper-V. And Amazon makes it much easier for VMware customers to migrate databases into AWS – potentially running them without VMware. It will be very interesting to see how this all unfolds.

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