The benefits of moving workloads from your on-premises data center to a public cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) are well known. These benefits include reduced CapEx and an overall shift to more predictable OpEx spending, accelerated innovation and faster application deployment, and greatly improved scalability. Users of VMware Cloud products have the option of utilizing VMWare Cloud on AWS in order to extend, migrate, and protect their VMware environments to AWS for a seamless hybrid cloud environment. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a wide range of enterprise-grade capabilities, simple and consistent operations, and flexible consumption, all within the familiar VMware environment.
When faced with migrating workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS, IT operators that oversee BIG-IP deployments in their on-premises data centers—including workloads that are part of a VMware SDDC (software-defined data center) within those on-premises locations—might be concerned about losing the valuable application services they’ve come to count on from F5, or sacrificing all the hours already put into creating and maintaining applications, services, and configurations across a myriad of physical and virtual devices.
Such concerns are entirely unfounded.
F5 and VMware share a common vision that users should have access to their applications from any device, anywhere in the world, without compromising security and performance. We are committed to supporting digital workspaces that perform consistently, no matter where those workloads originate across various types of public, private, and hybrid cloud data center platforms. In addition, we provide all the tools to ensure you can easily and securely migrate your workloads from one platform to another.
Whether your VMware SDDC is on-premises or in VMware Cloud on AWS, you will still use vCenter to deploy and manage your apps; and whether on-premises or in VMware Cloud on AWS, you will still use the same BIG-IP solutions and can still leverage BIG-IQ Centralized Management as a central point of control and benefit from consistent policies and procedures across clouds.
Together, F5 and VMware solutions support a range of migration options (see Recommendations, below) and can help ensure all your critical configurations are safely migrated alongside your applications and data.
From the IT manager’s viewpoint, there is little to no difference in how your VMware SDDC workloads are managed on-premises versus in VMware Cloud on AWS. As Figure 1 shows:
- F5 protects your VMware workloads in both environments.
- BIG-IQ Centralized Management deploys and manages workloads in both environments.
- VMware vCenter deploys and manages your applications in both environments.
Additionally, BIG-IP can be utilized to create a VPN between your on-premises solutions and your new VMware Cloud on AWS deployment in order to securely migrate applications and workloads via SSL.