An introduction to VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

This post is part of a series of posting on the VMworld 2013 announcements. See this post for an overview of what has been announced.

At VMworld 2013 VMware announced the General Availability of it’s own operated Public Infrastructure as a Service named vCloud Hybrid Service or vCHS. The IaaS service is built on VMware solutions like vSphere and the vCloud Suite components. Big difference with other IaaS providers is that vCHS is targeted at enterprise applications. Those applications do not scale and often use technology which is not supported in public clouds of Windows Azure and Amazon AWS. Those clouds are suited for scale out applications in which the failure of a single VM does not have an impact on the availability of the application.

The vCloud Hybrid Service Data Center is located in the US at the moment.  New data centers are expected to be added a part of a phased-rollout program across the globe.

vCloud Hybrid Service will be soled direct, via channel partners, via vCHS franchise partners and via VMWare Service Providers

The image below shows the VMware operated datacenters (4 in the US) and Savvis operated datacenters.

vchs-locations

As vCHS is built on the same hypervisors as many organizations are using in their private infrastructure it is very easy to move workloads from on-premise to vCHS or back. It offers support for many guest operating systems. In fact it supports more Microsoft operating systems running in the VM than Windows Azure.

vCHS offers two types of resources:

  • Dedicated Cloud offers CPU and memory which is physicaly separated from other tenants. Network and Storage are logically isolated. It has 12, 24, and 36 month capacity contract terms
  •  Virtual Private Cloud offers resurces which are logically isolated from other tenants. So on the same server VMs of multiple tenants are active.

services available will be:

  • Direct Connect: Will allow customers to connect their data center network directly to vCloud Hybrid Service over private
    dedicated networks, providing secure, consistent, high bandwidth connectivity.
  •  Disaster Recovery as a Service: Will automatically replicate applications and data to vCloud Hybrid Service, providing
    rapid automated recovery in the event of an outage. Customers can securely and automatically protect their applications
    with vCloud Hybrid Service for a fraction of the cost of building out additional physical data center capacity.
  • Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service: Will provide full support for the open source Cloud Foundry distribution and
    Pivotal™ CF™. Cloud Foundry allows customers to avoid the complexity o-af rrcehitecting of applications to make them
    run well on public clouds, and avoids lock-in to proprietary cloud APIs.
  • VMware Horizon View™ Deskto-pas-a-Service: Customers will be able to run Horizon View Desktops on vCloud Hybrid
    Service, and rapidly deploy new desktops without the expense and effort of procuring and managing physical hardware.

Direct Connect will be available in October with a list price of $75 per port per month for a 1GB connection and $250 per port per month for a 10GB connection.

Disaster Recovery as a service will be available in beta in Q4.

Cloud Foundry support will be available in Q4.

Horizon View Desktop-as-a-service will be available in beta in Q4.IPSec VPN’s connections between on-premise datacenters and vHS can be installed via self service.

Virtual machines can be moved to the vCHS datacenter using the vcloud Connector software over a VPN connection. For large data there is a possibility to ship the data using external media,

Charged are usage of compute, support, storage, bandwidth and usage of public IPs.

Also offline data tranfers using external media are charged.

No additional costs are for firewalls, VPN, load balancers, disk I/O, redundancy + HA,, DHCP and NAT

vCloud Hybrid Service is going to compete with two gorilla’s in public cloud computing: Amazon and Microsoft Azure.

Lets compare some prices. I admit comparing pricing between cloud providers is very easily comparing apples to oranges. There are so many cost aspects.

Azure locally redundant storage costs between $0,07 per GB and $0,062 per Gb depending on the amount of storage in use. The more storage in use, the lower the price will be.

VMware vCHS storage costs between $0,13 and $ 0,17 per GB per month.

Compute for a private virtual cloud (shared CPU/memory/networking/storage) costs $ 0,04 per GB including 5 Ghz in vCHS

In Azure, when a Linux VM is run, costs are $ 0,022 per GB including 8 x 1.6GHz CPU

Also Azure charges per minute while VMware charges per hour.

Here is the Pressrelease on vCHS

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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