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GreenPages Is VMware Cloud on AWS Certified!


VMware recently released VMware Cloud on AWS and GreenPages is proud to announce a partnership with VMware to provide this service to clients.

Developed jointly by the two tech giants, VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated cloud offering delivering a highly scalable, secure, and innovative service that allows organizations to migrate and extend their on-premises VMware vSphere-based environments to the AWS Cloud running on Amazon’s bare metal infrastructure. VMware Cloud on AWS is ideal for enterprise IT infrastructure and operations organizations looking to migrate their on-premises vSphere-based workloads to the public cloud, consolidate and extend their data center capacities, and modernize their disaster recovery solutions.

Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation VMware Cloud on AWS provides the ability to run VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) software on the AWS Cloud, including VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter. With this service, IT teams can manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools. VMware Cloud on AWS delivers an infrastructure that is consistent and interoperable with your on-premises infrastructure, providing you the best environment to run hybrid vSphere workloads. Because the service runs on dedicated bare-metal AWS infrastructure, you can benefit from the scale, flexibility, and security of the AWS Cloud. In addition, the service provides secure, seamless, and high bandwidth connectivity to the broad range of AWS services to enhance and expand the value of applications you deploy to the VMware Cloud on AWS service.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about VMware Cloud on AWS

There are several great important benefits of using VMware Cloud on AWS.  First, it provides interoperable infrastructure and services between VMware-based datacenters to the cloud, which minimizes the complexity and risks of managing diverse environments. Basically, it allows you to take advantage of both VMware’s and AWS great tools. From an ROI standpoint, VMware Cloud on AWS helps reduce cost by allowing organizations to optimize the costs of operating a seamless hybrid IT environment.  With this service there is no hardware to deploy in your on-premises environment and no need to rewrite or modify applications to shift to a hybrid cloud model. You can use VMware’s management and policy tools across both on-premises and the VMware Cloud on AWS, so you have a unified experience.

From a security perspective, VMware Cloud on AWS is designed with multiple layers of protection. The service inherits all of the physical and network protections of the AWS infrastructure as well as the security capabilities built into vSphere, vSAN and NSX. All data transmitted between the customer site and the service can be encrypted via VPN and all data between the VMware Cloud on AWS and the customer SDDCs is also encrypted providing a secure environment. Plus, VMware Cloud on AWS is consistently monitored and regularly tested for security vulnerabilities allowing customers to have peace of mind when using this service.

Within GreenPages’ own HCDC practice, we have certified Implementation Experts for both Data Center (VCIX-DCV) and AWS Solutions Architect Professional (AWS-SAP), which is a great marriage of knowledge pertaining to VMware Cloud on AWS. If you have general questions on VMware Cloud on AWS or want to learn more about how our experts can assist you in understanding the service and how it can fit into your environment, then please feel free to reach out to your GreenPages resource for next steps!

Download this technical white paper on VMware Cloud on AWS

By Rob O'Shaughnessy, Director of Software Sales & Renewals


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Back in 2008 I still had a faceplate for my car radio, Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis was crushing the pop charts, and organic bean sprouted bread was something you’d find in the pet food aisle. It’s also the year Microsoft released Windows 2008 and SQL 2008, leaving a lasting impression like a tune you can’t get out of your head. For Windows Server 2008, it was the first Windows edition that allowed you to license for virtualization. If you recall, there used to be an Enterprise Edition of Windows 2008 that allowed for 4 VMs and if you needed 12 VMs you had to purchase 3 licenses. Datacenter provided unlimited VMs, and Standard edition both covered standalone and virtual machines.  At the time Microsoft was really making us work to understand the minutia of their licensing rules. Thank goodness Microsoft’s licensing has gotten a lot easier to understand (insert sarcasm.) Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 and SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 had a good run, and like all good things, including Leona Lewis’s career, it will be coming to an end. SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support (EOS) is July 9, 2019. Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 EOS is January 14, 2020.  Once Microsoft products go EOS, Microsoft offers ZERO support for the product, meaning they’ll no longer provide updates and patching. With no support, it would leave the product vulnerable to security threats because no fixes will be available to prevent infiltration. Security updates are mission critical. In 2016, 4.2 Billion records were stolen by hackers. Twenty percent of organizations lose customers during an attack and 30% of organizations lose revenue during an attach. Not fun!  It would be like if John Rambo retired and stopped drawing blood, which is a bad analogy because Rambo: Last Blood is being released in September. This begs that question, is this really the Last Blood? Probably not, however you can be certain the Microsoft’s “Last Blood” is actually happening. So what to do when your support goes away? Well you’ll need to think about modernizing and in this case adopting cloud. It’s a good time to seize EOS as an opportunity to transform with Microsoft’s latest technologies. A jump to Azure will allow you to migrate your Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure VM or Azure SQL Database. Customers who move 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) “as-is” will have access to Extended Security Updates for both SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for three years after the End of Support dates for free. Those that decide to move to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (PaaS) will have access to continuous security updates, as this is a fully managed solution. Or you could stay with on-premises licensing and upgrade to Windows 2019 or SQL Server 2017 by leveraging your Software Assurance benefits to modernize on-premises or on Azure (i.e. Azure Hybrid Benefit), to help reduce security risks and continue to get regular security updates. Regardless of what investment you decide to make, GreenPages can help right-size you for the future and ensure your data continues to be protected. To have further conversations about Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 and SQL 2008 and 2008 R2, please connect with your Account Executive or reach out to us!