Vmware Workstation Advantages And Disadvantages

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WHAT IS VMWARE WORKSTATION

VMware Workstation is a line of Desktop Hypervisor products which let users run virtual machines, containers, and Kubernete clusters.

VMware Workstation is a virtual machine software that is used for x86 and x86-64 computers to run multiple operating systems over a single physical host computer. Each virtual machine can run a single instance of any operating system (Microsoft, Linux, etc.) simultaneously

VMware Workstation strongly supports hardware compatibility and works as a bridge between the host and virtual machine for all kinds of hardware resources including hard disks, USB devices and CD-ROMs. All device drivers are installed via the host machine.

VMware Workstation allows for the installation of multiple instances of different operating systems, including client and server operating systems. It helps the network or system administrators to check, test and verify the client server environment. Administrator can also switch between different virtual machines at same time.

VMware Workstation has its limitations, including hardware support, operating system issues, and network protocols hurdles.

VMware Cloud on AWS | Features

VMware Cloud on AWS provides dedicated, single-tenant cloud infrastructure with support for up to 16 host vSphere clusters, delivered on the next-generation bare metal AWS infrastructure based on the latest Amazon EC2 Storage Optimized high I/O instances and featuring low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) based SSDs. You can start from as few as 2 hosts per SDDC then scale the capacity in your clusters up to 16 hosts. VMware Cloud on AWS runs the VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) software stack directly on host servers without nested virtualization. You can move existing workloads between your existing VMware environment and VMware Cloud on AWS through cold migration, VM template migration, or even while a workloads are running through live migration (vMotion).

You can quickly create new VMware SDDC clusters on AWS Cloud through a web-based console or by utilizing a RESTful API. VMware manages and operates the service including VMware SDDC software components and the modern web-based console. VMware delivers service status with notifications, enterprise-grade 24×7 service support & site reliability operations, and support center with FAQs, forums & chat support. VMware delivers scheduled SDDC software updates and emergency software patches with notifications, and auto-remediation of hardware failures.

 

AWS Native Services Integration

Use private access to AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Redshift, AWS Direct Connect, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS WAF, and Elastic Load Balancing to enrich architectures and augment applications and services.

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Bare Metal Cloud Infrastructure

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VMware Cloud on AWS provides the VMware SDDC software stack to the highly scalable AWS Cloud, including vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vCenter Server. Configuration for production environment can range in size for the SDDC cluster depending on the host type that is selected.. You can deploy a fully configured VMware SDDC Cluster in under a few hours, and scale host capacity up and down in minutes.

Dedicated High Performance Networking

VMware Cloud on AWS provides separate, dedicated high performance networks for management and application traffic, connected through the VMware NSX networking platform, and provides support for networking multicasting. ESXi hosts are connected to an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) through Elastic Networking Adapter (ENA), which supports throughput up to 25 Gbps.

  • NSX and AWS Direct Connect Integration: Now generally available, NSX integrates with AWS Direct Connect for end-to-end private networking. This is ideal for customers with traffic-heavy workloads. This enables private and consistent connectivity between VMware workloads running on AWS and those running on-premises and also accelerates migration to cloud and enables multi-tier hybrid applications. Customers can now use AWS Direct Connect for all of their hybrid connectivity requirements.
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Disaster Recovery

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Disaster Recovery uses familiar VMware vSPhere and Site Recovery Manager technologies while leveraging cloud economics. You can replicate to VMware Cloud on AWS using VMware Site Recovery Manager to one or multiple Software-Defined Data Centers. VMware Site Recovery Manager can help you automate disaster recovery, meet your recovery point objectives (RPOs), and recovery time objectives (RTOs), as well as reduce operational errors. Disaster Recovery sites can be right-sized or scaled up when you need it and down when it is no longer required.

Flexible Storage Options

Each SDDC cluster utilizes an “all flash” vSAN storage solution built on NVMe instance storage. Each ESXi host has NVMe storage. You can manage your storage SLAs on a per-application basis through your existing Storage Policy-Based Management provided by vSphere. You can also take advantage of advanced data services, including Quality of Service, snapshots, erasure coding, and VMware APIs for third-party data protection (VADP).

Each SDDC cluster utilizes an “all flash” vSAN storage solution built on NVMe instance storage. Each ESXi host has NVMe storage. An initial 4 host cluster running vSAN provides 15.2 TB raw storage (roughly 21 TB usable capacity). You can manage your storage SLAs on a per-application basis through your existing Storage Policy-Based Management provided by vSphere. You can also take advantage of advanced data services, including Quality of Service, snapshots, erasure coding, and APIs for third-party data protection (vADP).
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Migrating Virtual Machines

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Migrate your virtual machines between your on-premises data center and another in your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. VMware Cloud on AWS supports different vSphere installations as well as a variety of tools and methods for hybrid migration including:

Hybrid Migration with VMware HCX
VMware HCX, a multi-cloud app mobility solution, is provided free to all SDDCs and facilitates migration of workload VMs from your on-premises data center to your SDDC.

Hybrid Migration with vMotion
Migration with vMotion, also known as hot migration or live migration, moves a powered-on VM from one host or datastore to another. Migration with vMotion is the best option for migrating small numbers of VMs without incurring any downtime.

Hybrid Cold Migration
Cold migration moves powered-off VMs from one host or datastore to another. Cold migration is a good option when you can tolerate some VM downtime during the migration process.

On-Demand Licensing

VMware Cloud on AWS supports custom-sized VMs, runs any OS supported by VMware, and makes use of single-tenant bare metal AWS infrastructure so that you can bring your Windows Server licenses to the AWS Cloud.

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Security and Compliance

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VMware Cloud on AWS lets you benefit from the AWS security-first approach, including IPSec VPN connectivity between your on-premises environment and VMware Cloud on AWS. You can utilize Network Address Translation (NAT) to establish connectivity for workloads running in your private subnet with VMware Cloud on AWS, and leverage network ACLs to control traffic to and from the subnet.

  • Micro-segmentation with NSX: Offers granular protection for each application workload, preventing the lateral spread of threats in cloud environments. This feature enables granular control over East-West traffic between application workloads running in the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. Security policies are dynamically enforced at the VM-level, preventing security threats from spreading across network.
  • vSAN encryption with AWS Key Management System (KMS):This enables encryption of data at rest with AWS’s managed service for creating and controlling the encryption keys. All data in VMware Cloud on AWS is encrypted at no additional cost.

In addtiion to many security capabilities, VMware Cloud on AWS also has been independently verified to comply with ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (type 1 and 2), SOC 2 (type 1 and 2), SOC 3, and HIPAA. Furthermore, VMware Cloud on AWS complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Each SDDC cluster utilizes an “all flash” vSAN storage solution built on NVMe instance storage. Each ESXi host has NVMe storage. An initial 4 host cluster running vSAN provides 15.2 TB raw storage (roughly 21 TB usable capacity). You can manage your storage SLAs on a per-application basis through your existing Storage Policy-Based Management provided by vSphere. You can also take advantage of advanced data services, including Quality of Service, snapshots, erasure coding, and APIs for third-party data protection (vADP).

Single Host SDDC

Single Host SDDC is our low-cost gateway into the VMware Cloud on AWS hybrid cloud solution. Typically purchased as a 3+ host service, it is the perfect way to test your first workload and leverage the additional capability and flexibility of VMware Cloud on AWS for 30 days.  Try it now.

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3rd Party Software Integration

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Support for leading ISV partner solutions across categories including Data Protection, DevOps, Cloud Migration and Security. For details, see the VMware web site here.

 

VMware offers many solutions ranging from desktop and server virtualization to cloud integrations. Its range of products includes Horizon, vSphere, vCloud, ESXi, vRealize, NSX, and much more. They let you easily manage your workloads effectively, efficiently, and even remotely to have a solid IT foundation and focus entirely on your developments and deployments.

VMWare with Cloud Computing Technologies (CCT) can give you the best solutions to optimize your development, integration, and deployment processes. Contact us to talk about personalized solutions with VMware.

VMware Virtualization of Desktops and Servers

VMware virtualization of desktops and servers refers to the use of Virtual Machines (VM) to deploy desktop and server environments to end-users. VMs allow users to work from any device or location. Virtualization of desktops and servers can provide businesses with many benefits such as:
  • Remote access: Access VMs going beyond the borders of device and location restrictions enforcing remote working.
  • Cost-Effective: All processing is done on the server cutting the costs of having high-performing hardware requirements for remote users. Multi sessions VMs can bring even more savings.
  • Security: As data and all processing happen on the server, there is no risk of data leaks, even if end-user devices are compromised.
  • Centralized administration: All servers and desktop instances can be managed via a centralized console.

Benefits of VMware In Cloud Computing Technologies

Corporations and Enterprises find the most important benefits from VMware vSphere and Cloud Computing Technologies to include:
  • Re-provisioning of single operating system server to multiple-operating system server for hardware cost savings
  • High application availability with VMware fail-over or redundancy of Virtual Machines (VM)
  • Server software automation and task management for efficient use of time
  • Deploy desktops and servers from templates for flexibility and speed
  • Hybrid cloud capabilities for Disaster Recovery built-in

VMware vSphere and Kubernetes for Developers and Admins

VMware vSphere is the world’s leading software suite for server virtualization with many other software components such as VMware vCenter, ESXi, and VMware vSphere client. VMware vSphere support is also one of the reasons why vSphere is the virtualization market leader. With vSphere, businesses can quickly reduce their server costs and save on overheads on cloud computing infrastructure.
Kubernetes is a portable, extensible, open-source platform for deploying containerized apps. For a vSphere Administrator, VMware with Kubernetes is a great way to manage and deploy container-based workloads.
Here are some use cases of how VMware Kubernetes can revolutionize deployments:

Traditional Deployment

Applications and workloads are directly deployed to actual physical servers without undergoing any compatibility testing. This approach is inherently difficult to scale, costly, and inflexible due to hardware dependence.

Virtualized Deployment

Virtualized deployment is established around a hypervisor like VMware ESXi, creating a virtual machine by adding a layer of abstraction simulating the hardware environment of a physical server. These ESXi virtual machines have their own operating system running on dedicated resources and can exist isolated from other VMs. ESXi also enables many advantages such as dynamic resource scheduling and high availability providing a competitive edge over the traditional deployment approach.

Containerized Deployment

Containers can be thought of as virtual machines but are intrinsically portable and agile. They share resources among all running containers under the same host. This approach can be suitable for developers who are into rapid prototyping, continuous development, and continuous integration.
We at Cloud Computing Technologies (CCT) know that this is where VMware Kubernetes can make a difference. It provides a containerized deployment environment to developers powered by both vSphere and Kubernetes. From a developer perspective, VMware on Kubernetes feels precisely like a regular Kubernetes cluster. Even the tools and processes are still functional across various implementations. This makes the deployment easy as developers don’t need to directly access or knowledge of APIs, clients, or infrastructure of VMware vSphere.
In a VMware admin’s perspective, VMware Kubernetes gives them the ability to operate as they always have, but with the additional functionalities and features of vSphere Client, PowerCLI, and APIs. VMware vSphere support provides a very reliable service for VMware Kubernetes.

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi is known as a “Free bare-metal hypervisor that virtualizes servers so you can consolidate your applications on less hardware”. With ESXi, you can directly install the hypervisor to your physical server and enable direct access controlling of machine resources and also efficiently execute hardware partitioning, which really becomes helpful in reducing costs in the long run. The best part is that ESXi comes with VMware vSphere support, and vSphere is the industry leader for top-notch architecture planning, standard-setting in both performance and reliability.
CCT knows that your development teams are constantly under pressure trying to meet varying market requirements and to deliver the best possible results for your customers. Let us introduce you to ESXi and empower your business to scale-up and keep customers satisfied while saving more in the long run.
ESXi allows the combining of fewer physical devices and still achieve excellent performance with space savings and maintaining administrative requirements. Despite having a footprint of merely 150MB, ESXi allows your business to have a secure hypervisor.
Call or forward your questions to us. We are here to help you to:
  • Improve your hardware with ESXi to enable higher capacity utilization.
  • Make your business battle-ready with a competitive edge.
  • Plan and reorganize your processes through better technology administration.
  • Reduce both your capital and operating costs.
  • Achieve best-possible efficiencies with minimum hardware requirements to run ESXi.

VMware on AWS

VMware on AWS is your pathway to secure and faster cloud integration. With almost no learning curve, it has become a convenient way to deliver apps with virtual desktop infrastructure solutions. VMware integration in AWS has become a developers’ favorite due to the agility it provides to support remote working options. This has enabled datacenter to cloud migrations, rapid evacuation, modernization, and disaster recovery.
Did you know that VMware cloud integrations on AWS can help you to overcome potential setbacks in many ways?
  • Easily scale-up and reduce maintenance disruptions: Leverage 17 worldwide AWS regions to deliver cloud solutions to handle increasing business demands. Scale your applications in a matter of minutes.
  • Mitigate any associated risks with business infrastructure: Avoid potential disasters with VMware on AWS site recovery.
  • Scale-up with a remote workforce: Integrate secure and scalable virtual desktop infrastructure solutions to extend your business across geological borders
Cloud Computing Technologies specializes in providing guidance for migrating all your existing VMware vSphere environments to the AWS cloud. With VMware on AWS, all your continuous deployments and integrations are just one click away.
Contact Cloud Computing Technologies today for a no-obligation VMware vCloud proposal! We specialize in planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Government Service.
VMware Disadvantages
  • Incompatibility with hardware that VMware doesn’t support.
  • Complex device drivers will slow the initialization time.
  • Steep learning curve.
  • Corrupt external code may slow initialization or hang a server.
  • Trial software missing some functionality.

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