In this blog I am going to show you the differend VMware solutions AWS, Google cloud and Azure have to offer.

All three providers have a fully managed solution. Which means that they have full administrative access to the environment. You as a customer have admin rights or a subset of access rights to deploy and administer the environment.

VMware on AWS is managed by VMware, the other two are managed by Azure and Google respectively. If you want to remember who manages the solution, simply look at the name of the offering. If it starts with VMware then VMware manages the solution. When the name starts with the cloud provider then the cloud provider manages the solution.

There is another VMWare public cloud offering that is new to the mix; Oracle VMware cloud. The main difference here is that Oracle provides bare metal machines with VMware SDDC deployed. The user has full access and control and Oracle has no further access to the environment. For this blog I will only focus on the “”Big Three” but you can find more info on Oracle’s offer here.

So now that I have explained the main identifiers and offerings let’s dive into the different offerings shall we?

AWS, Google Cloud and Azure; an overview

Provider
information URL
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-vmwarehttps://cloud.google.com/vmware-enginehttps://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-vmware
Support provided byVMwareGoogleMicrosoft
Documentationhttps://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-on-AWS/index.htmlhttps://cloud.google.com/vmware-engine/docs/https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-vmware/
Supported regions (or soon coming)Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
Asia Pacific (Seoul)
Asia Pacific (Singapore)
Asia Pacific (Sydney)
Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
Canada (Central)
Europe (Frankfurt)
Europe (Ireland)
Europe (London)
Europe (Paris)
Europe (Stockholm)
South America (São Paulo)
US East (N. Virginia)
US East (Ohio)
US West (N. California)
US West (Oregon)
Canada (Montreal)
Europe (Amsterdam)
Asia Pacific (Singapore)
South America (Sao Paulo)
US East4 (Northern Virginia)
US West2 (South California)
Europe (Frankfurt)
Europe (London)
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) 
Asia Pacific (Sydney)
US East
US West
US South Central
Europe West
Australia East
UK South
SDDC solutions providedvSphere, VSAN and NSX-TvSphere, VSAN and NSX-TvSphere, VSAN and NSX-T
Minimum Cluster size2 Hosts with SLA
1 Hosts without SLA
3 Hosts3 Hosts
Cluster sizemax 16 Hostsmax 16 Hostsmax 16 Hosts
SDDC Network optionsAWS Direct Connect
NXS L2VPN
IPSEC VPN
VMware HCX
Google Cloud interconnect
Google Cloud VPN
NSX L2VPN
IPSEC VPN
VMware HCX
Azure Express route
VPN Gateway
API AccessYesNo (not yet)Yes
Compute optionsI3.metal
I3en.metal
ve1-standard-72CS28
CS36
CS36m
Storage optionsNVME cache
NVME capacity tier
NVME cache
NVME capacity tier
All Flash cache
Raw for capacity tier
VMware cloud services supportedHybrid Linked-Mode
vRealize Automation Cloud
vRealize Log Insight Cloud
vRealize Operations Cloud
VMware Cloud Site Recovery
Site recovery manager
HCX
vRealize Automation Cloud
vRealize Log Insight Cloud
vRealize Operations Cloud
VMware Cloud Site Recovery
Site recovery manager
HCX
HCX
VMware Cloud Site Recovery
Site recovery manager
vRealize Operations Cloud

Conclusion and final thoughts

Well there you have it, some of the main differences between the offerings and as you can see the AWS solutions seems to offer the most capabilities.

One important thing to keep in mind though is that the cloud providers have access to the environment and the data. This can cause compliance issues so if this is a concern for you maybe looking at Oracle’s solution or hosting on prem is a better choice.

If you are interested in learning more about vSphere please have a look at our other blogs here

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