AppNeta Sees Into VMware on AWS and Everything in Between
by August 31, 2017

Filed under: Cloud Computing, Industry Insights

The partnership between VMware and AWS is good for both VMware and AWS—but it’s also good for IT. Any IT team managing a virtualized environment with VMware, which is a solid majority of IT teams, can move those virtual workloads to the AWS cloud without reengineering anything. Previously, VMware-heavy IT shops were locked into their complex virtualized environments, and locked out of public cloud because of the re-architecting that would be needed for the shift. Moving workloads to AWS requires its own engineering, and it hasn’t been around as long as VMware, which is entrenched in many data centers today.

The AWS and VMware partnership plan was initially announced in late 2016, but at this week’s VMworld, the companies announced that VMware Cloud is now live on AWS (with limited availability).

Here at AppNeta, we were excited to see the original news, and we’re looking forward now to seeing the technology partnership in action. Many more virtualized businesses will now have the option of porting VMware systems to public cloud, running the vSphere hypervisor in bare-metal fashion on AWS hardware, just like in a private data center. It’s not cheap, and has some serious system requirements, but for larger businesses, it’ll be worth the cost. They’ll now get the benefits of public cloud, like scalability and flexibility, without losing the efficiency of virtualization and the structure and systems they’ve put in place over the years.

We’re glad to see this barrier to public cloud lifted. Our users are continually looking for ways to make their infrastructures more streamlined and take advantage of every new technology that can make the business run better. Of course, IT team members moving VMware workloads to AWS will encounter the same visibility problems that our users first faced when they spun up an AWS instance.  

Moving VMware instances to the AWS cloud is new, but at its essence it’s a LAN to WAN move—something we know a lot about around here. When you’re managing traffic on the LAN, you know what’s happening and how the network is performing. As soon as you move systems to AWS, you’re competing with a third of the internet for traffic. This opens up a whole new slew of possible interruptions, like so-called noisy neighbor problems affecting your applications. In a typical, unmonitored AWS setup, you wouldn’t have any idea why your application was slow. There are just too many variables in play.

Cloud monitoring with AWS VMware

AppNeta monitoring sees into VMware deployed on AWS.

The Complexity of Cloud Networks Is Real

Those in IT who have been running some or all of their infrastructure in public cloud know already that cloud networking infrastructure is a tangled web of internet hops. That’s where AppNeta comes in. AppNeta’s monitoring technology accesses both on-premises and cloud environments, including VMware and AWS, so users can see end-to-end. You can see all of what you’ve installed on-site in addition to the AWS services. So using AppNeta with your VMware/AWS environment makes up for the loss of control and visibility that comes with adopting public cloud.  

There are two big benefits to using AppNeta with your VMware and AWS deployment:

  1. Baselining cloud performance. AppNeta’s virtual Monitoring Point directly monitors your VMware infrastructure before, during and after the move to AWS. It’s especially helpful for our users to see performance metrics before the move to then verify performance after the big AWS transition. Deploying the v35 inside AWS offers a lot of benefits, since it’s now bidirectional monitoring. AppNeta’s cloud monitoring isn’t hardware-dependent, which works well for public cloud adoption. It’s not possible to control the infrastructure when you’ve adopted public cloud—and even if you could, there are so many network carriers and hops involved in the public internet that changes are happening constantly. But AppNeta’s monitoring is steady throughout.
  2. Monitoring into and within the cloud. AppNeta’s virtual monitoring technology supports our usage monitoring, which uses deep packet inspection analysis to give you exact data on how users are experiencing applications. That means that AppNeta’s monitoring tools can see what’s happening within the VMware stack running on AWS infrastructure, as well as what’s happening from your in-house SDDC to the cloud. This allows you to see intra-cloud communications to take advantage of EBS and other AWS services. You can proactively monitor all performance metrics, including end-to-end network capacity and quality. That includes seeing the volume between systems as well as the volume out to end users. It’s like real user monitoring (RUM) but with the added benefit of working for third-party apps, not just custom apps, and taking the network into account.

The VMware and AWS news is good news for many in IT. It allows for scaling up and down quickly, and it’ll let virtualized businesses make an immediate transition to cloud. AppNeta runs seamlessly in this new environment, making it simple to get complete application usage, experience and delivery information.