VMware Cloud Flex Storage is a Storage-as-a-Service offering for VMware Cloud on AWS that provides the ability to provision and scale storage independently of their SDDC hosts.

VMware Cloud Flex Storage is fully VMware-managed and natively integrated, so you can cost-effectively supplement your capacity needs rather than purchasing additional SDDC hosts.

VMware Cloud Flex Storage provides disaggregated cloud storage for non-mission critical applications, such as file servers, analytics, and lower-tier databases. Disaggregated storage provides the performance of local storage with the flexibility of storage area networks.

VMware Cloud Flex Storage overview diagram

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Central to VMware Cloud Flex Storage is the Scale-Out Cloud Filesystem (SCFS), a multi-purpose software-defined storage platform that is built on cloud native abstractions.

The filesystem uses a 2-tier architecture that leverages a flash cache tier for performance and a highly durable capacity tier backed by AWS S3. This 2-tier design allows for independent scaling of performance (IOPS) and capacity. Compute (hypervisor hosts) can also be scaled independently since storage is disaggregated.

The SCFS has built-in data management foundations along with data encryption, data resiliency, and data integrity features that are always on by default.

To get a high level overview of VMware Cloud Flex Storage and understand its value, watch this video:

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To learn about VMware Cloud Flex Storage, see the following resources.

  • Learn more about VMware Cloud Flex Storage by visiting the product page.
  • Read about the underlying technology powering VMware Cloud Flex Storage from VMware technologist Sazalla Ready at his blog.
  • Visit the VMware Cloud Community Blog and read latest technical how-to’s, updates, and announcements from VMware Cloud.