The Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution provides detailed design, implementation, configuration, and operation guidance on establishing business workload mobility and migrating the workloads between a VMware Cloud Foundation instance and a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC through the use of the VMware HCX service.

A VMware validated solution is a well-architected and validated implementation, built and tested by VMware and VMware partners to help customers deliver common business use cases. VMware validated solutions are operational, cost-effective, reliable, and secure. Each solution contains a detailed design, implementation, and operational guidance.

Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation™ SDDC Manager® automates the implementation tasks for some design decisions. For the rest of the design decisions, as noted in the design implications, you must perform the implementation steps manually.

To provide a fast and efficient path to automating the Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation implementation, this document provides Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets as code-based alternatives to completing certain procedures in each SDDC component's user interface. You can directly reuse the PowerShell commands by replacing the provided sample values with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

For additional information, see PowerShell Module for VMware Validated Solutions.

Intended Audience

The Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation documentation is intended for cloud architects and administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software for providing mobility of their business workloads between a VMware Cloud Foundation instance and VMware Cloud on AWS.

Support Matrix

The Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is compatible with certain versions of the VMware products that are used for implementing the solution.

Table 1. Software Components in Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Product Group

Component Versions

5.1.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware HCX

5.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware HCX

4.5.2

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.2 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware HCX

4.5.1

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.1 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware HCX

4.5.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware HCX

Before You Apply This Guidance

To design and implement the Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, your environment must have a certain configuration.

Table 2. Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment

Workload Domain

Deployment Details

Management domain

Automated deployment using VMware Cloud Builder™.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

(Optional) One or more virtual infrastructure workload domains

Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

VMware Cloud Foundation integrated with Active Directory

Manual or PowerShell automated configuration of Active Directory over LDAP.

See the Identity and Access Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution.

Overview of Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation

By applying the Cross Cloud Mobilityfor VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, you deploy the VMware HCX service within the VMware Cloud on AWS Cloud Services console and utilize VMware HCX to extend networking between the VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud on AWS instances. You connect the two sites by creating a Service Mesh and use VMware HCX to migrate workloads between the two.

Table 3. Implementation Overview of Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation

Stage

Steps

1. Plan and prepare the VMware Cloud Foundation environment.

Work with the technology team of your organization on configuring the physical servers, network, and storage in the data center. Collect the environment details and write them down in the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

2. Prepare the VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

  1. Define a custom role in vCenter Server.

  2. Configure service account permissions.

  3. Create Virtual Machine and Template folder.

3. Configure VMware Cloud on AWS

  1. Deploy a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

  2. Configure vCenter Server Access.

4. Configure VMware HCX

  1. Deploy VMware HCX to the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.

  2. Deploy the HCX Connector appliance.

  3. Replace the HCX Connector appliance self-signed certificate.

  4. Pair on-premises vSphere environment with HCX Cloud.

  5. Create network profiles.

  6. Create a compute profile.

  7. Create a Service Mesh.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions, see VMware Validated Solutions Frequently Asked Questions.

Update History

The Cross Cloud Mobility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is updated when necessary.

Revision

Description

30 JAN 2024
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.8.0.

  • The following solution-added products and integrations are now deprecated:
    • Cloud-Based Intelligent Operations with VMware Aria Operations (SaaS)
07 NOV 2023
  • This validated solution now supports VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.0.
  • The PowerValidatedSolutions PowerShell module is now version 2.7.0.
  • The PowerVCF PowerShell module is now version 2.4.0.
  • The following product names are changing:
    • VMware vRealize Operations is now VMware Aria Operations

For more information on the VMware Aria rebranding, see Multi-Cloud Management and VMware Aria.

26 SEP 2023

Initial release.