Updated on: 7 May 2021

Essential Release: VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC Version 1.14) | 31 March 2021

Optional Release: VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC Version 1.13) | 4 December 2020

Beginning with the SDDC version 1.11 release, odd-numbered releases of the SDDC software are optional and available by request only. By default, all new SDDC deployments and upgrades will use the most recent even-numbered release. If you want to upgrade or deploy an SDDC with an odd-numbered release version, contact your VMware TAM, sales, or customer success representative to make the request.

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What's New May 7, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery TM
    • CSA Trusted Cloud Provider
      • VMware Cloud DR is now a Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Trusted Cloud Provider and registered as a Security, Trust, Assurance and Risk (STAR) Level One service. CSA is an organization dedicated to defining best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. STAR Registry is a publicly accessibly registry that documents the security and privacy controls. You can find the VMware Cloud DR STAR Register listing, including the downloadable CAIQ, here.

What's New April 30, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Tanzu Application Service 2.11 Support
    • Tanzu Application Service v2.11 is now supported on VMware Cloud on AWS. We recommend that deploying a new foundation Tanzu Application Service foundation rather than “lift and shift” existing deployment. This provides customers the ability to enable the “cf push” experience for their development teams while taking advantage of all the services provided by VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) Management Cluster Registration with Tanzu Mission Control
    • Tanzu Mission Control now supports the ability to register Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (1.2 & later) management clusters running on VMware Cloud on AWS. Application development teams can complete lifecycle management TKG workload clusters running on VMware Cloud on AWS through TMC console and CLI.
  • Automatic Partition Placement Group Retrofit
    • A fully automated background process to retrofit existing clusters with Partition Placement Groups (PPG). This process will replace non-PPG compliant hosts by adding a new PPG compliant host and then gracefully removing the old host. This process will only modify a single host per SDDC and wait up to 14 days between host replacements. 
  • VMware Cloud Sizer Launchpad Integration
    • The VMware Cloud Sizer has been added to the VMware Cloud Launchpad to make it easier for customers to find and size VMware Cloud deployments. 
  • Single host to 2-host scale-up 
    • Single host SDDC's can now be non-disruptively scaled up to a 2-host SDDC. This process adds resiliency and full SLA support allowing the SDDC to exist beyond 30-days. 

What's New April 27, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Disaster RecoveryTM
    • Pilot deployment
      • Try out VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery as a "pilot" before committing to a term subscription. Pilot deployments are charged at a fixed hourly rate and include 5 TiB of protected capacity and 25 protected virtual machines. Any usage beyond these limits will incur charges at the applicable per-TiB overage and per-VM on-demand rates. Once you are done with your evaluation, create a 1-year or 3-year committed term subscription to seamlessly convert this to a standard deployment and continue using the service. Please refer to the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery pricing page for additional details.
    • Monthly payment option for term subscriptions
      • Get additional payment flexibility with a new option to pay for 1-year or 3-year committed term subscriptions in monthly installment rather than paying for it all upfront. Please refer to the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery pricing page for additional details.
    • Faster replication
      • Achieve faster initial backup ingest and higher steady state replication throughput through several optimizations of the Scale-out Cloud File System and the DRaaS Connector. Improvements include parallel processing of multiple protection groups, improved selection of optimal Connector for remote sites, and automatic tuning of certain parameters.
    • Enhanced recovery performance
      • An accelerated cache within the Scale-out Cloud File System now enables enhanced performance of your recovered virtual machines and faster completion of the Storage vMotion to VMware Cloud on AWS. This functionality is fully managed by the service with no need for user configuration.
    • Cancellation option for replication in-progress
      • Exercise greater control over your ongoing protection operations with the ability to cancel a running snapshot task from the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery UI.
    • Direct Connect (Public VIF) for replication and failback traffic
      • Use AWS Direct Connect with public virtual interfaces (Public VIF) to carry replication, failback, and management traffic between your on-premises protected site and VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery over a high-bandwidth, low-latency network connection. For more details, please refer to the this VMware Cloud DR documentation page.
    • Support for protected sites running vSphere 7.0 Update 2
      • You can now protect virtual machines in sites running vSphere 7.0 Update 2. Refer to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for the latest information on interoperability of VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery with other VMware solutions.
    • Choose seller of record for Recovery SDDC
      • Optimize your cloud spend by choosing between VMware or AWS as the seller of record while deploying your Recovery SDDC, regardless of the seller of record for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery itself. For more details on your purchase options, please refer to the VMware Cloud DR documentation.
    • Custom user for protected vCenter registration (*Preview)
      • Register the vCenter in your on-premises protected site using a custom vCenter user with the minimal set of permissions required by the DRaaS Connector for protection and replication operations. Manually update the user to add other permissions required for failback only when necessary.
    • Run recovered VMs off cloud filesystem (*Preview)
      • Achieve faster failover times and failback sooner by recovering your virtual machines directly on the Scale Out Cloud File System and skipping the storage migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. The virtual machine storage continues to be served from the cloud filesystem. Before using this feature, please consult the Caveats and Limitations section here.
    • For a list of caveats, limitations, and known issues please visit the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery Release Notes page.
  • PCI Compatible Regions
    • You can now use VMware Cloud on AWS as a PCI compliant platform to run your PCI regulated workloads. PCI Regions available today are US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Dublin), Europe (London), Europe (Frankfurt) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).  More regions are planned for PCI upgrade in 2021.

What's New April 14, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Faster re-protect
    • Re-protect your virtual machines significantly faster after a planned recovery. The re-protection operation is especially quick when run shortly after the planned recovery such that the delta between the data on the source and recovery sites is not large. VMware Site Recovery now automatically starts tracking changes on the recovered virtual machine after failover. Only those changes are then replicated to the original protected site when re-protect is run and checksum comparisons can be completely avoided. This capability requires at least vSphere 7.0 Update 2 in your on-premises environment and VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC version 1.14. vSphere Replication 8.4 is also required in both sites.
  • Replication performance improvements
    • Replication performance has been optimized such that replication throughput is up to 3X higher when using high bandwidth and low latency connectivity between the protected and recovery sites. This capability requires at least VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC v1.14 and vSphere Replication 8.4 at the recovery site.
  • User experience improvements:
    • Enhanced export: Now export all DR configuration data related to Recovery Plans, Protection Groups, virtual machines, and datastores
    • Easier configuration: Use the combined Protection and Mapping wizard to achieve faster protection of your virtual machines
    • Easier replication monitoring: Replication status and issues are now included in the Recovery Plan for easier monitoring
    • Improved Recovery Plan history: The recent history of a Recovery Plan now shows more details on errors
    • Re-protect notification: After running a planned migration or recovery, be reminded to re-protect through a new notification
    • Improved folder mapping: See the full path and hierarchy of the folders during folder mapping
    • Auto-select placeholder datastore: The placeholder datastore is automatically selected if you do not configure one explicitly
    • Easier replication rebalancing: Now select multiple virtual machines to more easily reconfigure or move replications between vSphere Replication servers
    • Accessibility enhancements
  • Improved public API: New methods have been introduced for the following operations:
    • Create empty protection groups
    • Create/edit folders and move recovery plans and protection groups
    • Manual per VM protection/inventory mapping
    • Add/Remove/Get Placeholder Datastore(s)
    • Pair/Reconfigure/Break Site Recovery Manager services
    • Add VM dependencies
  • For a list of known and resolved issues please visit VMware Site Recovery Release Notes for more information.

What's New April 13, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Multiple Sellers of Record in One Organization
    • VMware Cloud on AWS now supports multiple sellers (VMware and AWS) in the same Organization. Customers will have the ability to choose the seller before they create a new SDDC or purchase a new term subscription. This provides customers with a way to optimize their spending on the cloud and also have access to all services provided by the two companies. To know more about purchase options for VMware Cloud on AWS please visit here.

What's New March 31, 2021 (SDDC Version 1.14)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • PCI requires new SDDCs version 1.14 and newer
    • Only version 1.14 and newer SDDCs are capable of applying PCI compliance configurations.  You start by creating a new 1.14 standard SDDC and request VMware to enable PCI compliance controls. We recommend that you apply PCI compliance configurations at the time when you have configured your SDDC, fully migrated your PCI workloads, and are ready to start your PCI audit by your Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). For more information on PCI compliance, please see this page.
  • No PCI DSS upgrades to M13 or older SDDCs
    • No SDDCs prior to version 1.14 can be upgraded, as only 1.14 and newer SDDCs can apply PCI configurations.  Your new 1.14 PCI SDDCs will continue to be upgraded automatically by the standard SDDC upgrade lifecycle.
  • PCI workload migration
    • You can use HCX, VMware Site Recovery, vMotion, or other methods to migrate your PCI regulated virtual machines and data to your new 1.14 or newer SDDC.  You must finish your migration before you apply PCI compliance configurations from your VMware Cloud on AWS console.
  • PCI compliant access to Networking and Security UI
    • Once PCI controls are enabled in your SDDC, you will see the recommended options to disable the Networking & Security Tab in the VMware Cloud on AWS console. Users can access the SDDC Networking & Security UI over Direct Connect/ VPN.
    • Direct Connect/ VPN connectivity to the SDDC must be established prior to disabling the Networking and Security Tab.  Firewall rules must be configured on the Management Gateway (MGW) to permit access to the NSX Manager prior to disabling the Networking and Security Tab. For more information, see this page
    • In case the user has to re-enable the Networking and security tab, a support request has to be raised to re-enable “Networking and Security” tab in the VMware cloud console.
  • PCI compliance & VMware Cloud on AWS Add-ons
    • Some VMware Cloud on AWS Add-ons are not yet PCI compliant.  Once PCI controls are enabled in your SDDC, you will see the recommended options to disable HCX, VMware Site Recovery, and the Networking & Security Tab in the VMware Cloud on AWS console.  We also recommend that you ensure that the vRA Add-on is deactivated before starting your PCI audit with your Qualified Security Accessor (QSA). For more information, please see this page.
  • Support for I3 and I3en hosts types
    • You can provision I3 or I3en hosts into a new SDDC that requires PCI compliance.
  • PCI SDDC controls - no additional cost
    • When you build a new SDDC for PCI workloads, there are no additional fees for PCI configured SDDCs.
  • PCI DSS compliance on VMware Cloud on AWS
    • VMware Cloud on AWS will continue to be audited for PCI compliance annually and we provide industry standard evidence from the successful 3rd party Qualified Security Accessor (QSA) assessment with our Attestation of Compliance (AOC) document.  The VMware Cloud on AWS PCI AOC is available now for download here.
  • vCenter Cloud Gateway updates independent of SDDC updates
    • The vCenter Cloud Gateway has now been enhanced to receive automatic updates for features and patches even if the SDDC is not updated.
  • Performance Optimizations for Erasure Coding for bursty writes
    • In version 1.14, we have improved the performance and CPU efficiency of RAID 5/6. This enables the space efficiency of erasure coding while enhancing application performance and reducing CPU cost per I/O, particularly for bursty writes. Additional buffer tier performance improvements were also made.
  • Stretched Cluster/ Multi-AZ Improvements: vSAN DRS awareness:
    • VMware Cloud on AWS version 1.14 introduces integration with data placement and DRS so that after a recovered failure condition, DRS will keep the VM state at the same site until data is fully re-synchronized, which will ensure that all read operations do not traverse the inter-site link (ISL). Once data is fully re-synchronized, DRS will move the VM state to the desired site in accordance with DRS rules. This improvement can dramatically reduce unnecessary read operations occurring across the ISL, and free up ISL resources to continue with its efforts to complete any re-synchronizations post-site recovery.
  • Cloud Native Storage for Vanilla Kubernetes:
    • Cloud native storage is a capability that would provide comprehensive data management for stateful applications. Built natively into vSphere, this feature would make Kubernetes aware of how to provision storage in VMware Cloud on AWS environments on-demand in a fully automated, scalable fashion as well as provides visibility for the administrator into container volumes through vCenter. This functionality is supported for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (multi-cloud) on VMware Cloud on AWS.
  • Networking & Security
    • Informational level VPN logs from the SDDC are now visible in VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud.
    • As previously noted, VMware Cloud on AWS supports higher scale attributes for NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) for SDDCs running version 1.12 and higher. The complete list of configuration maximums for Networking and Security can be found here.

What's New March 24, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery
    • Inter-region DR in VMware Cloud on AWS
      • Protect your virtual machines running in VMware Cloud on AWS across cloud regions using VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery. Deploy the DRaaS Connector on your VMware Cloud on AWS clusters to start replicating the virtual machines running there to a VMware Cloud DR instance in another VMware Cloud on AWS region. Use VMware Cloud DR's orchestrated recovery capabilities to perform DR tests and failovers in a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC in the target region.
    • 2-host pilot light and recovery SDDCs
      • Lower your steady state DR costs by deploying an i3.metal 2-host VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to serve as a pilot light cluster for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery. For DR tests and failovers, scale up the pilot light SDDC into a full-sized recovery site by adding more clusters to it. After the test or failover, scale back down to the 2-host footprint by removing the additional recovery clusters.
    • New AWS regions
      • You can now protect and recover your vSphere virtual machines in the following additional AWS regions: Asia Pacific (Seoul), Europe (Stockholm), and South America (São Paulo).
    • Support for protected sites running vSphere 7.0 Update 1
      • You can now protect virtual machines in sites running vSphere 7.0 Update 1. Please refer to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for the latest information on interoperability of VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery with other VMware solutions.
    • Multi-instance support for increased scalability
      • Deploy multiple instances of the scale-out cloud file system and multiple recovery SDDCs in the target region to protect a large volume of virtual machine data and a large number of virtual machines. Orchestrate company-wide DR testing and failovers from a single, federated VMware Cloud DR management console spanning across all instances.
    • HIPAA BAA
      • A HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) is available for VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery to help healthcare organizations stay in compliance while ensuring DR protection of their critical applications.
    • Enhanced replication resiliency
      • Benefit from increased resiliency of the replication process against transient network outages and temporary unavailability of the cloud file system due to cloud upgrades. The progress of a replication job is now saved periodically so that it can continue from that point onwards when the transient situation is resolved.

For more information, please see this page.

What's New March 17, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • EDRS Rapid Scale Out Enhancement
    • When you select the Elastic DRS Rapid Scale Out policy, you can now scale faster and add up to 12 hosts in parallel, as compared to up to 4 hosts previously. For more information, please see this page.
  • Select SDDC in Support Ticket
    • While creating support tickets on the VMware Cloud Console, you can now select a SDDC for which you need support for. When a SDDC is selected, the selected SDDC information will be passed to VMware support so they can better assist you. Selecting a SDDC is optional, but highly recommended so VMware support has all the information to assist you.

What's New February 24, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Increased Scale Attributes for NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW)
    • VMware Cloud on AWS supports higher scale attributes for NSX Distributed Firewall (DFW) for SDDCs running version 1.12 and higher. VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC now supports up to 40,000 DFW rules across all sections. Also, the number of security groups supported is now increased to 12,000 and the number of VMs per security group in the SDDC is increased to 1,800. The complete list of configuration maximums for Networking and Security can be found here.
  • 1-Year API Change Notice
    • VMware Cloud on AWS ESXi hosts will use the vSphere Distributed switch (VDS) for networking, replacing the current NSX-T Virtual distributed Switch (NVDS). The VDS switch will be introduced in SDDC version 1.15. Customers can opt-in to use VDS in 1.15. Please chat with the Support team or open an SR to get access to this feature.
    • Future deployments starting with version 1.16 will use VDS. Existing deployments will be converted to VDS prior to 1.18 upgrade.
    • The vSphere Web Services API Opaque Network objects will be converted to NSX DistributedVirtualPortGroup (DVPG) objects. The corresponding API parameters/ return values are changing, therefore customers need to update applications that are using these API calls. vSphere Opaque Network objects will not be supported beyond 1.16.
    • For more details, please refer to the KB https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/82487

What's New January 29, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Stretch Cluster Cross-AZ Charges Update
    • Ten petabytes per month of Cross-AZ charges are now included with Stretched Clusters. Stretched Clusters are supported globally in all VMware Cloud on AWS regions. Starting with the billing cycle completing in January, there will no longer be Stretched Cluster data transfer charges up to ten petabytes per month.

What's New January 27, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

What's New January 21, 2021

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Disaster RecoveryTM
    • New region. You can now protect and recover your vSphere virtual machines to the following additional region: Asia Pacific (Tokyo).

What's New December 17, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Disaster RecoveryTM
    • New regions: You can now protect and recover your vSphere virtual machines to the following additional regions: Europe (Ireland), Europe (Paris), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai).
    • Support for I3en hosts in Recovery SDDC: You can now provision I3en hosts in your Recovery SDDC and use them for recovery operations.
    • Support for multiple vSphere clusters in Recovery SDDC: You can now add multiple vSphere clusters to your Recovery SDDC to increase your recovery capacity.
    • Faster recovery: Failover now happens faster as virtual machines are powered on in parallel in batch sizes that scale with the number of hosts in your Recovery SDDC.
    • Use VM tags to configure protection groups: You can now define which virtual machines should be members of a protection group based on their vSphere tags. When backing up, any virtual machines with the tags you specify are dynamically associated with the protection group and included in the snapshot.
    • Preserve VM tags on Recovery: The recovery process now preserves vSphere tags on recovered VMs that were associated with those VMs on the original protected site. The tags and their associated categories must be pre-configured on the recovery SDDC for successful failover.
    • Data transfer optimizations for failback and VM restore: In situations where incremental data transfer based on snapshot data is not possible during a failback or VM restore operation, VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery now leverages the VM content that already exists on the restore destination to speed up the failback or VM restore.
    • Consistent handling of time zones in UI: All timestamps shown in the UI now display using the user’s browser time zone setting. Protection Group schedules are still based on the protected site’s time zone. When this time zone is different from the user’s browser time zone setting, the UI indicates the protected site's time zone for reference.
    • Show progress of Recovery SDDC deployment and snapshot replication: The UI now provides progress status for Recovery SDDC deployment and snapshot replication, listing all running and completed tasks associated with these operations.
    • Support for protected sites running vSphere 7.0: You can now protect virtual machines in sites running vSphere 7.0. Please refer to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix for the latest information on interoperability of VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery with other VMware solutions.
  • Maintenance Details
    • You can now can view the detailed progress of ongoing SDDC upgrade maintenance in VMC Console.  If maintenance is ongoing, the maintenance summary shows information about the current phase and step of maintenance. It shows details of the operations performed in each step, as well as start and end times for the steps.

What's New December 11, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.12v3)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Reduced time needed for reprotect
    • The time needed for reprotecting virtual machines after a planned recovery with VMware Site Recovery has been reduced significantly. The reduction in time for reprotecting virtual machines is the largest when the delta between the data on the source site and recovery site is not large. This feature works for cloud-to-cloud DR topology and vSphere Replication on your VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC should be on version 8.3.2 or higher. You can read more about reprotecting virtual machines after a recovery in the VMware Site Recovery documentation.
  • Large SDDC runtime scale up
    • Now customers can scale SDDC management appliances including NSX edge and vCenter to large size post deployment as part of day 2 operations. By default standard size SDDC are deployed, but if the SDDC is expected to grow more than 30 hosts or 3000 VMs, Large SDDC deployment is recommended.  The operation incurs about an hour of SDDC downtime, and requires a vCenter re-start and an NSX failover. For more information on sizing and limits, please see this page

What's New December 4, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.13)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Minimize security risks by enabling network encryption
    • You can enable the network encryption of the replication traffic data for new and existing replications to enhance the security of data transfer. When the network encryption is enabled for a replication, an agent on the source encrypts the replication data on the source ESXi host and sends it to the vSphere Replication appliance on the target site. The vSphere Replication server decrypts the data and sends it to the target datastore. For more information about network encryption, see Network Encryption of Replication Traffic.
  • VMware Remote Console (VMRC) vCenter Proxy
    • VMware Remote Console connections will now be proxied through the SDDC’s vCenter, and clients no longer require connectivity to ESXi hosts.  This simplifies connectivity requirements, and allows for the use of VMRC over VPN when a DX or vTGW is also being used with the SDDC.

What's New November 19, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMC Sizer Updates
    • New features for the VMC Sizer and TCO tool are now available. For more information, please see this page.

What's New November 4, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • SDDC Version 1.12v2 released
    • This release provides improvements for i3en.metal network performance for north-south communication (approximately twice the performance compared to i3.metal) to the SDDC, as well as east-west communication within the SDDC. Customers can realize higher network throughput for their workloads driving TCP traffic as well as for UDP traffic across i3en edge nodes.

What's New October 30, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • vCenter Linking for SDDC Groups is now available
    • Customers that have SDDC Groups configured on VMware Cloud on AWS can now link their vCenters within a group and manage them from a single vSphere client interface. VMware Transit Connect offers the required networking connectivity for the vCenters to be linked in the group. As part of this single view, customers can perform VM operations and also perform clone, copy and migration across the grouped vCenters. Additionally, tags that are created on any of the vCenters within the group will automatically be synced across the other vCenters in the group. For more information, please see this page.
      • Known Issues: vMotion of a VM across linked vCenters in the SDDC group will not work because VMware Transit Connect only creates L3 connectivity between the group members
  • HCX for VMware Cloud on AWS Enhancements
    • With the release of VMware HCX R145, VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs supports all HCX Advanced services as well as select HCX Enterprise class services with no additional license requirement and at no additional cost. For more information, please see this page.
      • Replication Assisted vMotion
      • Mobility Optimized Networking
      • Application Path Resiliency
      • TCP Flow Conditioning​
      • Mobility Groups
        Note: HCX Mobility Groups support integration with vRealize Network Insight, available as a separate license. This integration allows the creation of mobility groups from VMware vRealize Network Insight discovered applications to HCX for wave planning and migration.

What's New October 20, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Disaster RecoveryTM
    • Protect your vSphere virtual machines to the cloud and recover them to VMware Cloud on AWS using VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery. Based on the scale-out cloud file system technology developed at Datrium, VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery helps lower the cost of disaster recovery by storing backups in cloud storage, and allows you to pay for recovery host capacity only when you want to conduct a disaster recovery test or perform a recovery. VMware Cloud on AWS makes rapid recovery at scale possible with its "live mount" capability, which enables fast power-on of the recovered VMs in VMware Cloud on AWS without a long data rehydration process. A fully-featured SaaS-simple disaster recovery orchestrator is built-in to minimize the need for manual effort during recovery. The service is tightly integrated with VMware Cloud on AWS for efficient recovery and a consistent operational experience without error-prone VM format conversions. For more information, visit our blog and FAQ. Features of VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery include:
      • Available in US West (Oregon), US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), Europe (London), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Canada (Central), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and Europe (Frankfurt)
      • Option to maintain a small, pre-provisioned "pilot light" SDDC to run foundational components and further speed recovery
      • Continuous disaster recovery health checks every 30 minutes for increased reliability
      • End-to-end and daily data integrity checks of backup copies
      • Deep history of immutable snapshots for recovery from ransomware attacks
      • Audit-ready, detailed disaster recovery reports
      • Delta-based failback

What's New October 15, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Microsoft Server Licenses
    • The VMC Console now includes the status and control of Microsoft Licensing on individual clusters. Customers purchasing VMC through VMware can edit Cluster settings to enable or disable VMware-issued Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server licenses. Intended for new or updated Microsoft licenses acquired after October 1, 2019, an end-user can designate individual clusters for Windows or SQL Server licensing. For information on enabling Windows Servers Licenses in the VMC console, visit this page.

What's New October 13, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • PowerCLI 12.1.0 is now available
    • PowerCLI 12.1 is now available and includes several new capabilities that make automation for VMware Cloud on AWS easier than ever (for specific PowerCLI release notes, please see here).  This release includes two new cmdlets for configuring Elastic DRS (EDRS) policy, several enhancements that improve your ability to control the size, type, and scale of new software-defined data centers (SDDC), and updates that enable scaling multi-cluster SDDCs. In addition to that, this release makes it easier than ever to seamlessly bridge automation from the VMware Cloud infrastructure layer to the vCenter Server instance on your SDDC that is used to manage your workloads. At a high level, below are the top features, and if you’d like more information, please visit our blog here.
      • Configure EEDRS policies for your SDDC 
      • Enhancements to configure SDDC appliance size and host type (I3, I3en)
      • Enhanced cluster management to scale a multi-cluster SDDCs

What's New October 12, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • i3en metal instances are available in the following regions and AZs
    • ap-south-1 - Mumbai
    • ap-northeast-2 - Seoul
    • sa-east-1 - Sao Paulo 
  • AWS Commerce Platform Integration
    • When customers purchase VMware Cloud on AWS via AWS or through AWS Partners, AWS Commerce Platform will now help them organize, report, forecast, and optimize their cost and usage. This includes the ability to pay for 1 and 3 year term subscriptions in monthly installments, in addition to the ability to pay upfront. For more information, please visit our blog here.

What's New September 25, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Link to vRealize Log Insight Cloud from Activity Log
    • You can now access vRealize Log Insight Cloud from the Activity Log through a quick link to view all your log, including all the events in your Activity Log! 
  • New Notifications for Fund Depletion and Fund Negative Balance
    • You will receive an automated email notification if your fund has been in negative balance for 30, 60, and 90 days, which would be a good reminder for you to start a renewal conversation with your sales contact. You will also receive a heads up email notification if we predict that your fund may run out of credits in the next 3 months, according to your recent on-demand usage. This provides an additional guardrail that prevents you from going into negative balance. For more information about what notifications are supported, please see this link.

What's New September 24, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • i3en Custom CPU Core Count
    • The i3en host type now supports the Custom CPU Core Count feature. Users can select the number of physical cores per i3en host when provisioning new clusters in order to optimize the cost of applications that are licensed per core. Users can choose to provision 16, 24, 30, or 36 custom physical CPU cores. For more information on Custom Core Counts, see the Add Cluster documentation.
  • Stretched Clusters
    • Stretched Clusters are now supported in the Canada Region.

What's New September 22, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • i3en metal instances are available in the following regions and AZs
    • us-west-1 - San Francisco
    • eu-west-3 - Paris (Only 2 AZs are available, please work with your VMware contact to determine which AZs have i3en available)
    • eu-west-1 - Ireland
    • ap-southeast-1 - Singapore 
    • eu-north-1 - Stockholm

What's New September 21, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.12)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • vSAN Compression for i3en is now available
    • The new “Compression only” feature allows customers to take advantage of space efficiency techniques while minimizing the tradeoff with performance that is typically associated with these techniques.  Using the “compression only” option also reduces a failure domain in comparison to clusters running deduplication and compression, as a failed capacity device in a cluster using the “compression only” feature will affect just the discrete device, and not the entire disk group.  This new feature helps improve space efficiency, but with minimal overhead and operational changes when compared to a cluster not running any form of cluster-based space efficiency. 
  • TRIM/UNMAP (Preview)
    • The Trim/Unmap feature enables your VMC deployment to be more space efficient by automatically reclaiming used space that it no longer needed. It allows the guest OS to issue trim/unmap so that vSAN can remove unused blocks thereby benefitting thin provisioned VMDKs as unused blocks can be reclaimed automatically. This feature is available as PREVIEW and will be enabled on a request basis. Please contact your account team if you are interested in having this feature enabled for your cluster or SDDC. 
  • Enhanced data durability during maintenance operations
    • The Enhanced data durability during maintenance mode feature will protect against data loss in the event that there is only one active replica. This durability is provided by the introduction of delta (or differential) writes, which protect against data loss in the above scenario by replicating writes to an available fault domain (typically a host) when there is only one active replica serving I/O. If the host with the sole active replica fails, the object will become inaccessible. However, once the host in maintenance mode has returned the delta write will be leveraged to update that replica and return the object to availability.
  • SDDC Groups with VMware Transit Connect is now available
    • SDDC Groups provide customers with the ability to logically organize a set of SDDCs to simplify management at scale. With an SDDC group, customers can manage multiple SDDCs as a single logical entity. In this release, SDDC Groups will enable connectivity by leveraging VMware Transit Connect. With VMware Transit Connect, connectivity is automatically established between the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC Group members, while simplifying connectivity to multiple on-premises infrastructure environments as well as native AWS VPC environments. For more details, see the Networking section.  This feature was in Preview earlier (See SDDC Version 1.11 Release Notes) and is now Generally Available in this release.
  • VMware Transit Connect with AWS Transit Gateway is now available
    • VMware Transit Connect delivers VMware-managed, easy-to-use, scalable and performant connectivity solution between VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs that are designated within an SDDC Group. It leverages the AWS Transit Gateway (TGW) to enable any-to-any high bandwidth, low latency connectivity between SDDC Group members in a single AWS region. It also enables connectivity between an SDDC Group and multiple AWS native Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) as well as multiple on-premises environments connected via an AWS Direct Connect Gateway. Customers can provision Transit Connect to their SDDCs by organizing them into an SDDC Group in the VMware Cloud on AWS Organization console. This feature was in Preview earlier (See SDDC Version 1.11 Release Notes) and is now Generally Available in this release.
  • VMware Transit Connect support for AWS Direct Connect Gateway is now available
    • Customers can establish connectivity to on-premises/ colo Data Centers via their AWS Direct Connect Gateway. VMware Transit Connect enables customers to centralize connectivity for SDDC Group to Direct Connect Gateway (see above release note). This reduces the need to configure Direct Connect Private VIF per individual SDDC.
  • Multi-Edge SDDC 
    • Multi-Edge SDDC capability enables customers to add network capacity for North-South network traffic. Customers can linearly scale bandwidth for migration and workload communication over VMware Transit Connect and Connected VPC. It enables customers to dedicate compute capacity for network connectivity in the form of SDDC Edges and to selectively steer certain traffic sets over individual SDDC Edges by using Traffic Groups. This feature, also referred to as Edge Scale Out, is available for Large SDDCs (See SDDC Version 1.10 Release Notes).
  • Firewall
    • Advanced search and filtering capability in the UI - Users can search firewall rules using a number of criteria including rule ID, rule name, Group membership, source/ destination IP address, protocol, service, action and rule status.
    • Rule ID is now directly available in the UI.
  • Distributed Firewall
    • Time-based Scheduling of DFW Rules - Users can now schedule enforcement of specific rules for specific time intervals. This option can be accessed through the clock symbol in the UI.
    • Advanced search and filtering capability in the UI - Users can search firewall rules using a number of criteria including rule ID, rule name, Group membership, source/ destination IP address, protocol, service, action and rule status.
    • Rule ID is now directly available in the UI.
  • VPN
    • MSS Clamping is now supported for Policy-based/ Route-based VPN. This option allows the user to set the maximum segment size IPSec traffic to avoid fragmentation. VPN UI is streamlined to group together all required fields above the Advanced Parameters fold.
  • DHCP
    • Users can create custom DHCP profiles for DHCP Relay/ Server. DHCP server can be configured at Gateway (all segments) or Local (individual segment) level as well as Relay mode. Users can view DHCP Relay/ Server configuration stats under Tier-1 Gateways (CGW) tab in the UI.
  • Segments
    • Segment level metrics - Fine grained network stats are available at the individual segment level. Counters for packets transmitted/ received/ dropped are available via the UI. Users can view all related Groups where individual segment is referenced.
    • Segment Profiles - Users can view the segment profiles that apply to individual segments during segment creation. Users can set bindings for DHCP addresses.
    • Segments UI enhancement - Users can view all related Groups where the individual segment is referenced.
  • Transit Connect (SDDC Networking & Security UI)
    • Routes advertised and learnt over VMware Transit Connect can be viewed at the individual SDDC level. This is provided as a new section in the SDDC Networking & Security UI.
  • EDRS for Upgrades
    • SDDCs with multiple clusters now have shorter upgrade durations with add/remove host parallelism and increased resiliency to add/remove host failures.

What's New September 18, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMC Sizer Updates
    • Users can customize the compression ratio when sizing for the i3en instance type. The compression ratio is used by the VMC Sizer to estimate storage savings.

What's New August 29, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v8)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • SDDC Version 1.10v8 released
    •  This release fixes networking issues found in previous SDDC versions.

What's New August 28, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • i3en Metal Instances are now available in ap-northeast-1 (Tokyo) and eu-west-1 (Ireland)

What's New August 21, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v7)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • SDDC Version 1.10v7 released
    •  This release fixes storage and networking issues found in previous SDDC versions.

What's New August 20, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Configuration Maximum Tool now live for VMware Cloud on AWS
    • The VMware Configuration Maximum Tool is now live for VMware Cloud on AWS. Customers can now easily access information on product maximums and configurations for VMware Cloud on AWS, along with other VMware products and services.  

What's New August 18, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • vRLI Cloud Update
    • vRealize Log Insight Cloud delivered a major product update. For a detailed overview of updates, please see the following link.  Here is a short note on top 5 features:
      • VMware cloud audit dashboards across 10+ areas including activity and alarms 
      • Expanded log collection across 35+ AWS applications 
      • One-click field extraction based on log sources and content packs
      • Customizable homepage with out of the box widgets to pick from
      • New drag, drop, and done dashboard creation experience with tagging, filtering, and grouping of dashboards

What's New August 17, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Citrix Support on VMC
    • Citrix CVAD (Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops) solution is now fully supported on VMware Cloud. This moves us from Citrix Ready validation to full production support by Citrix Support. 
    • Support for Citrix CVAD with VMware Cloud on AWS provides our customers additional flexibility with their rapidly evolving business continuity strategies by securely delivering employee instances and secure virtual desktops in additional hybrid-cloud configurations.

What's New August 11, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud Launchpad
    • The VMware Cloud Launchpad is a consolidated starting point designed to help customers learn about the latest VMware Hybrid Cloud solutions and infrastructure providers. From the VMware Cloud Launchpad, customers will find detailed technical information, relevant tools, and step-by-step integrated workflows that will help them get to their business outcomes quickly. 
    • The VMware Cloud Launchpad is designed to present a 360º view of each offering under the following categories:
      • In the Resources page, customers will find technical documents (white papers, solution briefs, reference architecture, and so on), videos, FAQs, and much more to learn about the underlying technologies and the capabilities of the offering.
      • Through the Journey page, customers are able to see the end-to-end journey with VMware for the selected offering.  It consists of three or more stages with the intent of helping customers learn and prepare their environment, deploy the offering, and configure the offering to maximize value. For some offerings, the Journey will also allow customers to track and monitor progress after signing-in.
      • The Overview consists of a short video or image that provides a technical overview of the offering followed by additional details and diagrams discussing the architecture and technical capabilities.  

The VMware Cloud Launchpad is available to everyone without requiring explicit login. This will enable future VMware Cloud customers to learn how to use and deploy our solutions and service offerings prior to onboarding to the service. For more information, please see this page.

What's New July 31, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Webhook and Activity Log APIs are published in the API Explorer
    • Webhook and Activity Log APIs are published in the API Explorer. Both Webhook and Activity Log APIs are in preview but fully functional in production. Customers can leverage Webhook to push notifications to any 3rd party apps, such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, PagerDuty, etc. to monitor incoming notifications. Customers can also use the Activity Log API to pull all the past notification events for auditing. You can find all the available notification events here

What's New July 29, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • i3en.metal instance type is now available in US-Gov-West
    • The default release for all new SDDCs on i3en.metal hosts and i3.metal hosts in US-Gov-West is SDDC Version 1.10v5. This release also provides support for 2-Host i3.metal clusters.
  • vRealize Automation Cloud Add-on 
    • Customers are now able to activate a vRealize Automation Cloud trial directly through the VMware Cloud on AWS console!  This trial can be activated from any VMC SDDC by navigating to the SDDC’s Add-Ons tab.  From the Add-Ons tab, customers are able to click activate, which will begin a 45-day free trial of the vRealize Automation Cloud service.  After activation, all vRA Cloud service use and operations will occur from the vRA Cloud console.  This activation occurs at the org-level, and only a single 45-day trial is provided. For more information, visit our blog.
  • CloudHealth Hybrid by VMware​
    • CloudHealth Hybrid provides a single platform with visibility into cost, usage, and performance of hybrid cloud resources, including VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud on AWS (in Early Access), and public clouds. With CloudHealth, organizations can identify optimization opportunities and align cost and usage by business unit for Showback. CloudHealth also helps plan migration assessment across clouds. CloudHealth policies help enforce proper usage of cloud resources by enabling Infrastructure and Operations teams to set policies, then flag violations and take remediation actions. For more information, visit our blog

What's New July 24, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v6)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • SDDC Version 1.10v6 released
    • This release fixes a problem which caused the customer Storage FTT policy to be shown incorrectly for VMs converted from templates. This release also fixes issues found in the previous 1.10v5 SDDC version.

What's New July 20, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • 2-Host Cluster size now available with SLA
    • The 2-Host Cluster size is now available with an SLA! With this change we are now offering 99.9% SLA availability for 2-Host Cluster deployments in all supported global regions. 2-Host Clusters previously created in Preview are also now offered the same SLA as those deployed moving forward. For more information on the SLA, please visit this page.

What's New July 15, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Service Description Update
    • The VMware Cloud on AWS Service Description has been updated with details on Microsoft Server License functionality provided by VMware.
      • The related announcement from Microsoft can be found here.  VMware will also provide commercially reasonable assistance with installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of supported applications, including but not limited to Microsoft, Oracle, and VMware Technology Partners.
      • See Release notes below for more information on Microsoft Server Licenses.
    • If you have additional questions about your agreement with VMware regarding VMware Cloud on AWS, please contact your VMware representative for more information.
  • Microsoft Server Licenses
    • VMware-issued Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server licenses obtained with VMware Cloud on AWS are available to purchase directly from VMware. Intended for new or updated Microsoft licenses acquired after October 1, 2019, an end-user can designate individual clusters for Windows or SQL Server licensing. For information on enabling Windows Servers Licenses in the VMC console, visit this page.

What's New July 13, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Partition Placement Groups
    • Partition Placement Groups is an instance placement strategy that places hosts in different AWS logical partitions. Logical partitions do not share the same underlying hardware. Placing the hosts of a cluster in different partitions reduces the probability of correlated host failures due to hardware failures and increases application availability. Partition placement happens automatically for all new SDDC, cluster, and host add operations. Existing SDDCs benefit from partition placement as hosts are added and removed. Partitions are not visible to users and placement takes place automatically, without any configuration from the user. You can read more about placement groups here.
  • Large SDDC - UI and Stretched Cluster Support
    • UI and Multi-AZ support is now available when deploying Large SDDCs. Note that previously, in SDDC Version 1.10, only API support was provided for Large SDDCs (See SDDC Version 1.10 Release Notes). This enhancement makes this feature easily configurable and extends the use case. 

What's New June 26, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v5)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • SDDC Version 1.10v5 released
    • This release fixes networking issues found in the previous 1.10v4 SDDC version.
  • SDDC Version 1.9v2 released
    • This release fixes networking issues found in the previous 1.9 SDDC version.

What's New June 25, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Multiple Points in time recovery:
    • This feature allows the vSphere Replication administrator to configure the retention of replicas from multiple points in time. After a recovery, vSphere Replication presents the retained instances as ordinary virtual machine snapshots. Each replica is a Point in Time (PIT) to which you can revert the virtual machine. You can recover virtual machines at different points in time (PIT), such as the last known consistent state. You can configure the number of retained instances on the Recovery Settings page of the replication configuration wizards. You can view details about the currently retained instances in the replication details panel for a specific replication in vSphere Replication Outgoing and Incoming views.

What's New June 16, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v4)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • i3en.metal instance type is now available for select regions
    • i3en.metal instances are now available for new SDDC and cluster deployments on VMware Cloud on AWS. These instances come with Intel Xeon Cascade Lake processors @2.5GHz, 96 vCPUs with hyper-threading enabled, 768 GiB memory & 45.84 TiB (50TB) raw storage capacity, with additional 6.55 TiB cache storage capacity. Additionally i3en instances include in-transit hardware encryption of east-west traffic for improved security. i3en.metal instance type is available in US West (Oregon) and US East (N. Virginia), with support for more regions coming soon. Please contact your VMware representative to learn more about availability at your region(s) of choice.

What's New June 12, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

    EDRS for Stretched Clusters
    • EDRS is now supported with Stretched Clusters. Customers can configure cost, performance and rapid scale-out EDRS policies with Stretched Clusters.

What's New June 8, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • General
    • Fund Expiration Reminder Email: Notification Gateway Service will now send customers fund expiration reminders to keep them well-informed on upcoming fund expirations, so that customers can plan their consumption accordingly. Customers will receive emails 7 days, 30 days, and 60 days before the date their fund expires.
  • VMware Cloud Director service
    • VMware Cloud Director service makes VMware Cloud on AWS more accessible to a wider set of customers by allowing customers of all sizes to enjoy agile cloud expansion with consistent operations. VMware Cloud Director service enables Cloud Providers to deliver proven multi-tenancy to VMware Cloud on AWS, enabling them to provision custom-sized slices of VMware Cloud on AWS for customers. The cloud-based solution helps Cloud Providers grow their customer base, accelerate business expansion and increase business agility. For more information on VMware Cloud Director Service, see the following page.
  • CSP Integration with LINT​
    • The new Audit Events for VMware Cloud Services dashboard and content pack in vRealize Log Insight Cloud enables VMware Cloud on AWS organization owners to monitor VMware Cloud Services audit events triggered by activity with user logins, user management, API Tokens, and OAuth Applications.

What's New June 5, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.11)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Transit Connect with AWS Transit Gateway (Preview)
    • VMware Transit Connect delivers VMware-managed, easy-to-use, scalable and performant connectivity solution between VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs that are designated within an SDDC Group. It leverages the AWS Transit Gateway (TGW) to enable any-to-any high bandwidth, low latency connectivity between SDDC Group members in a single AWS region. It also enables connectivity between an SDDC Group and multiple AWS native Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) as well as multiple on-premises environments connected via an AWS Direct Connect Gateway. Customers can provision Transit Connect to their SDDCs by organizing them into an SDDC Group in the VMware Cloud on AWS Organization console. This feature is in Preview for this release.
  • SDDC Groups with VMware Transit Connect (Preview)
    • SDDC Groups provide customers with the ability to logically organize a set of SDDCs to simplify management at scale. With an SDDC group, customers can manage multiple SDDCs as a single logical entity. In this release, SDDC Groups will enable connectivity by leveraging VMware Transit Connect. With VMware Transit Connect, connectivity is automatically established between the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC Group members, while simplifying connectivity to multiple on-premises infrastructure environments as well as native AWS VPC environments. For more details, see the Networking section.  This feature is in Preview for this release.
  • Terraform Provider for NSX-T Policy API support extended to VMware Cloud on AWS
    • Resources and Data Sources applying to NSX-T Policy API on VMware Cloud on AWS have been qualified, tested and documented in order to allow Terraform consumption of VMware Cloud on AWS environments. Authentication for these environments has also be added to the Provider. For more details see Terraform documentation on NSXT and VMware Cloud on AWS.

What's New May 29, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Automatic adjustment of vSAN policy for improved data availability
    • The Automatic adjustment of vSAN policy for improved data availability feature will automatically assign the default policy for your VMs to ensure that your workloads are SLA compliant. You can deploy your cluster, and based on the number of hosts, we will auto-assign the policy to it. If we cross a host limit which requires a different policy, we will automatically change it for you so that your clusters remain SLA compliant. In the event, that you want to set the policies yourselves, you can override this function to set the policies of your choosing.
      • The policies settings which will be applied by Automatic adjustment of vSAN policy for improved data availability are:
        • Standard Cluster:
          • =< 5 hosts: Failure to tolerate 1 - RAID-1
          • >= 6 hosts: Failure to tolerate 2 - RAID-6
        • Stretched Cluster:
          • Dual Site Mirroring, Failure to tolerate 1 - RAID-1
    • This feature will be enabled for SDDC Versions 1.10 and higher.
  • Auto-remediation host notifications
    • Auto-remediation notifications are added to the Activity Log to notify users of the following host related events:
      • Autoscaler detected an issue with a host
      • Autoscaler successfully remediated a problematic host
      • Autoscaler replaced a problematic host
      • Autoscaler replaced a host due to a scheduled AWS maintenance event
    • The updated notifications contain the IP address and Cluster name for the host in question.

What's New May 14, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v3)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Resolved Issues:
    • This release fixed a corner case regression, observed in the failover of a third party load balancer.

What's New May 06, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • 2-Host Cluster (Preview)
    • Customers can now spin up a 2-Host Cluster in Preview.  This Cluster offers greater stability than our single host SDDC and no 30 day limitation, with FTT=1 and RAID=1, and DRaaS available as an add-on service.  This 2-Host Cluster will be without an SLA, supports only the Default EDRS storage policy, and cannot be scaled down from 3+ hosts to 2 hosts.  All other aspects of the 2-Host Cluster are enabled.

What's New April 24, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Seamless disk re-sizing with vSphere Replication for VMware Site Recovery
    • Seamless disk re-sizing allows customers to increase the virtual disks of virtual machines that are configured for replication, without interruption of ongoing replication. The virtual disk on the target site will be automatically resized. For more information about the feature, see Increasing the Size of Replicated Virtual Disks.

What's New April 20, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10v2)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware SD-WAN for Hybrid Cloud
    • The solution provides an optimized and secure WAN overlay to connect users to VMware Cloud on AWS. Dynamic Multipath Optimization™ (DMPO) offers real-time monitoring, packet steering and link remediation on the underlying WAN links between VMware SD-WAN edges and gateways delivering optimal performance. Traffic egressing from branches and destined towards VMware Cloud on AWS, is directed towards the SD-WAN gateway, which leverages Policy-Based IPSec VPN to connect into the VMware Cloud on AWS T0 Gateway. Traffic flows southbound towards a T1 Gateway, and then towards workloads in their respective logical networks, known as segments. Traffic towards branches, from VMware Cloud on AWS, takes the reverse path. The integration is supported on SDDC Version 1.10v2 and beyond. For more information, click here.

What's New April 8, 2020 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • General
    • VMware Cloud on AWS Self-Service: Customers can sign up and start using VMware Cloud on AWS via our website registration process, receiving an immediate invite for the service. Customers can on-board using their credit card and start consuming VMware Cloud on AWS quickly. Option is available in commercial regions, and resource deployment is limited to up to 3 hosts and a single SDDC. Register here, More information is available on our FAQ and Blog.
    • Pre-Charge: Customers that on-board VMware Cloud on AWS using credit card as a default payment method will be charged $2000 USD (+tax) at time of the deployment of their first SDDC. The $2000 USD charge will be used as credit for usage. More information is available on our FAQ.
  • EDRS Rapid Scale Out:
    • With existing EDRS cost and performance policies, scale out of a cluster occurs only after resource demands have remained high for a certain period of time. Once the scale out is triggered, hosts are added conservatively, one at a time. EDRS Rapid Scale Out can be configured to react faster and to add hosts in parallel to allow a cluster to scale out more quickly during a DR event for VDI or other workloads. EDRS Rapid Scale Out maximum thresholds are the same as the EDRS performance policy thresholds. Minimum thresholds, on the other hand, are set to 0%, meaning that scale in should be performed manually once an environment has been recovered and stabilized. More information can be found in the Elastic DRS Policy documentation.

What's New March 10, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.10)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • General
    • Increased notification channels: In addition to the Activity Log UI, you can now find activity and notification log in these new channels.
      • Webhook API (in preview) - Enables customers to subscribe to notification events and have the events pushed to any 3rd party destination, such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, etc. The events that are available through the webhook are listed in the notification documentation
      • VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud (Available) - All activity and notification log events are now available. The event filters can be found in the vRealize Log Insight Cloud documentation.
    • SDDC Upgrades:
  • Flexible vCenter Permissions during upgrades
    • Flexible vCenter permissions model for role-based access. Existing SDDCs that do not currently support flexible vCenter permissions will now get the feature as part of the next upgrade. This capability enables cloud administrators to create custom roles and assign more granular permissions to users and groups. These permissions can be assigned to users and groups globally or for specific vCenter objects.
  • Stretched Clusters 
    • Stretched Clusters are now supported in the Sao Paulo region.
  • Networking
    • Enhancements to DNS UI. Users can now enter the DNS server IP addresses in the DNS service section. Previously, users had to configure the server in the DNS zones section. Users can now insert a description to the DNS service, add tags and view stats on the DNS service section.
    • Resolved Issues:
      • This release resolves an issue with IP address range expansion, which caused the server to become overloaded, which in turn caused the API and UI to be unreachable.
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud
    • Log events from the Activity Log UI are now available in VMware vRealize Log Insight Cloud. This includes all activities performed by org members as well as historical notification events.
  • Large SDDC
    • Deploy Large SDDC with large size NSX Edge and VC using deployment time APIs. Recommended for large size deployments with more than 50 hosts/ 4000 VM’s or if the resources (cpu/mem) are oversubscribed in the management cluster
  • Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus
    • Now you can deploy Kubernetes clusters on your VMC clusters using Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Plus. With Tanzu Kubernetes Grid running on VMware Cloud on AWS, customers can deploy production-ready infrastructure that delivers single or multiple Kubernetes clusters. This establishes a reliable foundation for cloud native application management and application modernization. Please refer to KB 78173 for detailed support matrix. 

What's New January 16, 2020 (SDDC Version 1.9)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • General
    • Enhanced Activity Log with historical notification events: Customers can now see the log of the historical notification events that were sent to them in the past 6 months in the Activity Log tab in the VMC UI. The notification log events would include maintenance notifications, EDRS add host notification, SDDC upgrade events, etc.
    • SDDC Upgrades:

  • VMware Site Recovery
    • vSphere Replication Configuration Import/Export Tool: VMware Site Recovery™ now offers vSphere Replication Configuration Import/Export Tool, which can be used to export and import configuration data of replications in vSphere Replication. If you plan to migrate vSphere Replication configuration to a different host, you can use the tool to export replication settings and the related objects into an XML file. You can then import the configuration data from the previously exported file. You can find more details about the tool in VMware Site Recovery documentation covering Exporting and Importing Replication Groups Configuration Data.
    • There are new known issues for DRaaS as a part of this release. Please visit VMware Site Recovery Release Notes for more information.

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway
    • Resolved Issues:
      • vCenter Cloud Gateway auto updates are no longer impacted by the expiry of the vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance root password
      • Fixed compatibility between the vCenter Cloud Gateway and on-premises vCenter version 6.7 Update 3 which was preventing customers from managing their on-premises inventory through the Cloud Gateway. This compatibility issue has also been addressed when customers configure Hybrid Linked Mode directly from the VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter to an on-premises vCenter version 6.7 Update 3.
      • Fixed an issue introduced in the prior version that prevented the installation of the vCenter Cloud Gateway against custom SSO domain names
      • Fixed an issue where the vCenter Cloud Gateway UI installer would initialize a prior version of the OVA if there were multiple instances of the installer deployed

  • Storage
    • VM Level Space reporting on vSAN: Gain better visibility of VM capacity consumption in the vSphere Client across all levels. Customers can now see information about the space consumed before and after a policy is applied, VM level space consumption for vSAN as well as the storage policy associated with a VM. 
    • Visibility of vSphere Replication objects in vSAN capacity view:  Customers can also view vSphere Replication objects in the vSAN Capacity View

  • Networking
    • Jumbo Frame support for traffic over Direct Connect: This feature enables customer to increase payload size to 8900 bytes per packet over Direct Connect. Customers can achieve higher throughput for their SDDC to Data Center traffic over VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) or directly going over Direct Connect when the end to end path supports Jumbo Frames. This can be configured on the Global Configuration page when the Direct Connect VIF is set to Jumbo MTU size. Please see the product documentation for more details
    • Enhancements to Firewall UI: Gateway Firewall and Distributed Firewall UI have been enhanced. 
      • Users can dynamically re-prioritize rules by dragging and dropping them into place. Users can also filter rules by name, source, destination or service and can edit rules inline on the UI. For more information, please visit the documentation on the Compute and Management Gateways
    • Enhancements to Distributed Firewall: 
      • Users can now set the Distributed Firewall to block all traffic using the Whitelist option. The default rule under Distributed Firewall remains set to allow all traffic (under the Blacklist setting). 
      • Distributed Firewall Rules can be saved as drafts, making it easier to stage and compare proposed rules against the published configuration. 
      • Each rule has statistics including the hit count, packet count, session count, byte count and popularity index as well as maximums seen versus current hit counts.
      • For more information please visit the product documentation
    • Enhancements to Inventory Groups: Groups functionality has been enhanced with additional membership criteria. 
      • Users can dynamically mix and match criteria with boolean (AND/OR) logic. 
      • Groups can be nested with Groups, making it easier for users to build hierarchical rules for Gateway and Distributed Firewall. 
      • A maximum of 500 VMs can be added to a Group.
      • For more information please visit the product documentation
    • Improvements to Internal Monitoring: VMware has improved internal monitoring of the following critical components and resources to proactively identify and address customer issues:
      • Logical network: data transmitted/ received by Management Gateway and Compute Gateway per logical segment
      • Physical network: data transmitted/ received per network interface
      • Edge Node resources: CPU utilization per core
    • NSX Policy API: The NSX-T Policy API features new API specifications. The VMC Networking UI utilizes the new API to create objects. We recommend updating tools that rely on the API to the new version. As with every release, please consult the API specs and product documentation for more details
    • Resolved Issues: 
      • This release resolves an issue that caused the routing daemon to crash, in turn causing the edge to failover
      • This release fixes a previously identified memory leak issue, and contains performance improvements on networking components

What's New January 13, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Cloud on AWS 1-year or 3-year monthly payment option
    Additional monthly payment option for the 1-year or 3-year commitment. An ability to pay for the 1 or 3 yearly term through monthly installments. This capability will allow customer increased flexibility in their payment options – not only paying for the subscription through upfront expenditure, but now customers will be able to pay monthly for the commitment terms. For more details see VMware Cloud on AWS FAQ

 

What's New January 10, 2020

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Region: Europe (Stockholm)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the Europe (Stockholm) region. 

 

What's New November 26th, 2019 (SDDC Version 1.8v3)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Resolved Issues
    The following issues have been resolved in this release
    • Virtual machines configured with vmxnet3 NIC might hang or consume excessive CPU cycles.
    • Add host operation fails during ESX data plane upgrade as vCenter is unable to push CA certificates and CRLs to new host

 

What's New November 21st, 2019

  • Known Issue
    SDDC Version 1.8 and 1.8v2 have a known issue - Virtual machines configured with vmxnet3 NIC might hang or consume excessive CPU cycles. Please read the VMware Knowledge Base article here for more information.

 

What's New November 18th, 2019

  • Enhanced Navigation and SDDC Views in the VMware Cloud (VMC) Console
    The VMware Cloud on AWS service now offers two new enhancements to navigation and SDDC views in the VMC console:
    • Left Side Nav: The VMC console user interface has been reorganized to the move top-level navigation tabs to the left-hand side of the screen.  This navigation can be opened or closed at the customer's preference.  This new navigation provides more screen space as well as enables future expansion to additional options from the navigation panel.
    • SDDC Grid View: In addition to the card view, the VMC console user SDDC interface now offers a grid view. The grid view displays the same information currently found in the SDDC card view, but represented in a grid with each row representing a single SDDC deployment. This makes it easy to view a customer's fleet of SDDCs when there are multiple SDDC deployments.  Both card and grid views can be easily toggled from the VMC console.

 

What's New November 3rd, 2019

  • VMware Site Recovery 1-year and 3-year subscriptions
    Avail of significant cost savings compared on-demand consumption with VMware Site Recovery 1-year and 3-year subscriptions. In addition to the on-demand model where you can pay as you go for usage of VMware Site Recovery, you can now also commit to and pay upfront for virtual machine protection and secure term discounts for one or three year terms. The commitment is made for a number of virtual machines and a specific region. Once a subscription has been created, hourly usage for a given region up to the cumulative number of virtual machines committed to across all active subscriptions for that region will not incur on-demand VMware Site Recovery charges. Usage over the cumulative committed number of virtual machines in a given region will incur on-demand charges according to prevailing on-demand rates published at https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/pricing. For more details, see the VMware Site Recovery FAQ page and for instructions on how to create a VMware Site Recovery subscription, consult the Getting Started section in the VMware Site Recovery documentation.

 

What's New October 21st, 2019

  • VMware Site Recovery
    VMware Site Recovery™ now supports replication of up to 1,500 virtual machines to a single target VMware Cloud™ on AWS Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), allowing you to protect larger environments. For more details, see Operational Limits of Site Recovery Manager in the VMware Site Recovery documentation.

 

What's New Sept 24th, 2019 (SDDC Version 1.8v2)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway - Managing Roles and Permissions
    Customers can now manage roles and permissions belonging to the VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter through the vCenter Cloud Gateway

  • Networking

    • Networking performance has been improved for UDP traffic flows across the edge. Customers can realize higher throughput for their workloads driving UDP traffic from their SDDCs.
    • VMC workloads now have a larger receive buffer to better handle traffic bursts.
    • VMware has improved internal monitoring of the following critical components and resources to proactively identify and address customer issues:
      • Edge Node
      • Unplanned Failover
      • Edge Memory above 85% threshold
      • ARP Table above 85% threshold
      • Disk saturation
      • Memory saturation
  • Storage

    • vSAN datastores in VMware Cloud on AWS now support multi-writer mode on Thin-Provisioned VMDKs. Previously, vSAN required VMDKs to be Eager Zero Thick provisioned for multi-writer mode to be enabled. This change enables deployment of workloads such as Oracle RAC with Thin-Provisioned, multi-writer shared VMDKs.
  • Resolved Issues

    • This release resolves an issue that caused the IPsec VPN to lose connectivity between the on-premises data center and VMC due to session memory errors.
    • Static IP Configuration - The vCenter Cloud Gateway appliance would deploy with DHCP even when a static IP was configured during installation. This issue has now been fixed
    • Connecting to 6.0 vCenter deployments - The vCenter Cloud Gateway would connect to a 6.0 version of an on-premises vCenter even though this version was not supported for hybrid management through the gateway. This issue has been fixed and during installation the Gateway will no longer connect to vCenter 6.0.

 

What's New Sept 13th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Elastic vSAN availability in new regions
    It is now possible to create Elastic vSAN clusters consisting of R5.metal hosts (including Stretched Clusters) in the following additional regions: US West (N. California), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Canada (Central), EU (Ireland), EU (London), and EU (Paris).
  • Faster host replacement on Elastic vSAN clusters
    In a situation where a single host in an Elastic vSAN cluster needs to be replaced due to a planned maintenance activity or a host hardware failure, the automatic host replacement will now take significantly less time because of optimizations made to the back end processes. Note that there is no change to the VMware Cloud on AWS SLA

 

What's New Aug 30th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Configure HCX Manager FQDN Resolution Address
    Customers are now able to connect to the HCX manager in their SDDC via either a public or private IP address. A private IP address is useful when customers connect to HCX manager either via VPN or via direct connect (DX). A public IP address can be used while connecting over the Internet. This can be configured within the SDDCs “Settings” tab for any SDDC with HCX deployed. For instructions on setting HCX FQDN resolution address, please see the docs here

  • Networking End Of Life (EOL) announcement
    NSX for vSphere (NSX-V) has reached end of life as of August 30, 2019 and will no longer be supported. 

 

What's New Aug 22nd, 2019 (SDDC Version 1.8)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Migration 
    The VMware Cloud on AWS Migration Solution is a prescriptive, step-by-step guide that consolidates relevant documentation and tools and walks customers through the migration process, from the time they are just starting to learn about VMware Cloud on AWS all the way to the final stages of standing up a cloud SDDC and migrating on-premises workloads. As customers step through their migration project, they can track their progress by checking off items that they have completed. For more info, please go to VMware Cloud Solutions

  • Content Library
    Content Library now supports in-place updates of VM templates along with a rich version history. With this feature, users can quickly check out a VM from a VM template managed by Content Library, update it and check it back into Content Library as a new version. One previous version of the template is retained, providing the ability to rollback to it if needed. The timeline view in the Versioning tab provides version history which includes information like the name of the user that triggered the operation and the time of the operation.

  • VMware Cloud Marketplace
    VMware Cloud Marketplace™ enables customers to discover and deploy validated, third-party solutions on VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware Cloud Marketplace™ currently includes content from common use-case categories such as Back-up & Recovery, Endpoint Security and Network Security. In addition to top-tier ISV solutions, VMware Cloud Marketplace™ also includes a catalog of 125+ open-source solutions packaged by Bitnami.

  • Networking

    • NSX Distributed Firewall was previously available as a limited free trial. It is now available as a standard feature on VMware Cloud on AWS. The associated warning has been removed.

    • Fixed an issue with secondary IP address release. This allows the IP address to be reassigned immediately.
    • The policy API provides the capability to view VPN stats for all current sessions in a single command. To read stats for all sessions, call the respective API without specifying any session id. 

  • Multiple Stretched Clusters with Elastic vSAN
    Simplify the management of your large-scale business-critical deployments by creating and managing multiple Stretched Clusters configured with Elastic vSAN within the same VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.  You can now also have a mix of one or more i3.metal Stretched Clusters with one or more Elastic vSAN Stretched Clusters within the same SDDC.

  • Elastic vSAN dynamic storage scale-up
    Right-size your Elastic vSAN cluster for your growing storage-dense workloads by dynamically increasing the storage capacity of the entire cluster without  having to add any new hosts, re-provision the cluster, or migrate any workloads off it. In a single operation triggered from the VMware Cloud console or API, storage capacity is added to each existing host across the entire cluster in increments of 5,000 GiB per host up to a maximum of 35,000 GiB per host. This new capability is only supported with Elastic vSAN clusters which combine the enterprise-grade capabilities of VMware vSAN with the automated provisioning and elasticity of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes.

  • Storage
    VMware Cloud on AWS storage, powered by vSAN, now offers better performance on i3.metal hosts. Applications will now benefit from more consistent latencies (i.e. reduced jitter) and increased sequential I/O throughput. vSAN now also offers new robust handling of capacity constrained situations by pausing resync traffic and initiating rebalancing to even out capacity across disks and disk groups. vSAN Policy reconfigurations are also handled more efficiently by batching resync operations and reserving transient space for these operations.

 

What's New June 19th, 2019 (SDDC Version 1.7 Patch 1)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Resolved Issues

    • Active Directory users cannot access vCenter Web Console after SDDC 1.7 release. This issue is now fixed.

    • VM provisioned through vRealize Automation fails to connect to NSX-T logical switch. This issue is now fixed.

 

What's New June 6th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Multi Stretched Clusters
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports multiple Stretched Clusters in an SDDC. Currently, support is limited to I3 instances only. Please note that this feature went live on 24th May. 

 

What's New June 4th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Regions: Asia Pacific (Seoul) and South America (São Paulo)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) and South America (São Paulo) regions. Please note that South America (São Paulo) does not support stretched clusters.

 

What's New June 3rd, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Site Recovery
    • Site Recovery Manager available as appliance for on-prem deployment
      For customers protecting between their on-prem datacenter and VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, reduce layers of complexity associated with Windows Server by leveraging a Linux based operating system - Photon OS, purpose-built for disaster recovery functions. Streamline deployment on-prem by installing the Site Recovery Manager virtual appliance directly from vCenter Server.
    • Enhancements to Site Recovery UI
      Includes ability to import/export configuration, view capacity information in Protection Groups Datastores tab, monitor target datastores in the replication details pane and switch to a dark theme.

 

What's New May 29th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Flexible vCenter permissions model for role-based access
    Customers can now leverage a more flexible permissions model with vCenter Server in VMware Cloud on AWS. This capability enables cloud administrators to create custom roles and assign more granular permissions to users and groups. These permissions can be assigned to users and groups globally or for specific vCenter objects. For more details, please see the documentation

 

What's New May 23rd, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway In-Service Chat
    In-service chat support is now available on the vCenter Cloud Gateway. Customers can now contact our support teams 24/5 using the chat window on the lower right hand side of the vCenter Cloud Gateway user interface.

 

What's New May 20th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Region: Asia Pacific (Mumbai)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region. 

 

What's New May 13th, 2019 (SDDC Version 1.7)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Compute Policies 
    Compute Policies enables customers to define VM placement constraints as preferential policies in their SDDC by leveraging inventory tags. In a multi-cluster environment, a single policy can be defined to constrain the placement of tagged VMs. The following new policies are now supported:

    • VM-Host Anti-Affinity
      A VM-Host anti-affinity policy allows the user to specify anti-affinity relations between a group of VMs and a group of hosts. This can be useful to avoid running general purpose workloads on hosts that are running resource intensive applications to avoid resource contention.

    • VM-VM Affinity
      A VM-VM affinity policy allows the user to specify affinity relations between VMs. VM-VM affinity policies can be useful when two or more VMs can benefit from placement on the same host to keep latency to a minimum. 

  • Networking

    • Direct Connect with VPN as Standby
      This enables customer to utilize one Direct connect link with VPN as Standby. To enable this, Direct Connect Private VIF can be configured with IPSEC VPN as Standby for non-ESXi and non-vMotion traffic

    • ECMP with Route Based IPSEC VPN
      Equal Cost Multi Pathing (ECMP) enables customers to scale the BW across multiple links. With this release, multiple Route Based IPSEC VPN tunnels can be used with ECMP to provide additional bandwidth and connectivity resiliency to on-prem, AWS VPCs, and to AWS TGW

    • DHCP Relay 
      DHCP Relay can be configured within VMware Cloud on AWS so DHCP requests can be forwarded to an external/3rd party DHCP server. Customers can use the native NSX DHCP capabilities in VMware Cloud on AWS or use DHCP Relay to leverage an advanced external/3rd party DHCP server

 

What's New May 10th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Storage Auto Scale up
    Elastic DRS will now automatically enforce our Datastore maximums. Previously, customers were advised to maintain at least 30% "slack space" in their SDDCs. In this release, eDRS has been modified to enforce this limit. Customers are advised to set their internal storage alarms to 70% of capacity consumed. Once the SDDC reaches 75% consumed, eDRS will automatically add a host. This functionality is reflected in the eDRS UI which now lists "Storage Only" scale up instead of "Off".  "Cost Optimized" and "Performance Optimized" eDRS modes continue to work as before. In Storage Only mode, eDRS will scale up only in an emergency and will not scale down. Customers will be billed for any additional hosts added by eDRS. This action is only taken in cases where storage capacity has become dangerously low and emergency action must be taken. 

  • Notification Service
    The new multi-channel notification service would send automated notification to customers for important events. In this release, customers will get notified via email and in-console notification when EDRS adds a host on-behalf of customers when storage utilization exceeds the threshold. Customers can also subscribe to the notification webhook for the events.

  • Multi-AZ Elastic vSAN clusters
    A Stretched Cluster can now be configured with Elastic vSAN. Only a single Elastic vSAN Stretched Cluster is supported within an SDDC.

 

What's New May 6th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Elastic vSAN
    Elastic vSAN, with R5.metal hosts, is a new VMware Cloud on AWS cluster type that gives you a choice of storage capacity options ranging from 15,000 GiB to 35,000 GiB per host, in increments of 5,000 GiB. This new cluster type is suitable for workloads that require high storage capacity. Elastic vSAN combines the enterprise-grade storage capabilities of VMware vSAN with automated provisioning and management of Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes. R5.metal hosts and Elastic vSAN solution is currently available in Oregon, N. Virginia, Ohio and Frankfurt regions.

 

What's New April 19th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Site Recovery
    • ​DR protection of on-premises NSX-T based data centers
      VMware Site Recovery now supports DR protection of on-premises NSX-T based data centers to VMware Cloud on AWS using VMware Site Recovery. For more details, see the VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.1.2 Release Notes.

 

What's New April 5th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • SDDC with External Storage Through an MSP
    Customers can now have additional external storage attached to an SDDC through a managed service provider (MSP). Customers purchase the SDDC and external storage from an MSP. Both the SDDC and storage are managed by the MSP. An SDDC with external storage has three NFS datastores that are backed by MSP cloud storage. This capability is currently offered through Faction as the MSP. The following lists the caveats of VMware Site Recovery with External Storage Through an MSP:

    • Only a single on-premises site can be protected with VMware Site Recovery to a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC attached to external NFS storage through an MSP. 

    • Multi-site disaster recovery topologies are not supported with external NFS storage through an MSP. 

    • All protected VMs should be exclusively replicated to the external NFS storage. Simultaneous replication to vSAN storage/datastore attached to the same SDDC is not supported.

    • VMs running in a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC should not be protected with VMware Site Recovery to another VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC attached to external NFS storage. This configuration is not supported.

    • Only  single Point In Time recovery is supported with VMware Site Recovery and external NFS storage through an MSP.

    • Total number of virtual machine recoveries that you can start simultaneously across multiple recovery plans is 500.

    • Total number of virtual machines that can be protected to a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC attached to external NFS storage through an MSP is 500.  Other VMware Site Recovery limits are listed here: VSR operational limits. Bidirectional Protection is not supported with this configuration.

 

What's New March 8th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Regions: Asia Pacific (Singapore), Canada (Central), and Europe (Paris)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the Asia Pacific (Singapore), Canada (Central), and Europe (Paris) regions. Please note that the Canada (Central) region does not support stretched clusters.

  • VMware Network Insight
    VMware Network Insight helps customers build an optimized, highly available and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. It accelerates micro-segmentation deployment, minimizes business risk during application migration and enables customers to confidently manage and troubleshoot application networking and security across their on-premise and VMware Cloud on AWS environments. VMware Network Insight now supports integration of VMware Cloud on AWS as a data source. VMware Network Insight integration with VMware Cloud on AWS provides the following key capabilities to VMware Cloud on AWS users:

    • Traffic analysis and micro-segmentation planning for VMware Cloud on AWS workloads

    • Migration planning from workloads from on-premises SDDC to VMware Cloud on AWS

    • Hybrid network path troubleshooting that includes VMware Cloud on AWS to on-premises path through gateways  and VP

 

What's New February 26th, 2019 

This release includes the below change

  • Direct Connect BGP Local ASN change
    Direct Connect connection to SDDC now uses BGP Local ASN as 64512. This BGP local ASN is editable and any private ASN from the range 64512 – 65534 can be used. If the selected ASN 64512 is already used on-premises, a different ASN number must be used. Before this change, AWS Public ASN was used as BGP local ASN. The following public ASNs were used - 17493 in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region, 10124 in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region, 9059 in the EU (Ireland) region, and 7224 in other regions.
    Important note around deployments:

    • If you are creating a new Direct Connect virtual interface (VIF), you will only be able to use a private local ASN with VMware Cloud on AWS. 
    • If you want to change an existing public ASN to a private ASN, you must delete any AWS Direct Connect VIF that uses the existing public ASN. 
    • If you change to a private ASN, you will not be able to change back to a public ASN later.
    • If you have an SDDC that is using the prior default public ASN, you can continue using the public ASN for the SDDC.

 

What's New February 20th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Language and Regional Format Support (French, Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese)
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports language and regional format settings in French, Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, in addition to German and Japanese.  These languages are supported in the VMware Cloud on AWS console and in Cloud Service Platform features such as Identity & Access Management, Billing & Subscriptions, and some areas of the Support Center. You can change your display language before you login to the VMware Cloud on AWS console or in your account settings. See Set Language for the VMC Console for more information.
     

What's New February 12th, 2019 (SDDC Version 1.6)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • VMware Site Recovery

    • Site Recovery connectivity checker in Troubleshooting tab
      Accelerate your deployment of VMware Site Recovery™ using single-click tests from the Troubleshooting tab of the SDDC in the VMware Cloud on AWS console. These tests can help to identify network connectivity issues affecting VMware Site Recovery™. The tests verify connectivity from the current SDDC toward the remote site, which itself can be an on-premises site or another VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. The "Site Recovery" option will show up in the use case drop-down menu of the Troubleshooting tab when the Site Recovery add-on is active for the SDDC.

    • Support for fan-in and other multi-site topologies
      VMware Site Recovery™ now supports fan-in and other multi-site topologies, allowing you to connect a single VMware Cloud™ on AWS SDDC that is based on NSX-T to multiple on-premises sites and/or to other VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs for disaster recovery purposes. You can pair up to ten remote sites with a single SDDC. You can recover virtual machines from multiple protected sites to the same VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, or recover different sets of virtual machines from a single VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to multiple recovery sites. Other complex multi-site topologies are also now possible provided you can establish network connectivity between the remote sites and the shared VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. For more details on multi-site topologies, see the VMware Site Recovery documentation.

  • Custom CPU Core Count
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports Custom CPU Core Count capability. This capability gives you more flexibility in configuring SDDC clusters and allows you to reduce costs for running mission-critical applications licensed per-core. Before, you were not able to specify how many CPU cores per host you want in your cluster. It was always all CPU cores enabled: 36 for I3 or 48 for R5 host types. Now, you can also select 8 or 16 CPU cores per host to better tailor your SDDC cluster for your needs. For more information on how to use the feature, see this blog post and the Add Cluster documentation.

  • Native support for Microsoft SQL Server Clustering
    vSAN now natively supports shared disks in multi-writer mode, without the need for iSCSI setup. This is intended to be used for clustering applications that require shared disks. Supports 2,4, and 8 node application clusters and up to 64 shared disks per application cluster. Some operations such as storage vMotion, snapshots, and cloning operations are not supported.

  • Networking

    • Default Logical Network change
      To avoid overlapping IP issues with default logical network, during SDDC deployment a network with CIDR 192.168.1.0/24 will not be created. If a customer is deploying 2/3 or more node SDDC, it is the customer's responsibility to create a network with appropriate CIDR that doesn't overlap. However, in the case of one node SDDC, default logical network is created.

    • BGP Routes from On-premises available in VPN UI/API 
      If customers configures Route Based VPN, in the VPN UI and API  they will be able to see the routes advertised from on-premises. This helps in identifying any connectivity related issues.

    • Overview network topology now shows Source NAT public IP
      Under the networking security tab the topology view will show the Source NAT IP. 

  • Resolved Issues

    • Intermittent packet drops through Edge Firewall - Intermittent packets drops for a particular session was due to the removal of firewall state after receiving  ICMP unreachable packets. We have fixed this by handling the ICMP unreachable packets.

    • Missing Routes caused connectivity issues over Direct Connect - Some customers lost connectivity to vCenter and workloads over Direct connect. This issues is now fixed by making sure the routes are updated properly.

    • Policy based VPN tunnel to On-Premises VPN device behind NAT doesn't work - Customers who established Policy based VPN tunnel from VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to a VPN device sitting behind NAT on-premises had connectivity issues. This was due to the use of wrong port for communication. This is now fixed.

 

What's New February 8th, 2019 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Rename an SDDC
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports SDDC renaming. An SDDC can be renamed whenever necessary, with no change to configuration or functionality.  The SDDC ID will remain unchanged. To rename an SDDC from the VMC console, select "Rename SDDC" from the Actions menu on the SDDC card. SDDCs can also be renamed through the API.  

  • Delete Restricted Role
    The VMware Cloud on AWS service now supports an additional service role named Administrator (Delete Restricted). This role has full cloud administrator rights to all service features in the VMware Cloud on AWS console but cannot delete SDDCs or clusters within an organization.  This role can be assigned and changed by a user with organization owner privileges, so the role should be assigned along with the role of organization member to prevent modification. When multiple service roles are assigned to an organization user, permissions are granted for the most permissive role. This means that if the Administrator (Delete Restricted) role is selected along with the Administrator role, a user will be able to delete SDDCs and clusters. To ensure proper enforcement of the role, organization owners should select only Administrator (Delete Restricted) to ensure that an organization member cannot delete an SDDC or cluster. A user must log out and then log back in for a new service role to take effect. For more details, read about how to Assign a Role to an Organization Member.

 

What's New December 19th, 2018 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Language and Regional Format Support (German)
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports language and regional format settings in German. German is supported in the VMware Cloud on AWS console and in Cloud Service Platform features such as Identity & Access Management, Billing & Subscriptions, and some areas of the Support Center. You can change your display language before you login to the VMware Cloud on AWS console or in your account settings. See Set Language for the VMC Console for more information.

 

What's New December 18th, 2018 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

Definitions

*Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available

  • VMware Site Recovery™

    • Support for fan-in and other multi-site topologies (*Preview)
      VMware Site Recovery™ now supports fan-in and other multi-site topologies, allowing you to connect a single VMware Cloud™ on AWS SDDC that is based on NSX-T to multiple on-premises sites and/or to other VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs for disaster recovery purposes. You can pair up to four remote sites with a single SDDC. You can recover virtual machines from multiple protected sites to the same VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, or recover different sets of virtual machines from a single VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to multiple recovery sites. Other complex multi-site topologies are also now possible provided you can establish network connectivity between the remote sites and the shared VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. For more details on multi-site topologies, see the VMware Site Recovery documentation.

 

What's New December 7th, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.5 Patch 2)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • DR protect up to 1000 VMs per SDDC
    VMware Site Recovery now allows you to replicate up to 1,000 VMs to a single target VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC, allowing you to DR protect larger environments with the service. For more details about the new operational limits, consult the Operational Limits section in the VMware Site Recovery documentation.

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway
    The vCenter Cloud Gateway is an appliance that you can download and install on-premises to connect your on-premises and Cloud vCenters. It joins the on-premises Single Sign On (SSO) domain and allows you to configure Hybrid Linked Mode to manage the hybrid resources from the on-premises data center. vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) allows you to link the VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter to an on-premises vCenter to provide a Hybrid management interface across Cloud and on-premises resources. With HLM, you can view and manage the on-premise and Cloud vCenters from a single pane of glass and perform hybrid operations such as workload mobility across the two environments. The vCenter Cloud Gateway supports on-premises vCenter(s) version 6.5 patch d or later.

  • BGP ASN configuration option over Direct Connect
    During the Direct Connect Private VIF configuration, you now have option to choose the BGP ASN. By default, the AWS Public ASN of the region is configured. You can change that to a Private ASN before the Private VIF is attached.

  • Resolved Issues
    • Edge FW policies not working with VPN
      In the deployments using route-based VPN over Direct Connect, the Edge FW didn't allow traffic according to the user-defined rules. This issue is now fixed.

    • VPN tunnel flapping
      VPN tunnels were repeatedly disconnected and re-established due to the failure of the active Edge device. The Edge failure was due to a memory leak issue, which is now fixed.

    • Unable to modify FW policy or perform vMotion
       A memory utilization issue with NSX manager caused API failures for the following actions. This issue is now fixed.

      • Change FW policies

      • Perform vMotion
    • DHCP traffic failure
      Logical network/switch security policy blocked DHCP traffic. The policy has now been modified to handle DHCP requests.

    • Loss of VM connectivity after Upgrade
      A stateful DFW Data structure change across the releases caused a connectivity issue after upgrade. This is now fixed.

    • Loss of connectivity to HCX components
      An Edge segmentation fault was the reason for the loss of connectivity to HCX components. This issue is now fixed.

  • Deployment Issues
    • Unsupported deployment with Direct Connect/Route-based VPN to on-premises data center and Policy-based VPN to AWS VPCs
      If you advertise default route (0.0.0.0/0) from you on-premises data cneter over Direct Connect or a route-based VPN, you can't then use a policy-based VPN to other VPCs with specific routes. We recommend you advertise specific routes over Direct Connect or route based VPN, and then configure a policy-based VPN to AWS VPCs.

 

What's New November 16th, 2018 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Regions: US East (Ohio) and US West (N. California)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the US West (N. California), and US East (Ohio). Please note that the US West (N. California) region does not currently support stretched clusters.

 

What's New November 13th, 2018 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Region: Europe (Ireland)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the Europe (Ireland) region.

 

What's New November 11th, 2018 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • New Region: Asia Pacific (Tokyo)
    Customers can now deploy SDDCs in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.

  • Language and Regional Format Support (Japanese)
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports language and regional format settings in Japanese. Japanese is supported in the VMware Cloud on AWS console and in Cloud Service Platform features such as Identity & Access Management, Billing & Subscriptions, and some areas of the Support Center. You can change your display language before you login to the VMware Cloud on AWS console or in your account settings. See How Do I Change My Language and Regional Format for more information.

 

What's New November 2nd, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.5 Patch 1)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

The following new features and changes are Available or in *Preview for the new release:

Definitions

Available: Feature now available for use by applicable customers and may not be available in all AWS regions

*Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available

Features listed below are Available unless otherwise indicated as *Preview.

  • VMware Site Recovery™

    • Support for NSX-T 
      VMware Site Recovery now supports protecting workloads to or from VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs based on NSX-T, giving users more flexibility and control over their networking configuration for their disaster recovery needs.

    • Fan-out Topology Improvements - Activate DR with Custom SRM Extension ID 
      VMware Site Recovery can now be activated on an SDDC with a custom extension ID. This allows you to pair this instance with an on-premises Site Recovery Manager installation using a custom plug-in identifier or a VMware Site Recovery instance on another SDDC deployed with the same custom extension ID. This makes it easier to incrementally implement fan-out disaster recovery topologies. For example, if you already have an on-premises Site Recovery Manager installation deployed with the default plug-in identifier and paired with another on-premises Site Recovery Manager instance or with another VMware Cloud SDDC, you can now install a second on-premises Site Recovery Manager in the same vCenter Server instance with a non-default custom plug-in identifier and pair it to a newly deployed VMware Site Recovery instance activated with the same custom extension ID.

  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX)

    • Support for NSX-T SDDCs 
      HCX supports all capabilities in both NSX for vSphere and NSX-T SDDCs.

    • Support for Private VIF
      HCX-enabled NSX-T SDDCs also support the ability to leverage the Direct Connect private VIF option for the HCX interconnects. 

  • Multi-cluster Support for NSX-T
    Customers can now configure multiple clusters per SDDC using enhanced networking capabilities with NSX-T.

  • Stretched Cluster Support for NSX-T
    Customers can configure Stretched Clusters using enhanced networking capabilities with NSX-T. Only a single cluster can be configured in a Stretched Cluster SDDC. 

  • i3p to i3.Metal Transition
    VMware will be moving all customers from the i3p instance type to the i3.Metal instance type. This is a minor firmware revision and should have no customer impact. 

  • SDDC Sizing Clarification 
    VMware is clarifying our documentation to state that our recommended maximum for clusters in VMware Cloud on AWS is 16 nodes. We suggest customers plan for clusters of 16 nodes or fewer. This will clarify our customer sizing recommendation and will align all our documentation to a single number.

  • Data at Rest Encryption 
    All customer SDDC data at rest will be natively encrypted by vSAN. vSAN will use AWS Key Management Service for managing encryption keys. Similar to deduplication & compression, vSAN encryption at rest cannot be turned on or off for individual clusters. It is a cluster-wide setting that is always on by default when a cluster is provisioned in the SDDC. Customers have the option to change the KEK (Key Encryption Key) either through vSAN API or through the vSphere UI.

  • Expanded Networking Support 

    • Direct Connect Private VIF for Management Appliance and Workload Traffic
      VMware Cloud on AWS allows management appliance and workload traffic over Direct Connect private VIF. This eliminates the need for separate VPN tunnels for these traffic types and simplifies the hybrid connectivity for customers.

    • Route-based VPN and Redundancy 
      This support for dynamic routing protocol simplifies the VPN configuration and provides redundancy against tunnel failures.

    • Distributed Firewall (Micro-segmentation)
      Distributed Firewall enables granular control over East-West traffic between application workloads running in a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. Security policies are dynamically enforced at the VM-level, preventing security threats from spreading across the network. Customers are able to define policies based on application constructs, such as workload attributes (for example,  VM names) and user-defined tags. Security policies follow workloads wherever they are moved inside the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. These dynamic security policies provide operational simplicity compared to traditional IP-based firewall rules.

    • Granular Visibility through IPFIX and Port Mirroring 
      IPFIX provides flow-level visibility and port mirroring provides packet-level visibility across all VMs running on an overlay network inside the SDDC. Flow and packet data can be consumed by third-party tools for application performance monitoring, security analysis, and troubleshooting.

    • Enhanced Connectivity to enable Automation and Partner Solutions 
      VMware Cloud on AWS now provides native connectivity across workloads, management appliances (vCenter Server), and ESXi hosts, which improves performance and throughput, and simplifies configuration for automation and backup-restore solutions. For example, PowerCLI scripts can now access vCenter Server and automate common VM operations or partner solutions deployed as Proxy VMs can connect to vCenter Server and ESXi for backup-restore operations.

    • Firewall Logging
      Firewall Logging enables customers to log packets for specific firewall rules configured as part of Compute Gateway, Management Gateway and Distributed Firewall. As customers configure a firewall rule, they have a choice to enable logging for the rule. The packets logs will be forwarded to the Log Intelligence Service. Customers can access the packet logs through the Log Intelligence Service. Log Intelligence customers would need to enable ingestion of these logs from the User Interface (As a default setting, ingestion of firewall logs is disabled). Once enabled, the logging will incur subscription charges based on the Log Intelligence pricing model. Please refer to the Log Intelligence site for more information on the various subscription models.

  • Log Intelligence Usage Report
    Usage report in Log Intelligence provides accurate insight into daily log consumption across multiple sources (syslog, firewall logs, application logs, and so on). For example, during the initial free trial customers can use this report to track the firewall log consumption to more accurately plan their pricing model.

  • Backups now supports datastores with names containing special characters - Previously, some implementations of backup solutions were incompatible with the URL encoding scheme expected by vCenter when using HTTP access to vSphere server files

 

What's New September 10th, 2018 

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Three Host SDDC
    The minimum cluster size for SDDC deployments has been reduced to three hosts.  These are considered full production SDDCs and will be treated like four host SDDCs from an SLA and supportability point of view.  Customers can scale up to four hosts or down to three hosts by simply adding or removing hosts from existing SDDCs.  New SDDCs can be created by selecting three hosts at deployment time.

 

What's New September 6th, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.5)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

The following new features and changes are Available or in *Preview for the new release:

Definitions

Available: Feature now available for use by applicable customers and may not be available in all AWS regions

*Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available

Features listed below are Available unless otherwise indicated as *Preview.

  • New Payment Method: Pay by Invoice
    VMware Cloud on AWS now supports the pay by invoice payment method which allows you to pay for your services in arrears. To set up pay by invoice, contact your VMware sales representative, or create a support request in the Support Center.

  • Compute Policies
    Compute Policies enable customers to define VM placement constraints as preferential policies in their SDDC by leveraging inventory tags. In a multi-cluster environment, a single policy can be defined to constrain the placement of tagged VMs using the following capabilities:

    • Simple VM-Host Affinity
      This capability constrains the placement of tagged VMs on specifically tagged hosts in each cluster, thereby circumventing the need to define rules on a per-cluster basis. 

    • VM-VM Anti-Affinity
      This policy allows the user to specify anti-affinity relations between a group of VMs. These groups of VMs are identified using vSphere tags. The policy automatically applies to all the VMs that have the tags specified in the policy. DRS will try to ensure that all the VMs in the vCenter that have the policy's VM-tag, are preferably placed on separate hosts.

    • Disable DRS vMotion
      This policy allows the user to specify that a virtual machine not be migrated away from the host on which it was powered-on, unless the host is placed into maintenance mode. 

  • Data at Rest Encryption (*Preview)
    All customer SDDC data at rest will be natively encrypted by vSAN. vSAN will use AWS Key Management Service for managing encryption keys. Similar to deduplication & compression, vSAN encryption at rest cannot be turned on or off for individual clusters, it is a cluster-wide setting that is always on by default when a cluster is provisioned in the SDDC. Customers have the option to change the KEK (Key Encryption Key) either through vSAN API or through the vSphere UI.

  • VMware Site Recovery

    • New region: APJ (Sydney): VMware Site Recovery now supports activation on SDDCs provisioned in the APJ (Sydney) region of VMware Cloud on AWS.

    • Automating Cluster Scaling with Elastic DRS: Optimize resource management of your DR cluster after fail-over by automating cluster scaling with Elastic DRS.

  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension

    • New region: APJ (Sydney): VMware HCX now supports activation on SDDCs provisioned in the APJ (Sydney) region of VMware Cloud on AWS.

    • VMware Cloud Motion with vSphere Replication (*Preview): HCX is introducing Cloud Motion with vSphere Replication enabling vSphere Replication Assisted vMotion capabilities. This feature allows bulk migrations with the operational parallelism of vSphere Replication and the no-downtime semantics of vMotion.

    • New vRealize Operations Management Pack: A new vRealize Operations Management Pack for HCX is now available. This management pack helps monitor, provides dashboards & reports, and triggers problem alerts for the HCX components and services. 

  • Elastic DRS
    The Elastic Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automatically scales the number of hosts up or down in an SDDC cluster based on CPU, memory, and storage utilization. Customers enable Elastic DRS per cluster and choose between a cost or performance based policy that determines how eager the algorithm will be to remove a host. The monitoring interval is five minutes and customers can choose the minimum and maximum number of hosts in the cluster. Elastic DRS is not available for single host SDDCs. This feature was previously in Preview and is now Available.

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway (*Preview)
    The vCenter Cloud Gateway provides a single pane of glass to manage hybrid cloud resources from a customer's on-premises data center. It is delivered as an appliance that customers download and install on-premises and configure to link to the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC using vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM). Effectively, the vCenter Cloud Gateway allows customers to manage the Cloud SDDC as an extension of their on-premises data center, enabling workload migration to the cloud and back using common workflows in the vSphere HTML5 Client. The vCenter Cloud Gateway supports on-premises vCenter(s) version 6.5 patch d or later.  

  • VMware Cloud on AWS Migration Assessment powered by Cost Insight
    The free Migration Assessment utilizes VMware Cost Insight to enable cloud administrators to calculate the capacity and cost required to migrate workloads from private clouds to VMware Cloud on AWS. The Network Insight integration with Migration Assessment allows admins to discover and select applications for migration, taking into account application dependencies while assessing the migration of workloads. Migration Assessment allows cloud admins to:

    • Plan in advance any capacity needed on VMware Cloud on AWS for a migration.
    • Calculate the investment required to migrate workloads.
    • Get additional visibility to network egress costs and application dependencies.
  • VMware Cloud on AWS Audit Log Support 
    VMware Cloud on AWS customers can access VMware Cloud on AWS audit logs through Log Intelligence for faster monitoring and troubleshooting as a core service.  

  • Content Library: Import and Sync OVA Templates
    Content Library now supports importing and syncing OVA templates with checks for certificate and manifest files.  The OVA contents will be checked for data consistency, un-packaged, and imported into Content Library.

  • Storage as a Service (*Preview)
    This feature enables customers to consume Faction Cloud storage attached to an SDDC. The storage is offered through Faction as the Managed Service Provider. 

  • VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS
    VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications.  It combines the enterprise capabilities of VMware’s SDDC, delivered as a service on AWS with the market leading capabilities of VMware Horizon for a simple, secure and scalable solution.  Customers deploying Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS can now preview Instant Clone, App Volumes, and User Environment Manager, in addition to running Full Clones in production. 

  • Cloud Automation Services: VMware Cloud Assembly®
    VMware Cloud Assembly is a multi-cloud, declarative blueprint orchestration and automation solution that enables infrastructure as code for expedited infrastructure consumption and application delivery while reducing manual effort and the need for cloud specific knowledge. The ability to share content and deployments among project teams increases collaboration and agility.  Cloud Assembly supports the following:

    • VMware Cloud on AWS as a dedicated endpoint in cloud zones – enables teams to easily provision to VMware Cloud on AWS, AWS Native, or an SDDC-based private cloud and later edit deployments based on any updates to the Cloud Assembly blueprint.
    • Provision workloads directly to VMware Cloud on AWS using Cloud Assembly blueprints via a GUI, CLI or API.
    • Use existing NSX-T networks through Cloud Assembly and Service Broker when provisioning to VMware Cloud on AWS
      • Benefit: NSX -T constructs are surfaced within Cloud Automation services which will automate the discover of existing networks. These networks can then be associated with VMware Cloud on AWS deployments.
    • Initial AWS services available at launch include:
      • S3
      • RDS (Instance)
      • RDS (Cluster)
      • Glacier
      • Lambda
      • OpsWorks (support Puppet/Config Management in AWS)
    • Add Wavefront by VMware for additional metrics and monitoring.
  • Cloud Automation Services: VMware Service Broker®
    VMware Service Broker is an aggregator of services across multiple cloud platforms as well as a single access point for consumption (catalog) with guardrails for a range of services including Cloud Assembly blueprints and AWS Cloud Formation templates.  Service Broker supports the following:

    • VMware Cloud on AWS as a dedicated endpoint in cloud zones – enables teams to easily provision to VMware Cloud on AWS, AWS Native or an SDDC based private cloud using Service Broker.
    • Publish any VMware Cloud on AWS blueprints that have been defined and created to the Service Broker as well as the ability to consume other services and templates from AWS with access based on assigned roles.
    • Surface native AWS services as catalog items
      • Initial AWS services available by M5 launch include:
        • S3
        • RDS (Instance)
        • RDS (Cluster)
        • Glacier
        • Lambda
        • OpsWorks (support Puppet/Config Management in AWS)
    • Add Wavefront by VMware for additional metrics and monitoring
  • Cloud Automation Services: VMware Code Stream®
    VMware Code Stream provides release automation and continuous delivery to enable frequent, reliable releases of application and IT code for development and operations teams.  Service Broker supports the following:

    • Model release pipelines (continuous delivery) that test and release code into VMware Cloud on AWS workloads using Code Stream.
    • Increased visibility into the release process via release and KPI dashboards within the tool.
    • Add Wavefront by VMware for additional metrics and monitoring.

 

What's New August 14, 2018 

The August 14, 2018 release includes the following changes

 

What's New August 3, 2018 

The August 3, 2018 release includes the following changes

  • New Region: Asia Pacific (Sydney)
    Customers can now deploy an SDDC in the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region. This region does not currently support stretched clusters.

 

What's New July 19, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.4 Patch 2)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

The following new features and changes are Available or in *Preview for the new release:

Definitions

Available: Feature now available for use by applicable customers and may not be available in all AWS regions

*Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available

Features listed below are Available unless otherwise indicated as *Preview.

  • Deferred AWS Account Connection
    This new capability allows for provisioning single-host SDDCs before a connection to an AWS account has been established. Prior to this feature release, establishing a connection to an AWS account was a mandatory step on the way to provisioning an SDDC. It is now possible to run a single-host SDDC for up to 14 days without establishing the connection to the AWS account. A connection to an AWS account must be established prior to scaling-up the single-host to a four-host configuration. Establishing a connection to an AWS account creates a unique, high-bandwidth, low-latency connection between your SDDC and your AWS resources with no cross-AZ charges.

  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
    MFA is a security enhancement that requires you to present two pieces of evidence upon signing in: something you know such as your password, and something you have such as an application that generates a one-time passcode. MFA helps protect access to your data by adding an extra layer of security. For more information about using MFA, see How Do I Secure My Account Using Multi-Factor Authentication.

  • International Payment Method Support
    You can now pay for VMware Cloud on AWS in various currencies using a credit card and promotional credits. The address of your organization determines the currency in which you are charged. For more information, see How Is My Payment Currency Determined.

  • Expanded Networking Support with NSX-T (*Preview)

    • NSX-T (*Preview)
      NSX-T is a networking and security platform built for scale and performance. It supports a number of heterogeneous platforms and endpoints including public cloud environments and cloud native platforms using containers in addition to vSphere-based environments. 

    • Direct Connect Private VIF for Management appliance and workload traffic (*Preview)
      VMware Cloud on AWS allows management appliance and workload traffic over Direct Connect Private VIF. This eliminates the need for separate VPN tunnels for these traffic types and simplifies the hybrid connectivity for customers.

    • Route-based VPN and Redundancy (*Preview)
      This support for dynamic routing protocol simplifies the VPN configuration and provides redundancy against tunnel failures.

    • Distributed Firewall (Micro-segmentation) (*Preview):
      Distributed Firewall enables granular control over East-West traffic between application workloads running in a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. Security policies are dynamically enforced at the VM-level, preventing security threats from spreading across the network. Customers are able to define policies based on application constructs, such as workload attributes (e.g. VM names) and user-defined tags. Security policies follow workloads wherever they are moved inside the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC. These dynamic security policies provide operational simplicity compared to traditional IP-based firewall rules.

    • Granular visibility through IPFIX and Port mirroring (*Preview): 
      IPFIX provides flow-level visibility and port mirroring provides packet-level visibility across all VMs running on an overlay network inside the SDDC. Flow and packet data can be consumed by third-party tools for application performance monitoring, security analysis, and troubleshooting.

    • Enhanced connectivity to enable automation and partner solutions (*Preview)
      VMware Cloud on AWS now provides native connectivity across workloads, management appliances (i.e., vCenter Server), and ESXi hosts, improving performance and throughput and simplifying configuration for automation and backup-restore solutions. For example, PowerCLI scripts accessing vCenter Server and automating common VM operations or partner solutions deployed as Proxy VMs connecting to vCenter Server and ESXi for backup-restore operations.

  • Cross VDS version vMotion Compatibility
    With this advanced configuration option enabled, bi-directional vMotion between on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS can be achieved across different virtual distributed switch (VDS) versions (greater than or equal to version 6.0). This must be enabled on the on-premises vCenter. 

  • Elastic DRS (*Preview)
    The Elastic Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) automatically scales the number of hosts up or down in an SDDC cluster based on CPU, memory, and storage utilization. Customers enable Elastic DRS per cluster and choose between a cost or performance based policy that determines how eager the algorithm will be to add a host to the cluster. The monitoring interval is five minutes and customers can choose the minimum and maximum number of hosts in the cluster.

  • Multi-Cluster Support
    This feature enables customers to add additional clusters to their SDDCs. VMware Cloud on AWS will support a maximum of 10 clusters per SDDC, but customer organizations may have lower "soft" limits set. To raise these limits, please contact the customer success team or reach out through chat. Additional clusters will support customer workloads only and share the management infrastructure running on the first cluster.  

  • SDDC Domain Change
    The domain name for newly deployed SDDCs can now show as *.vmwarevmc.com for some SDDCs in place of *.vmware.com.  This will only impact newly deployed SDDCs, all existing SDDCs will retain the original domain. There is no impact to the VMC console (vmc.vmware.com), only the URL used to access vCenter.

 

What's New June 13, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.4 Patch 1)

The June 13, 2018 release includes the following changes

  • Security updates for speculative execution vulnerabilities
    This release provides Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for CVE-2018-3639 (Speculative Store Bypass) and Microcode Mitigations for CVE-2018-3640 (Rogue System Register Read).  Please see VMware KB Article 54951 for further information.

 

What's New June 7, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.4)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

The following new features and changes are Available or in *Preview for the new release:

Definitions

Available: Feature now available for use by applicable customers and may not be available in all AWS regions

*Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available

Features listed below are Available unless otherwise indicated as *Preview.

  • New Region: EU (Frankfurt)
    VMware Cloud on AWS is now available in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) Region.  This release continues to expand regional coverage and introduces capabilities to continue improving enterprise readiness and enhancing access through flexible, frictionless consumption.  Please refer to the VMware Cloud on AWS pricing website for the latest pricing: https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/pricing.

  • Compliance Certifications and Attestations
    VMware Cloud on AWS ihas achieved the following industry certifications and attestations: ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA.  Additionally, VMware Cloud on AWS has been independently verified to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  For more information on VMware Cloud on AWS and GDPR readiness, visit: http://techtest.vmware.com/2018/05/24/vmware-cloud-aws-gdpr-ready/.

  • Single Host SDDC
    The new Single Host SDDC offering provides a low-cost entry point for customers to jump-start their hybrid cloud experience and prove the value of VMware Cloud on AWS before easily scaling up to 4+ hosts.  A Single Host SDDC lasts for up to 30 days, but customers can choose to scale up to 4 hosts to retain workloads and data.  Customers can also choose to deploy a new Single Host SDDC.  

  • Multi-Availability Zone Stretched Cluster
    This feature enables customers to deploy a single SDDC across two AWS Availability Zones (AZs) to support critical applications that require high availability in the event of an AZ failure.  In a Multi-AZ Stretched Cluster, vSAN guarantees synchronous writes across two AZs and logical networks extend to support vMotion between AZs.  In the event of an AZ failure, vSphere HA attempts to restart VMs in the surviving AZ.  Customers can choose a stretched cluster configuration at SDDC creation time and are limited to a single cluster.   

  • Multi-Cluster Support (*Preview)
    This feature enables customers to add additional clusters to their SDDCs.  VMware Cloud on AWS will support a maximum of 10 clusters per SDDC, but customer organizations may have lower "soft" limits set.  To raise these limits, please contact the customer success team.  Additional clusters will support customer workloads only and share the management infrastructure running on the first cluster.  

  • Troubleshooting Tab
    This feature enables a new tab in the SDDC that enables customers to perform tests against their running infrastructure.  The current test enabled is for Hybrid Linked Mode.  Using this feature, customers will be able to confirm that their network is configured correctly to support Hybrid Linked mode.

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway (*Preview)
    The vCenter Cloud Gateway is an appliance that customers can download and install on-premises.  It joins the on-premises Single Sign On (SSO) domain and allows customers to configure Hybrid Linked Mode and manage the hybrid resources from the on-premises data center.  vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) allows customers to link the VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter to an on-premises vCenter to provide a Hybrid management interface across Cloud and on-premises resources.  With HLM, customers can view and manage the on-premise and Cloud vCenters from a single pane of glass and perform hybrid operations such as workload mobility across the two environments.  The vCenter Cloud Gateway supports on-premises vCenter(s) version 6.5 patch d or later.  VM Clone, Cold Migration, and vMotion require on-premises vCenter 6.5 U2 or later.

  • VMware Site Recovery

    • New region: EU (Frankfurt): VMware Site Recovery now supports activation on SDDCs provisioned in the EU (Frankfurt) region of VMware Cloud on AWS.

    • Multi-site Disaster Recovery (DR) topology support - Fan-out from on-premises: Extend your existing on-premises DR strategy to the cloud by protecting some on-premises workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS using VMware Site Recovery while simultaneously protecting other workloads managed by the same on-premises vCenter server to a secondary on-premises DR site.  Multiple instances of Site Recovery Manager 8.1 can be deployed on-premises, with one paired to VMware Cloud on AWS for disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and others paired to secondary data centers.

    • Replication Seeding: Accelerate time to protection by leveraging previously replicated base disks of virtual machines as the seed for the new replication.  Replication for VMs that have been protected in the past will be able to use previously replicated base disks as a seed instead of requiring an initial full sync.

    • Backward compatibility with older vCenter server versions: Simplify DR protection by pairing VMware Site Recovery with sites running earlier versions of vCenter.  Building on previous releases, VMware Site Recovery is compatible with multiple versions of vCenter, allowing you to protect sites running vSphere 6.7, 6.5 and 6.0U3.

  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension

    • New region: EU (Frankfurt): VMware HCX now supports activation on SDDCs provisioned in the EU (Frankfurt) region of VMware Cloud on AWS.

    • Multi-AZ Stretched ClusterHCX now supports the VMware Cloud on AWS feature to enable customers to span their SDDC across availability zones. This was previously not supported.

    • Multi-Cluster Support (*Preview): HCX now supports the VMware Cloud on AWS feature to enable customers to add additional clusters to their SDDCs (this feature is currently in *Preview).

    • On-Premises HCX vSphere Compatibility Update: Support has been extended for vSphere 6.7. As a result, HCX supports vSphere 5.0 and later.

    • HCX Backup and RestoreThe HCX Manager can now be backed up/restored from the HCX appliance management. 

    • HCX Management Pack for vRealize® Operations™: The HCX management pack for vRealize Operations is now generally available.  This enables customers to monitor and plan their hybrid operations (migration waves, stretched networks etc.).

  • VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS
    VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications.  It combines the enterprise capabilities of VMware’s SDDC, delivered as a service on AWS, with the market leading capabilities of VMware Horizon, for a simple, secure and scalable solution.  Horizon 7 is software that can be deployed by customers on VMware Cloud on AWS.  Customers are responsible for their Horizon 7 infrastructure even though their SDDC infrastructure is managed by VMware.  

  • Security and Audit Logs Forwarded to VMware Log Intelligence
    All current and future VMware Cloud on AWS customers now have the ability to view security and audit logs directly in the Log Intelligence cloud service if they have activated Log Intelligence.

  • VMware Cloud on AWS Sizer and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
    The VMware Cloud on AWS Sizer and TCO tool enables customers to size applications for VMware Cloud on AWS and calculate a TCO for these applications when running on VMware Cloud on AWS vs on-premises virtualized environments. Customers can access the tool at https://vmcsizer.vmware.com

  • Service API Developer Center

    • Developer Center - Samples    

      • Samples can now be filtered by development language
      • Samples can now be searched for using the new "Filter Samples" feature
      • Samples now have a tag to show the development language they were written in
    • Developer Center - API Explorer 

      • API Explorer now provides the ability to choose an SDDC and automatically populate the SDDC ID when needed in API calls
      • API Explorer now supports Integers and Booleans
      • API Explorer now provides a confirmation box on mutation operations
      • API Explorer now has the ability to easily copy JSON response from an API call
      • API explorer improves usability when creating an API payload
  • Software Development Kits (SDKs)
    The following SDKs have been updated to work with SDDC version 1.4 and include the latest API documentation:

 

What's New April 13, 2018

Features in Preview Now Available on VMware Cloud on AWS

The following features launched in preview on March 7 2018 are now available (may not be available in all regions):

  • Tunnel Status Monitor
    IPSec and L2 VPN tunnels provide hybrid connectivity. To help monitor and troubleshoot these tunnels, granular statistics and error counters are exposed on the VMware Cloud on AWS console. Customers can click on the VPN status details and will see statistics including packets in/out and bytes in/out. Customers can refresh the statistics by clicking the refresh button. The screen also provides information on the error counters that help to quickly identify issues.  

  • Firewall Rule Accelerator
    The Firewall Rule Accelerator automatically creates the required firewall rules in the VMware Cloud on AWS console to allow communication across on-premises networks and VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC components. For example, this tool can be used for the automated configuration of the firewall rules to establish the necessary ports for vCenter, SRM, and other service communication for Hybrid Linked Mode and VMware Site Recovery. 

This release includes the following changes

The following feature was listed as available and has now been moved to preview to gather further feedback (features are released in preview to gather feedback and may not be available in all regions):

  • Multi-Cluster Support (*Preview)
    This preview feature enables customers to add additional clusters to their SDDCs. VMware Cloud on AWS will support a maximum of 10 clusters per SDDC, but customer organizations may have lower "soft" limits set.  To raise these limits, please contact the customer success team. Additional clusters will support customer workloads only and will share the management infrastructure running on the first cluster.  

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available.

 

What's New March 12, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.3 Patch 1)

The March 12, 2018 release includes the following changes

  • Security fixes for the Spectre-2 vulnerability
    This release contains the updated Intel microcode and associated VMware hypervisor changes for the Spectre-2 vulnerability. Please see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/52245 for further information.

 

What's New March 7, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.3)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

The following new features and changes are Available or in Preview for the new release:

Definitions

Available: Feature now available for use by applicable customers and may not be available in all AWS regions

Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available.

Features listed below are Available unless otherwise indicated as Preview.

  • New Region: EU (London)
    We are launching our 3rd AWS region support for VMware Cloud on AWS and our first in Europe: EU (London). VMware Cloud on AWS customers can use the EU (London) region to better serve customers in and around the UK.

  • Expanded Currency Support
    The following six currencies are now supported on VMware Cloud on AWS: USD, GBP, EURO, JPY, AUD and CNY. Customers can transact in these currencies and run their workloads in one of the AWS regions where VMware Cloud on AWS is available.

  • VMware Site Recovery

    • New region: EU (London): VMware Site Recovery now supports activation on Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) deployed in the EU (London) region of VMware Cloud on AWS.

    • Site Recovery Firewall Rules Accelerator: VMware Site Recovery now provides a Firewall Rules Accelerator UI in the VMware Cloud on AWS console to streamline the process of creating firewall rules between your on-premises data center and the Management Gateway for disaster recovery purposes. Currently, these firewall rules must be manually created in the Network tab of the SDDC to allow data replication traffic in both directions, communication with the Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication management components, and access to the VMware Site Recovery UI. While you can still follow this manual process to create the rules, now you also have the option of using the Firewall Rules Accelerator to automatically generate the required rules for a remote network that you specify. Rules created through the Firewall Rules Accelerator can be subsequently viewed, edited, and deleted using the Network tab of the SDDC.

    • Forward compatibility with the next minor release: VMware Site Recovery is now forward compatible with the next minor release of vSphere, Site Recovery Manager, and vSphere Replication after vSphere 6.5, Site Recovery Manager 8.0, and vSphere Replication 8.0, respectively. VMware Site Recovery continues to be compatible with vSphere 6.0 Update 3, vSphere 6.5, vSphere 6.5 Update 1, Site Recovery Manager 8.0, and vSphere Replication 8.0.

  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension

    • New region: EU (London): VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) now supports activation on SDDCs deployed in the EU (London) region of VMware Cloud on AWS.

    • HCX connectivity options: VMware HCX supports vMotion data traffic, Bulk Migration data traffic, L2 extended networks and DR traffic flows over the internet and/or DX (public VIF).

    • HCX minimum support versions: VMware HCX supports migration from vSphere 5.0+ to your target SDDC. Source networks can be on the VMware standard switch (vSS), VMware distributed switch (vDS) or Cisco Nexus 1000v distributed switch (n1kv).

  • L2 VPN Client Resiliency
    L2 VPN configuration requires customers to deploy a standalone NSX edge if they do not have NSX on-premises. In SDDC Version 1.3, customers have a choice to deploy standalone edges in an active standby configuration to provide added resiliency. In the case of failure of the active standalone edge, the standby takes over and continues to provide connectivity.

  • Tunnel Status Monitor (*Preview)
    IPSec and L2 VPN tunnels provide hybrid connectivity. To help monitor and troubleshoot these tunnels, granular statistics and error counters are exposed on the VMware Cloud on AWS console. Customers can click on the VPN status details and will see statistics including packets in/out and bytes in/out. Customers can refresh the statistics by clicking the refresh button. The screen also provides information on the error counters that help to quickly identify issues.  

  • Firewall Rule Accelerator (*Preview)
    The Firewall Rule Accelerator automatically creates the required firewall rules in the VMware Cloud on AWS console to allow communication across on-premises networks and VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC components. For example, this tool can be used for the automated configuration of the firewall rules to establish the necessary ports for vCenter, SRM, and other service communication for Hybrid Linked Mode and VMware Site Recovery. 

  • VMware vSphere® vMotion® 
    VMware vSphere® vMotion® between on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS is now Available. Customers can migrate a powered-on VM with vMotion from their on-premises SDDC to VMware Cloud on AWS and back. There is no need to re-IP the VM at the destination and there is zero downtime during migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. Additionally, vMotion between hosts within a VMware Cloud on AWS cluster in a single SDDC and between hosts across clusters within a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC is supported. 

    • Customers must have vSphere 6.0 U3 or above version on-premises; AWS Direct Connect (Private VIF); and NSX L2VPN. 

    • Customers with vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) version 6.5 will need to initiate VMware Cloud on AWS to upgrade the VDS version to 6.5

    • Customers can perform vMotion between on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS using the UI (which requires vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode to be connected) or using API or PowerCLI.

    • VMware vSphere vMotion between hosts across two AZs (*Preview): vMotion between hosts across two AWS availability zones in a resilient elastic cluster for VMware Cloud on AWS is in Preview.

  • Content Library
    In addition to the VM template (VMTX) support introduced in SDDC Version 1.2, Content Library now supports a streamlined template creation workflow to improve the user experience and template naming consistency in the inventory and Content Library views.

  • Hybrid Linked Mode
    VMware vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) extends support to on-premises vCenters running vSphere 6.0 U3c and later. Both embedded and external PSC topologies for on-premises vCenters are supported..  

  • Enhanced Storage Efficiency with Deduplication and Compression
    VMware Cloud on AWS SDDCs are now automatically enabled for storage deduplication and compression.  Users can experience storage savings without making any changes to their configuration.  Storage is first deduplicated to eliminate redundant blocks and further compressed to reduce the block size. Compression is only applied if storage can be further compressed by half.  Customers can observe these savings by monitoring their capacity usage in the vCenter. 

  • Multi-AZ Stretched Cluster (*Preview)
    This feature enables customers to deploy a single SDDC across two AWS availability zones (AZs).  Using VSAN's stretched cluster feature, it allows for synchronous writes across two AZs in a single SDDC cluster.  This feature also extends workload logical networks to support vMotion between AZs.  In the case of an AZ failure, vSphere HA will attempt to restart your VMs on the surviving AZ.  This feature is in limited Preview for this release.  Contact your customer success manager if you are interested in this feature. 

  • Multi-Cluster Support
    Previously in preview, this feature is now Available and enables customers to add additional clusters to their SDDCs.  VMware Cloud on AWS will support a maximum of 10 clusters per SDDC, but customer organizations may have lower "soft" limits set.  To raise these limits, please contact the customer success team. Additional clusters will support customer workloads only and will share the management infrastructure running on the first cluster.  

  • VMware Cloud on AWS RESTful API
    The VMware Cloud on AWS Service API is now Available and can be accessed within the new Developer Center. This feature enables customers to integrate and automate the key features of VMware Cloud on AWS through a RESTful API, PowerCLI (PowerShell module), Datacenter CLI (DCLI) a simplified multi-platform CLI and also a number of open source software development kits.  Learn more about the software development kits at https://vmware.github.io/vsphere-automation-sdk/

    • /networks APIs (*Preview): The /networks APIs are currently in Preview.  

  • Developer Center
    This feature enables automation experts, devops engineers, and developers to easily find the resources needed to automate and integrate with the VMware Cloud on AWS service, providing the following:

    • Overview of the APIs and tooling available.

    • Interactive API Explorer for the VMware Cloud on AWS RESTful APIs enabling the ability to learn and execute the APIs.

    • Access to VMware and community code samples for common development languages and API tooling.

    • Access to download the supported Open Source software development kits (SDKs) and links to getting started guides and documentation.

    • Developer and Automation downloadable tools and interfaces for working with these APIs.

  • vRealize® Operations™ support for VMware Cloud on AWS 
    Predictive DRS and Service Discovery Management Pack is not supported with this release of VMware Cloud on AWS.

The following are known issues with workarounds in this release:

  • Content Library and Hybrid Linked Mode
    In a Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) setup, Content Library operations performed from the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC to the on-premises vCenter objects may fail.  All objects across the on-premises vCenter and VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC are still visible through the HLM setup where the user logs in from the VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC.  To workaround this issue, operations on on-premises vCenter objects should be performed directly from the on-premises vCenter interface.

  • Characters repeated in Firefox
    When typing in the web-based vSphere Client console using some versions of the Firefox web browser, there is a known issue where characters are repeated. To workaround this issue, use a browser other than Firefox such as Chrome or Internet Explorer.

 

What's New January 23, 2018

The January 23, 2018 release includes the following changes

  • AWS Account Linking Improvements
    We have added support for creating more than one SDDC as well as a new way to connect to an AWS account that permits adding more than one account per org. This change is visible during the first step of the SDDC creation workflow. Previously, customers were only able to select one linked AWS account. Now, customers are provided a drop-down that shows the existing AWS account along with the option to add an additional account. The AWS account selected during this step will dictate which account will be connected to the new SDDC. An SDDC can only be linked to one AWS account. Network interfaces in the AWS account that are created and used for account connections will now have their life tied to the SDDC itself, which means they will be removed automatically when an SDDC is deleted. Additionally, the SDDC creation page has been streamlined to reduce the time it takes to start an SDDC deployment.

 

What's New January 19, 2018

Features in Preview on VMware Cloud on AWS

The following feature is in preview (features are released in preview to gather feedback and may not be available in all regions):

  • VMware Cloud Networking APIs (Preview)* [formerly NSX Simple Mode APIs]
    All VMware Cloud on AWS network and security features are available to consume through APIs.  These APIs can be used for Day0 and Day2 automation activities.  The VMware Cloud Networking API is in preview and may change in the future.

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available.

This release includes the following changes

  • ESXi hosts in vCenter now show as IP addresses
    Previously, when a new SDDC was deployed, each of the ESXi hosts were added to the vCenter inventory with a fully qualified domain name (FQDN).  Now, when a new SDDC is deployed, each of the ESXi hosts will be added with an IP address.

 

What's New January 12, 2018 (SDDC Version 1.2 Patch 1)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

We are consistently improving the VMware Cloud service platform. In this release, we provide the following new features:

  • Support Center
    We are here to help you. Check out the new Support Center where you can let us know of any problems you might run into. We have also created a Support role. While organization owners can automatically create and track support tickets, they can also assign the role of support person to one or more organization members - in addition to their organization role - so that they can create and track support tickets for the organization. See How Do I Get Support.

  • Consolidated Billing 
    VMware Cloud services now support consolidated billing. Use your VMware funds as a payment method. You can also use VMware promotional credits that you have accrued. Choose your preferred VMware fund when you sign up for a service, or later on when you manage your payment methods. You can also view your current costs and a monthly billing statement. See How Do I Manage Payment Methods and Billing.

Features in Preview Now Available on VMware Cloud on AWS

The following features launched in preview on November 28 2017 are now available (may not be available in all regions):

  • L2 VPN
    Extend Layer 2 networks from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS using the VMware NSX L2 VPN feature. The layer 2 extension enables customers to move workloads from on-premises to VMware cloud on AWS without changing IP addresses. This enables bi-directional VMware vSphere® vMotion® to and from VMware Cloud on AWS and also helps in disaster recovery scenarios by enabling applications to retain their same IP address during recovery.
     
  • AWS Direct Connect Private VIF for migration traffic
    The AWS Direct Connect (DX) integration with VMware Cloud on AWS provides customers with a high bandwidth and low latency link to their on-premises data centers. Customers who have already established AWS Direct connect link between their AWS virtual private cloud (VPC) and on-premises data center can take advantage of this integration with VMware Cloud on AWS. Customers have the option to establish a connection to a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC with one or multiple DX links. While connecting to an SDDC, customers can choose a Private VIF, Public VIF, or both VIF options. The Private VIF connection will carry VMware vSphere® vMotion® and ESX management traffic over the DX link. The Public VIF connection is optional and can be used to establish virtual private network (VPN) tunnels to carry the management appliance and workload virtual machine traffic.
     
  • L3 VPN Generic Download
    To reduce configuration related issues with IPsec deployments, this would allow customers to download generic configurations after the VPN is configured on VMware Cloud on AWS. By clicking generic download config, customers can get access to the text file with all the parameters that have to be configured on remote VPN device.
     
  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension
    VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) provides application migration and infrastructure hybridity without application downtime or infrastructure retrofit. The VMware HCX service offers bi-directional application landscape mobility and datacenter extension capabilities between any vSphere version. HCX includes patent-pending capabilities to support VMware vSphere® vMotion®, Bulk Migration, High Throughput Network Extension, WAN optimization, traffic engineering, automated VPN with Strong Encryption (Suite B) and secured datacenter interconnectivity with built-in vSphere protocol proxies. VMware HCX enables cloud on-boarding without retrofitting source infrastructure supporting migration from vSphere 5.0+ to VMware Cloud on AWS without introducing application risk and complex migration assessments. Learn more at https://cloud.vmware.com/vmware-hcx.
     

What's New November 28, 2017 (SDDC Version 1.2)

New Features for VMware Cloud on AWS

The following new features are available or in preview for the new release:

Definitions

Available: Feature now available for use by applicable customers. May not be available in all AWS regions

Preview: Feature released in preview to gather feedback. May not be available to all applicable customers or in all AWS regions*

*We cannot guarantee that features marked as ‘Preview’ will become available within any particular time frame or at all. Make your purchase decisions only on the basis of features that are Available.

Features listed below are Available unless otherwise indicated as Preview.

  • VMware Site Recovery
    The VMware Site Recovery™ service expands and simplifies traditional disaster recovery operations by delivering on-demand site protection across a common, vSphere-based operating environment from on-premises to the cloud. The service protects workloads between on-premises data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS, as well as between different instances of VMware Cloud on AWS. Built on top of enterprise-grade recovery plan automation (VMware Site Recovery Manager™) and native hypervisor-based replication capabilities (VMware vSphere® Replication™), the service provides an end-to-end disaster recovery solution that reduces the requirements for a secondary disaster recovery site, accelerates time-to-protection, and simplifies disaster recovery operations.

  • VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (Preview)  
    VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) provides application migration and infrastructure hybridity without application downtime or infrastructure retrofit. The VMware HCX service offers bi-directional application landscape mobility and datacenter extension capabilities between any vSphere version. HCX includes patent-pending capabilities to support VMware vSphere® vMotion®, Bulk Migration, High Throughput Network Extension, WAN optimization, traffic engineering, automated VPN with Strong Encryption (Suite B) and secured datacenter interconnectivity with built-in vSphere protocol proxies. VMware HCX enables cloud on-boarding without retrofitting source infrastructure supporting migration from vSphere 5.0+ to VMware Cloud on AWS without introducing application risk and complex migration assessments. Learn more at https://cloud.vmware.com/vmware-hcx.

  • 1 and 3 Year Subscriptions
    VMware Cloud on AWS one and three year subscriptions provide significant cost savings (up to ~50%) compared to on-demand usage. In addition to the on-demand model where customers pay as they go for host consumption, customers are now able to commit and pay upfront for hosts and secure term discounts for one or three years. The commitment is made for a number of hosts and a region. Once a subscription has been created, hourly usage for a given region up to the cumulative number of hosts committed to in subscriptions will not incur on-demand charges for the hosts. Usage over the cumulative committed number of hosts in a given region will incur on-demand charges according to on-demand pricing.  Learn more about pricing at https://cloud.vmware.com/vmc-aws/pricing.  

  • Multiple-SDDCs
    Multiple Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) support enables customers to create more than one SDDC in an organization. Each SDDC must be connected to an AWS account. 

  • New region: US East (N. Virginia)
    VMware is announcing the availability of a new region for VMware Cloud on AWS. Starting today, you can provision Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) in US East (Virginia). Resources aren't replicated across regions automatically. To create an SDDC in a specific region, simply select the desired region radio button in the VMware Cloud on AWS Console or provide the desired region string for the "region" property in the sddcConfig for the API at https://vmc.vmware.com/swagger/index.html#!/sddc/post_orgs_org_sddcs.  

  • AWS Direct Connect (Preview)
    The AWS Direct Connect (DX) integration with VMware Cloud on AWS provides customers with a high bandwidth and low latency link to their on-premises data centers. Customers who have already established AWS Direct connect link between their AWS virtual private cloud (VPC) and on-premises data center can take advantage of this integration with VMware Cloud on AWS. Customers have the option to establish a connection to a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC with one or multiple DX links. While connecting to an SDDC, customers can choose a Private VIF, Public VIF, or both VIF options. The Private VIF connection will carry VMware vSphere® vMotion® and ESX management traffic over the DX link. The Public VIF connection is optional and can be used to establish virtual private network (VPN) tunnels to carry the management appliance and workload virtual machine traffic.

  • L2 VPN (Preview)
    Extend Layer 2 networks from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS using the VMware NSX L2 VPN feature. The layer 2 extension enables customers to move workloads from on-premises to VMware cloud on AWS without changing IP addresses. This enables bi-directional VMware vSphere® vMotion® to and from VMware Cloud on AWS and also helps in disaster recovery scenarios by enabling applications to retain their same IP address during recovery.

  • Simple Mode NSX APIs (Preview)
    Expose network and security services available in VMware Cloud on AWS through simple mode NSX APIs. Customers can use NSX APIs and Power CLI for the Day0 and Day2 automation activities. 

  • L3 VPN Generic Download (Preview)
    To reduce configuration related issues with IPsec deployments, this would allow customers to download generic configurations after the VPN is configured on VMware Cloud on AWS. By clicking generic download config, customers can get access to the text file with all the parameters that have to be configured on remote VPN device.

  • AWS Service Access Enhancements
    Customers now have the choice to access S3 buckets over the internet or over the AWS connected VPC.

  • VM templates (.vmtx) support in Content Library (MVP)
    With this new feature, Content Library introduces the support of one of the most popular content types: VM Template (.vmtx). This will allow customers to add VM Templates to Content Library, delete them, and use them to deploy VMs.

  • VMware vSphere® vMotion® over L2VPN/Direct Connect (Preview) 
    Customers can migrate a powered-on VM with VMware vSphere® vMotion® from their on-premises datacenter to VMware Cloud on AWS and back. There is no need to re-IP the VM at the destination and there is zero downtime during migration to VMware Cloud on AWS. This would require customers to have set-up Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) and L2VPN. 

  • vCenter HLM: Extend on-premises support to include vCenter(s) with external PSC
     vCenter Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) allows customers to link the VMware Cloud on AWS vCenter to their on-premises vCenter and to manage the on-premises and cloud vCenter resources from a single pane of glass. In the first release of VMC, HLM supported a single on-premises 6.5 vCenter with an embedded Platform Services Controller. Today, HLM is extending the on-premises support to include 6.5 vCenter with an external Platform Services Controller. This further allows HLM to link to a group of 6.5 on-premises vCenters that are joined in the same Single Sign-On (SSO) domain, known as Enhanced Linked Mode configuration.

  • External Storage Access from Inside Guest VMs
    Customers can now access external storage from inside a guest operating system. NFS, SMB/CIFS and iSCSI storage protocols are validated over the following VMware Cloud on AWS networks:

    •  AWS Elastic Network Interface (ENI)

    •  VMware Cloud on AWS Compute Gateway (CGW)

    •  VMware Cloud on AWS Internet Gateway (IGW)

    Customers can access block and file based storage from inside their guest VMs to provide access to external data and applications.  VMware Cloud on AWS external storage is available from various operating systems and applications that can provide block and file services. 

  • Guided Tour
    With the new guided tour feature, customers can follow detailed, step-by-step guidance to set up the VMware Cloud on AWS environment, including firewall rules, VPN, and HLM. The "Getting Started" button in the help panel will trigger this feature.

  • Multi-Cluster Support (Preview)
    This feature enables customers to add additional clusters to their SDDCs.  VMware Cloud on AWS will support a maximum of 10 clusters per SDDC, but customer organizations may have lower "soft" limits set.  To raise these limits, please contact the customer success team. Additional clusters will support customer workloads only and share the management infrastructure running on the first cluster.

  • SDDC Scale
    The maximum cluster size is 32 ESXi hosts.

  • PowerCLI for VMware Cloud on AWS (Preview)
    As part of VMware PowerCLI 6.5.4, a new module has been added which enables the automation and scripting of VMware Cloud on AWS features.  Updates to the existing PowerCLI modules are in process to enable you to work with the newer features of vCenter. The VMware Cloud on AWS Service API is currently in preview and may change in the future.
    As well as the new VMware Cloud on AWS module there will be updates to the existing PowerCLI modules to enable you to work with the newer features of the Virtual Center deployed as part of your VMC SDDC.  For example, automating the new Content Library VMTX Template feature.
    You can update your version of PowerCLI to use these features using the normal update procedures for PowerCLI at https://blogs.vmware.com/PowerCLI/2017/08/updating-powercli-powershell-gallery.html.

  • VMware Cloud on AWS SDKs (Preview)
    The existing vSphere Automation SDKs for both Python and Java are being worked on to include functionality for programmatic access of the VMware Cloud on AWS service.  The existing Github repositories at https://vmware.github.io/vsphere-automation-sdk/ have now been updated with new language bindings and new samples custom built as sample common workflows. These would allow you to programmatically access the VMware Cloud on AWS API.  The VMware Cloud on AWS Service API is currently in preview and may change in the future.

  • Datacenter CLI (DCLI) (Preview)
    All new features of the VMware Cloud on AWS API are available via a multi-platform simple command line interface, that can be downloaded at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?productId=664&downloadGroup=VMC_GA. The VMware Cloud on AWS Service API is currently in preview and may change in the future.

 

What's New October 6, 2017

The October 6, 2017 release included the following fixes and new content:

  • The logical network plugin UI actions “Attach VMs” and “Detach VMs” were allowing virtual machine changes without the appropriate privileges.  A change was made to hide these actions from the plugin in the current release.
  • There were connectivity issues between VMware Cloud on AWS virtual machines and AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances in the user’s linked virtual private cloud (VPC).  The problem was that logical network routes were not updated correctly to the cross VPC route table.  A fix was made to correctly update the route tables, enabling the connection.

 

What's New September 13, 2017

The September 13, 2017 release included the following fixes and new content:
  • During SDDC deployment, when HA was enabled on the cluster, the service was not considering some of the intermittent progress state of FDM and was bailing out prematurely as deployment failure. A fix was made to encompass all the intermediate FDM statuses and make SDDC deployment more robust.
  • The storage policy associated with Managements VMs was mutable and a customer could have inadvertently made changes impacting the compliance and behavior of management VMs. A change was made to make the storage policy associated with Management VMs to be immutable.
  • Hybrid Linked Mode (HLM) failed to accept a valid DN that included a hyphen from onPrem Active Directory. As a result, users were not able to configure HLM by adding the OnPrem Identity source. The fix allows using a DN with hyphen.
  • SDDC deployment has increased number of retries to provision and add hosts to the cluster to improve the deployment reliability.
  • A security fix related to SM2 shared parsing.

 

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