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VMware Cloud™ on AWS Release Notes

Updated on: 13 June 2018

VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC Version 1.4 Patch 1) | 13 June 2018

 

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: https://cloud.vmware.com/community/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.