To begin using VMware Cloud on AWS to run workloads in your SDDC, you'll need to set up a network connecting your on-premises data center to the SDDC. This network can include a dedicated connection over AWS Direct Connect, an IPSec VPN, or both.

While routing IPSec VPN traffic over Direct Connect can provide better performance at lower costs, you can start by setting up an IPSec VPN that connects to your SDDC over the Internet, then reconfigure that VPN to use Direct Connect later.

When you open the Networking and Security tab of a new SDDC, you can run the Setup Networking and Security wizard to guide you through the steps needed to configure Direct Connect and a VPN, access the vCenter in your SDDC, and change the default DNS server if you want to.

If you just want to set up a route-based VPN connecting your on-premises data center to your SDDC over the Internet, you can follow these steps.