vRealize Operations (sold separately) comes with built-in dashboards supporting VMware Cloud on AWS out of the box including Operations Overview, Performance and Capacity, SDDC and Cluster Health, Troubleshooting, Sizing, etc. Combine this with built-in vSAN dashboards and the optional AWS management pack and you’ve got a full turnkey solution that will give you extremely deep insight and metrics of your environment.
Log Intelligence, available with VMware Cloud on AWS, offers unified visibility into infrastructure and application logs in real time. It adds structure to unstructured log data, provides rich dashboards, and indexing.Log Intelligence’s audit log collection feature is a core service to VMware Cloud on AWS customers. In addition, the full set of Log Intelligence features is available as a free trial for 30 days. This page compares the functionality of the core service and full offering.
While VMware is responsible for recovery of the management VMs, all other VM and application data protection is the customer’s responsibility just as it would be on-premises. You may be able to take advantage of your existing backup solution, but there will likely be some additional considerations. You might have to deploy additional components, such as a management appliance or backup proxy – these could be in the form of AWS EC2 instances or a VM deployed to the vSphere cluster within your cloud SDDC.
You may also have to leverage other AWS native services such as Glacier, S3, or EBS to store the backup data; or utilize database services such as DynamoDB to manage metadata. Of course, this will differ across the board, and it could be as simple as leveraging an appliance and backing up your cloud workloads back to your on-premises data center.
Check the VMware compatibility guide for supported solutions, and work with your data protection specialists to understand the solution that best fits your needs and requirements.