The Architecture and Design for Extending VMware Validated Design to VMware Cloud on AWS documentation provides a detailed design for extending your on-premises VMware Validated Design™ SDDC to a hybrid SDDC by adding and configuring an SDDC on VMware Cloud™ on AWS as a third region, Region C.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated cloud offering jointly developed by Amazon Web Services and VMware delivering a highly scalable, secure, and innovative service. With VMware Cloud on AWS, organizations can seamlessly migrate and extend their on-premises VMware vSphere® environments to the AWS Cloud running on an Amazon EC2 bare metal infrastructure.

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC traditionally uses on-premises data centers to host separate regions. Having multiple regions enables features, such as high availability, disaster recovery, data locality or sovereignty, and the ability to scale out capacity of the SDDC. If your organization does not have the ability to deploy infrastructure in any additional data center, you can extending your on-premises SDDC to a hybrid SDDC. To extend your VMware Validated Design SDDC to a hybrid SDDC, you can implement one or more regions by connecting your on-premises infrastructure with VMware Cloud on AWS.


You must have a VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 5.x deployed in at least a single region. See the VMware Validated Design documentation page.

Intended Audience

This design is intended for architects and administrators who want to use VMware Cloud™ on AWS for tenant workloads.

Required VMware Software

Architecture and Design for Extending VMware Validated Design to VMware Cloud on AWS is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes for more information about supported product versions.
  • Software components for VMware Validated Design™ for Software-Defined Data Center 5.x
  • VMware vCenter Cloud Gateway