Amazon Web Services EMEA Sarl, UK Branch

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud on AWS is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, leveraging VMware Cloud Foundation (vSphere, NSX and vSAN) to deliver software-defined data centres (SDDCs) as a cloud service on Amazon Web Services (AWS) .

Features

  • VMware SDDC delivered as a cloud service on AWS
  • On-demand capacity and flexible hourly consumption available globally
  • Run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure
  • Operates in multiple Availability Zones within the UK
  • Single UI and API for onprem and cloud
  • Automated cluster scaling and host remediation
  • Direct Connect and L2VPN connectivity and offline data transfer options
  • Access AWS services (EBS, RDS, Lambda, etc..) without network charges
  • vMotion between on-premises and cloud

Benefits

  • Jointly engineered to deliver the best of VMware and AWS
  • Unparalleled security of combined VMware and AWS technologies and operations
  • Industry leading portability enables migration to and from the Cloud
  • Full operational consistency with onpremise VMware technologies
  • Scalable infrastructure available when and where you need it
  • Common virtual infrastructure makes hybrid deployments truly possible
  • Disaster Recover economics are transformed by the cloud
  • Support existing and next-generation applications and containers in one platform

Pricing

£3.33 a server an hour

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

8 3 5 0 5 8 6 0 0 2 1 7 4 1 7

Contact

Amazon Web Services EMEA Sarl, UK Branch Chris Hayman
Telephone: +44 (0) 7825112477
Email: aws-gcloud@amazon.com

Service scope

Service constraints
N/A
System requirements
N/A

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
VMware Cloud Service Support Policies are published: https://www.vmware.com/support/policies/saas-support.html Critical (SaaS Severity 1) 30 minutes or less: 24x7 Major (SaaS Severity 2) 4 business hours Minor (SaaS Severity 3) 8 business hours Cosmetic (SaaS Severity 4) 12 business hours
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
Web chat
Web chat support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Web chat accessibility testing
N/A
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
VMware Cloud on AWS provides 24/7 production level support as part of the service at no additional cost.
Support available to third parties
Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
VMware provides a range of resources to help to start using the VMware Cloud on AWS service. These include comprehensive documentation (in multiple formats), introductory videos, hands-on labs, online and in-person training, access to a large ecosystem of partners and support from the customer success team and public sector account team.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
HTML
End-of-contract data extraction
Migration of data to and from VMware Cloud on AWS is fully managed by the customer. Documentation exists along with additional tools and services to facilitate the migration of data. VMware Cloud on AWS natively runs VMware vSphere which stores customer data in an industry accepted virtual machine format and VMware vSphere natively supports the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), making it simple to download, clone, migrate, copy, port or transfer workloads between environments.
End-of-contract process
If you are using the Service Offering on an on-demand basis, you can cancel at any time by deleting your SDDC, using the VMware Cloud on AWS Console. You will be charged for all usage up to the point of termination. Unless you purchase a new subscription, upon expiration of the Subscription Term all services will continue to operate on an ondemand basis and you will be billed at the then current on-demand rate for those services until you cancel your on-demand use.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Using the web interface
The VMware Cloud on AWS Console enables customers to provision Software Defined Data Centers, Configure Networking, Add/Remove Hosts, Connect to the Virtual Center interface and get support. The Virtual Center Interface enables customers to manage their entire Software Defined Data Center.
Web interface accessibility standard
WCAG 2.1 A
Web interface accessibility testing
N/A
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
After the initial creation of the organisation's account, the service can be configured and operated via the API interface. VMware Cloud on AWS Service APIs, vSphere APIs and NSX API interfaces are all supported.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • Other
Command line interface
Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface
Customers have access to all published and documented APIs through a command prompt.

Scaling

Scaling available
Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources
Customer environments are logically and physically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. Each customer SDDC runs on dedicated hardware which eliminates the potential for other customers to affect their workloads. VMware and AWS both continuously monitor service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirement
Usage notifications
Yes
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • Other

Analytics

Infrastructure or application metrics
Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
  • VSphere provides comprehensive infrastructure logs
  • Performance logs
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports

Resellers

Supplier type
Reseller (no extras)
Organisation whose services are being resold
VMware

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
None

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
User control over data storage and processing locations
Yes
Datacentre security standards
Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
Other
Other data at rest protection approach
AWS adheres to independently validated privacy, data protection, security protections and control processes. (Listed under “certifications”).

AWS is responsible for the security of the cloud; customers are responsible for security in the cloud. AWS enables customers to control their content (where it will be stored, how it will be secured in transit or at rest, how access to their AWS environment will be managed).

Wherever appropriate, AWS offers customers options to add additional security layers to data at rest, via scalable and efficient encryption features. AWS offers flexible key management options and dedicated hardware-based cryptographic key storage.
Data sanitisation process
Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Yes
What’s backed up
  • Account configuration information
  • SDDC Configuration information
Backup controls
Customers retain control and ownership of their virtual machines and have the ability to use their own backup and recovery solution. VMware Cloud on AWS enables virtual machine images to be replicated by Site Recovery Manager to another Availability Zone or to a datacenter of the customer's choosing, which ensures that workloads would always exist in more than one physical location. There are many companies that offer backup and recovery solutions that are compatible with VMware Cloud on AWS service. A list of vendors can be found here: https://marketplace.vmware.com/
Datacentre setup
Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups
Users schedule backups through a web interface
Backup recovery
Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
VMware will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that each component of the Service Offering ("service component") is “Available” during a given billing month (as defined in the Service Description) equal to the “Availability Commitment” specified in the table below: Service Component Availability Commitment SDDC Infrastructure 99.9% SDDC Management 99.9% VMware Site Recovery - Management 99.9% More information about the SLA can be found at: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/vmwcloud-aws-service-level-agreement.pdf
Approach to resilience
VMware has implemented backup or redundancy mechanisms to ensure compliance with regulatory, statutory and contractual obligations. VMware has a defined Information Security Program that includes Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) strategies for data and hardware redundancy, network configuration redundancy and backups and regular testing exercises. VMware Cloud on AWS uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) geographically resilient data hosting options. Data centers are built in clusters in various global regions. VMware provides customers the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions as well as across multiple Availability Zones within each regions to support their resiliency needs.
Outage reporting
The real-time status of the VMware Cloud on AWS services along with past incidents is publicly available on https://status.vmware-services.io/.

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Management interfaces implement role-based access controls and require members to authenticate against the corporate identity provider. Access is managed through the management gateway which restricts access based on originating IP address and SSL usage. Additional security and authentication mechanisms including the use of time-based credentials are used to secure and monitor access.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)
  • Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
No
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Other security certifications
No

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards
Cyber Essentials Plus; ISO 27017; ISO 27018
Information security policies and processes
AWS implements formal, documented policies and procedures that provide guidance for operations and information security within the organisation. Policies address purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities and management commitment.

Employees maintain policies in a centralised and accessible location. AWS Security Assurance is responsible for familiarizing employees with the AWS security policies.

AWS has established information security functions that are aligned with defined structure, reporting lines, and responsibilities. Leadership involvement provides clear direction and visible support for security initiatives.

Policies are approved by AWS leadership at least annually or following a significant change to the AWS environment.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
Changes to AWS services and features follow secure software development practices, including security risk reviews prior to launch. Developer access to production environments is via explicit access system requests, subject to owner review and authorisation.

Teams set bespoke change management standards per service, underpinned by standard AWS guidelines.

All production environment changes are reviewed, tested and approved. Stages include design, documentation, implementation (including rollback procedures), testing (non-production environment), peer to peer review (business impact/technical rigour/code), final approval by authorised party.

Emergency changes follow AWS incident response procedures. Exceptions to change management processes are documented and escalated to AWS management.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
AWS Security performs vulnerability scans on the host operating system, web applications, and databases in the AWS environment. Approved 3rd party vendors conduct external assessments (minimum frequency: quarterly). Identified vulnerabilities are monitored and evaluated. Countermeasures are designed and implemented to neutralise known/newly identified vulnerabilities.

AWS Security monitors newsfeeds/vendor sites for patches and receives customer intelligence via http://aws.amazon.com/security/vulnerability-reporting/.

AWS customers are responsible for all scanning, penetration testing, file integrity monitoring and intrusion detection for their Amazon EC2 and Amazon ECS instances/ applications. Scans should include customer IP addresses (not AWS endpoints). AWS endpoint testing is part of AWS compliance vulnerability scans.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
AWS deploys (pan-environmental) monitoring devices to collect information on unauthorized intrusion attempts, usage abuse, and network/application bandwidth-usage. Devices monitor:

• Port scanning attacks
• Usage (CPU, processes, disk utilization, swap rates, software-error generated losses)
• Application metrics
• Unauthorized connection attempts

Near real-time alerts flag incidents, based on AWS Service/Security Team- set thresholds.

Requests to AWS KMS are logged and visible via the account’s AWS CloudTrail Amazon S3 bucket. Logs provide request information, under which CMK, and identify the AWS resource protected through the CMK use. Log events are visible to customers after turning on AWS CloudTrail in their account.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
AWS adopts a three-phased approach to manage incidents:

1. Activation and Notification Phase
2. Recovery Phase
3. Reconstitution Phase

To ensure the effectiveness of the AWS Incident Management plan, AWS conducts incident response testing, providing excellent coverage for the discovery of defects and failure modes as well as testing the systems for potential customer impact.

The Incident Response Test Plan is executed annually, in conjunction with the Incident Response plan. It includes multiple scenarios, potential vectors of attack, the inclusion of the systems integrator in reporting and coordination and varying reporting/detection avenues.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Yes
Who implements virtualisation
Supplier
Virtualisation technologies used
VMware
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Each VMware Cloud on AWS Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) is provisioned on dedicated bare-metal hardware within an AWS VPC dedicated to the customer. vSphere is installed on this dedicated hardware and customers are given access to their individual instance of Virtual Center to manage their virtual environment.

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Yes
Description of energy efficient datacentres
AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint. We’ve made a lot of progress on this commitment. In January 2018, AWS achieved 50% renewable energy usage.

To date, we have announced nine new renewable energy projects (three wind farms and six solar farms), and these projects will deliver a total of 2 million MWh of energy annually onto the electric grid powering AWS data centers located in the AWS US East (Ohio) and AWS US East (N. Virginia) Regions. The electricity produced from these projects is enough to power the equivalent of over 190,000 U.S. homes annually, which is approximately the size of the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
More information is available on the AWS and Sustainability page.

AWS introduced its first carbon-neutral region in 2011. Today, AWS offers customers five AWS Regions that are carbon-neutral:

• US West (Oregon)
• AWS GovCloud (US-West)
• EU (Frankfurt)
• EU (Ireland)
• Canada (Central)

Pricing

Price
£3.33 a server an hour
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
No

Service documents

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