AWS Management for vCenter: Strange Bedfellows?
In a move that some have regarded as a clear shot across the bow of VMware, Amazon has launched an interesting new product with their AWS Management Portal for VMware vCenter. This is a very nifty management tool for organizations who have Amazon EC2 instances and are wanting to get closer to the panacea of the single interface to manage platforms.
Familiarity for Both Camps
There are really two goals here from what I can see which are to add a familiar way for VMware administrators to consume Amazon EC2 resources, as well as a tool to enable the potential migration of VMware VM resources into the EC2 environment. Many people are pointing at the latter as the dangerous option to have as it could lead people out of the VMware platform. In fact, it is only a right-click away using the new tool:
In my opinion, this is more of an enabler for a better interface to do what many organizations are already doing today. Running multiple platforms in private and public environments is fairly typical, so this will be a great tool to make that experience more streamlined.
As someone who uses many products for virtualization, I am pleased by this pairing and it is definitely worth looking at.
You can view the entire Amazon blog post on the tool here: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-management-portal-for-vcenter/ including some great walk-through diagrams on what the new tool looks like.