Introduction to VMware in Google Cloud
Google Cloud VMware Engine is a fully managed VMware-as-a-Service product that enables businesses running on-premises VMware workloads to seamlessly migrate to Google Cloud without needing to re-architect or refactor their applications.
Your VMware environment including its components vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, NSX-T, and corresponding tools – continues to run natively in a dedicated and private, software-defined data center stack on Google Cloud’s bare-metal infrastructure located in Google Cloud data centers.
Essentially, you get to leverage your existing VMware investments, tools, processes, and skills to maintain operational continuity, while avoiding data center management, hardware refreshes, and procurement cycles. Vmware Engine is sold and supported by Google and is VMware ‘Cloud Verified’.
Because VMware Engine is 100% compatible with your VMware workloads, many of your typical applications can be migrated without change or having to use a new application in the cloud.
Common workloads include Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to enable employees to work from anywhere, and moving DR and Backup targets to the cloud to reduce TCO. In addition to the ease of migration, you can also benefit from bringing your existing data to Google Cloud and leveraging high-speed access to native Google Cloud Services such as AI, ML, Anthos, and BigQuery.
Benefits of VMware in Google Cloud
Flexibility and Speed: Dedicated Private Cloud with full access to Google Cloud, enabled by Google Cloud API.
Unified Management: Single Portal to view Vmware and Google Cloud Environment, provides visibility for Cloud Admins and Cloud Developers.
Consistent Operations: Leverage familiar VMware or Google Cloud Tools depending on preference and without disruption.
Elevated Privilege: Easily Configure ISV apps on your VMs with elevated privileges, allowing users to make changes for limited periods of time.
Complete Security: Move fast with security built into every layer and a dedicated environment that maintained compatibility and mobility.
Hassle-free Infrastructure: Unburden IT from infrastructure management with automation and orchestration, creating more time for innovation.
Big data insights: Turn Data into actionable insights with a comprehensive and server-less data analytics and machine learning platform.
Key Components of VMware in Google Cloud
There are Three Key Components of VMware in the Google Cloud Platform.
Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure: Dedicated and Private Cloud deployed on a hyper-converged infrastructure stack. This enables you to run VMware within Google Cloud with back end and support for the complete solution and separated via a data plane for additional security.
Operating System: The Hybrid Cloud Management platform that automates and maintains availability across the VMware bare metal in Google Cloud Infra. This is managed through a single management portal, through which you can view both VMware and Google Cloud Environment.
Network edge Services: Enable communication service between your hybrid architecture and the public internet with advanced networking and security capabilities provided by Google Cloud.
Architecture Overview of VMware in Google Cloud
VMware provides a dedicated private cloud, compute, storage, and networking stack deployed on Google Cloud infrastructure in various Google Cloud locations worldwide.
Each private cloud contains one instance of the vCenter Server, which manages multiple ESXi nodes contained in one or more vSphere Clusters, along with the corresponding Virtual SAN (vSAN) storage.
VMware Engine is sold by the node, with the minimum configuration of three nodes up to a maximum of 64 nodes per private cloud and you can create any number of private clouds.
Each node consists of all the compute, memory, and storage you need. The initial node configuration is:
• CPU: Intel Xeon Gold 6240 (Skylake),
2.6 GHz (x2), 36 Cores, 72 Hyper-Threads
• Storage: 2 × 1.6 TB (3.2 TB) NVMe (Cache), 6 × 3.2 TB (19.2 TB) NVMe (Data)
• Hyperconverged design using vSAN
Operating System in VMware Google Cloud Platform
The service provides a cloud operating system and OS that integrates services and innovations that optimize
VMware administration tasks. The key to this is provisioning a portal for self-service consumption, control, and ownership for Private Cloud resources. In addition, it serves to integrate Private Cloud and Public consumption in the same interface, thus fostering hybrid application development. Finally, this integration provides direct access to backup services, event
logging, and monitoring the health, performance, availability, and capacity of clusters.
For example, developers can use VMware Engine Hybrid Templates to repeatedly deploy their application
during every stage of the application lifecycle: Dev, Test, or Production. Rather than relying on a lower-cost “secondary” store for backup and archival data, VMware Engine targets cloud object storage directly, so customers can choose redundancy and availability levels as appropriate, or configure their own automated tiering.
You can also enable backup strategies for environments in the VMware Engine portal, integrated into Google Cloud, and
then configure these with a plugin to the vSphere UI. VMware Engine also supports the most common backup tools used in VMware vSphere environments.
The service establishes the level of probes and error logs best suited for you and enables continuous collection of performance data so that issues can be detected and resolved quickly. The OS also schedules custom maintenance times for VMware upgrades and patches based on customer convenience. Critical security or stability patches are performed with full customer awareness and approval, and minimal disruption to workloads.