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Leading use cases for Azure VMware Solution (AVS)

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What is Azure VMware Solution (AVS): 

Azure VMware Solution enables a fast path to the cloud, seamlessly migrating or extending existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to Azure without the risk of re-architecting applications or retooling operations.

Top 5 typical business challenges:

  • Incompatible, non-interoperable stacks
  • Cross-site networking and security issues
  • Application dependency mapping delays
  • Business Disruption
  • Migrating Large scale to VMC
Top 5 governance framework for AVS:
  • Access control and security
  • Compliance and policies
  • Cost control
  • Unified hybridity visibility
  • Automated integration Ops
Foremost 10 steps to plan the foundation for AVS:
  • Request host quota and enable Azure VMware Solution
  • Identify the subscription, resource group, region/ location
  • Identify the size of hosts required
  • Determine the number of clusters and hosts required
  • Define the IP address segment for private cloud management with /22 CIDR in NSX-T in AVS
  • Define the IP address segment for VM workloads
  • Define the virtual network gateway in NSX-T in AVS
  • Define VMware HCX network segments
  • Extend specific networks to AVS.
  • Networks must connect to a vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) in your on-premises VMware environment

Prime 10 steps to configure AVS:

  • Deploy the on-premises VMware HCX OVA (VMware HCX Connector).
  • Pair your on-premises VMware HCX Connector with your Azure VMware Solution HCX Cloud Manager.
  • Configure the interconnect (network profile, compute profile, and service mesh).
  • Configure Azure ExpressRoute Global Reach is between on-premises and AVS private cloud ExpressRoute circuits.
  • Connect to Azure Virtual Network with ExpressRoute
  • Create an ExpressRoute authorization key in the on-premises ExpressRoute circuit
  • Ensure that all gateways, including the ExpressRoute provider's service, supports 4-byte Autonomous System Number (ASN)
  • AVS uses 4-byte public ASNs for advertising routes
  • Peer private cloud to on-premise
  • Identify the VMs need to migrate to AVS

Top 5 lessons learned during AVS planning exercise:

  • Appropriate assessment was not performed to determine the number of vRA instances exist in on-premise (if any)
  • Adequate planning was not done for network segment requirements for AVS deployment.
  • Proper sizing of AVS hosts and cluster requirements were not analyzed to meet business demand.
  • Network throughput requirement was not analyzed proactively before the go-live.
  • All dependencies (client and vendor) were not identified before workload migration to AVS.

I just vRealized that VMware HCX is one of the key component in AVS.

Top 5 HCX advantages on AVS:

  • Driving Large scale migration
  • HCX for Protection to DR side
  • Secure migration and DR traffic
  • Network and IP preservation
  • High scale L2 Extensibility

Top 5 benefits from HCX on AVS:

  • Save time and lower costs
  • Reduced risk and Minimize disruption
  • Optimize control with existing VMware skills
  • Accelerate flexibility and resiliency
  • Empower IT with choices

Top 10 functionalities of HCX on AVS:

  • Hybrid interconnect services
  • WAN optimization services
  • Cross cloud vMotion migration services
  • Bulk migration services
  • Replication assisted vMotion migration services
  • Network extension services
  • Disaster recovery services
  • OS assisted migration services
  • Continues replication
  • Simplifies hybridity


Please watch out for next blog for more details on HCX.

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