Providing Customers with a Fast, Secure Path to the Cloud

Key Takeaways

  • VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is built on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and offers your customers a fast, secure path to the cloud.

  • Customers already running VMware on-premises on Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers benefit from consistent and predictable application performance. They can also manage their hybrid cloud environment with the tools they’re already familiar with

  • The latest release of VMware Cloud on AWS runs on i3en instances powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. It offers an enhanced solution for disaster recovery and the migration of data-intensive applications to the cloud.



Rapid, Seamless Transition to the Hybrid Cloud

VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel® Xeon® processors offers a fully managed, on-demand service for the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) running directly on bare-metal AWS infrastructure. Thanks to consistent infrastructure across VMware vSphere-based private clouds and the public AWS Cloud, your customers no longer need to re-architect their enterprise applications and can accelerate cloud migrations.

For example, if your customers are already running VMware on-premises on Intel Xeon processor-based servers, they’ll benefit from the same Intel software optimizations and robust application testing in VMware Cloud on AWS. They’ll also be able to use popular vSphere features, such as vMotion for load balancing, and upgrades and migrations between on-premises and the cloud.

Built on High-Performance Intel® Processor Technology

VMware Cloud on AWS is delivered on next-generation memory- and storage-optimized bare metal instances and features low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)-based solid-state drives (SSDs). Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors are designed to take full advantage of these highly scalable memory and storage bandwidths. Designed for next-generation data centers, Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver a 1.65x average performance boost1 over previous-generation processors and up to 4x more virtual machines (VMs) per server2 for a potentially lower total cost of ownership (TCO).3

VMware Cloud on AWS provides a choice of instance types—i3, R5, and i3en—with varying compute, memory, and storage options to allow customers to "right size" the instance for their specific use case.

Enhanced Disaster Recovery and App Migration

Powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, i3en instances include new capabilities that provide an enhanced solution for disaster recovery and the cloud migration of data-intensive applications.

Intel® technology-powered i3en instances allow your customers to load more resources on fewer instances, while scaling up performance. They are perfectly suited to those needing improved compute performance, higher storage density, and increased read/write performance. Examples of workloads that will benefit from these new instances include high-performance computing and analytics, data warehousing, distributed file systems, and large databases of all kinds.

Greater Performance and Lower Costs on Intel

Thanks to multi-year engineering collaborations with VMware and AWS, 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors take advantage of the scalable memory, storage, and network bandwidth offered by VMware Cloud on the new AWS i3en instance (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: i3en instances offer greater performance, memory, storage, and network bandwidths compared with i3 instances.

Customers running Oracle database workloads within VMware Cloud on AWS can expect to achieve 18 percent more throughput per core and about double the throughput for similar-sized software-defined data centers (SDDCs) with i3en than with i3 instances.4  The same performance increases also apply to customers running Microsoft SQL Server database workloads.5

VMware Cloud on Intel-Based AWS in the Real World

Many well-known organizations around the world are already benefitting from the increased speed and agility of a hybrid cloud environment built on VMware Cloud with Intel-based AWS instances. For example:

To hear each of these customer stories in more detail, watch the VMware Cloud webinar.

To learn more about how Intel can help your customer deploy VMware on AWS with technical and funding resources, visit or contact your local account team.

The following papers may be of interest for those wanting to learn more about Oracle or Microsoft SQL on VMware:

Product and Performance Information

11.65X Average Performance: Geomean based on Normalized Generational Performance (estimated based on Intel internal testing of OLTP Brokerage, SAP SD* 2-Tier, HammerDB*, Server-side Java*, SPEC*int_rate_base2006, SPEC*fp_rate_base2006, Server Virtualization, STREAM* triad, LAMMPS, DPDK L3 Packet Forwarding, Black-Scholes, Intel® Distribution for LINPACK*.
2Up to 4.2x VMs based on virtualization consolidation workload: Based on Intel® internal estimates 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690 on Romley-EP with 256 GB Total Memory on VMware ESXi* 6.0 GA using Guest OS RHEL6.4, glassfish3.1.2.2, postgresql* 9.2. Data Source: Request Number: 1718, Benchmark: server virtualization workload, Score: 377.6 @ 21 VMs Higher is better
3Up to 65% lower 4-year TCO estimate example based on equivalent rack performance using VMware ESX virtualized consolidation workload comparing 20 installed 2-socket servers with Intel Xeon processor E5-2690 (formerly ‘Sandy Bridge-EP") running VMware ESXi 6.0 GA using Guest OS RHEL6.4 compared at a total cost of $919,362 to 5 new Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8160 (Skylake) running VMware ESX6.0 U3 GA using Guest OS RHEL 6 64bit at a total cost of $320,879 including basic acquisition. Server pricing assumptions based upon current OEM retail published pricing for 2-socket server with Broadwell based Intel Xeon processor systems-subject to change based on actual pricing of systems offered.*