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VMware on AWS - How to restore NSX DFW firewall rules to previous state

Customers who uses NSX day-in, day-out would like to have a point-in time restore functionality of DFW firewall rules. Many customer have a large footprints in VMC and make changes to DFW quite often. This feature was missing for long time and we could see its included in recent versions . Let's see how DFW configuration roll back works  NSX DFW configuration has versioning, and it is stored in the NSX Manager.  Every time when someone update DFW configuration, NSX creates one more version but keep storing the previous ones. You can rollback for previous config but reapplying it once again.  You can find the options under Networking & Security tab , > Security > Distributed Firewall . In the right side we see an Actions drop down. Choose View to get to the below screen.  Let’s go through the use case:  1. Original state- default config with no custom rules:  a. There are no saved configurations during last 30 days: In my existing test setup, with the current setting

Extend your datacenter with Confidence using VMware Cloud on AWS (Part-1)

As per Gartner, 100 percent of Fortune 500 and Fortune Global 100 companies use VMware, and more than 500,000 customers have saved billions of dollars worldwide. Approximately 85 percent of all virtualized applications run on VMware. 

Many companies still rely on their own data centers and manage their IT infrastructure with long-standing, proven solutions from VMware. But many would also like to benefit from the advantages of a public cloud solution, such as high scalability, reliability, and flexible costs. This is made possible with VMware Cloud on AWS. It enables companies to bring their vSphere-based workloads into the public cloud and combine them with modern services from AWS, such as S3 object storage or an RDS database service, if required.

Why move to Cloud: 

Common scenarios include 

1. Company strategy to implement cloud-first mandates
2. Aging infrastructure or major hardware refreshes
3. Expiring contracts or co-location lease expiration
4.     Accelerate migrations with operational consistency and flexibility
5.     Reduce costs while scaling global business demand
6.     Modernize workloads and increase innovation with cloud-native services 

There are also those who prefer to use the overhead devoted to managing datacenters to focus on building applications. According to a recent survey, on average, 40% of server hardware is over three years old — and respondents whose entire service fleet is three-plus years old say they have higher costs and slower time-to-market as a result.

What customer Say: 

 "Rather than datacenters, we are moving toward centers of data, placed and optimized to provide the most business value. This also expands the role and responsibilities of central IT to one of a business enabler, rather than a purveyor of equipment and software. "

What is VMware Cloud on AWS: 

VMware Cloud on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise-class SDDC software to the AWS Cloud with optimized access to native AWS services. VMC is an innovative service built on a joint engineering relationship between AWS and VMware powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware Cloud on AWS integrates VMware's compute, storage, and network virtualization products (VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX) along with VMware vCenter Server management, optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure and continue innovating your business.  

Why customer should use VMware Cloud on AWS?

AWS is VMware's preferred public cloud partner for all vSphere-based workloads. VMware Cloud on AWS provides customers with consistent and interoperable infrastructure and services between VMware-based datacenters and the AWS cloud, which minimizes the complexity and associated risks of managing diverse environments. 

1. Customer is already pursuing a cloud strategy
2. Expand the VMware environment into the cloud
3. VMware Cloud on AWS seamlessly moves the traditional workloads into VMware Cloud on AWS
4. Customer can continue to use VMware technology that is proven in the On-premise environment
5. Park the VMware based workloads in the Cloud and plan for the modernization at the pace with which the company can adapt

You set the pace: modernize VMware workloads in simple steps

Lift & shift: Migrate your VMware workloads to the AWS Cloud. This allows you to continue operations seamlessly without changing or adjusting workloads.

Enhance: Add >150 native AWS services such as S3 object storage or the RDS database service to existing workloads.

Refactor: Completely transform your traditional applications on AWS into native cloud solutions. Do so according to your needs and at your own pace.

To be continued … part 2 – Migration strategy 

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