Key Capabilities of Amazon RDS on VMware

Deploy RDS on VMware managed databases in your VMware vSphere environments.

Fully Managed Databases On-Premises

Easily provision, monitor, and operate relational databases in your VMware vSphere of choice, including Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MySQL databases.

For supported Database versions click here.

Simplify database management by automating repetitive administration tasks, including:

• Database provisioning
• OS and database patching
• Backup and restore
• Point-in-time restore
• Compute scaling
• Instance health monitoring
• Failover

 

 

 

Databases Available and Durable

The service ensures availability of your managed databases by monitoring capabilities to detect unhealthy database instances and automatically recover them using the same storage volume.

Manually or automatically back up your on-premises databases with point-in-time restore and automated retention periods applied individually to each database.

 

Scalability and Performance

Scale Compute and memory resources in your on-premises database using the same methods as with an Amazon RDS instance in AWS.

Easily scale read-heavy workloads beyond the capacity constraints of a single database instance using read replicas.

Monitor the performance of your RDS on VMware managed databases with Amazon CloudWatch metrics at no additional charge, including resource utilization, I/O activity, and instance connections.

 

 

Consistent Infrastructure and Operations

Run RDS on VMware on the same VMware vSphere infrastructure where your applications run. This means you can maintain operational consistency using the same VMware business tools you’re already familiar with, including vCenter.

How Can I Use Amazon RDS on VMware?

Understanding Amazon RDS on VMware

RDS on VMware offers a simple interface for managing databases, both on-premises and hybrid environments with high availability, scalability, and durability.

Running Amazon RDS on VMware

With Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware, you can use the same, simple interface to manage databases in on-premises VMware environments as you would use in AWS.

Deploy Managed Databases on-Premises with Amazon RDS on VMware

Amazon RDS on VMware makes it easy for you to set up, operate, and scale databases in on premises VMware vSphere environments using a single, simple interface.

Learn More About Amazon RDS on VMware

RDS on VMware: VMware vSphere Cluster Requirements and Installation

Detailed guide on how to download and set up the RDS on VMware Installer

RDS on VMware: vSphere Cluster Resiliency and High Availability

Learn how RDS on VMware takes advantage of key vSphere resiliency and high availability features

RDS on VMware: How to Set Up Microsoft SQL Server

Read this guide to learn how to connect your vSphere Cluster to a SQL Server database

Why Amazon RDS on VMware?

Reduces operational overhead for database management in your VMware data centers by automating administrative tasks.

Improve DBAs Efficiency

RDS on VMware helps your DBA to spend only a fraction of his time on routine management tasks, getting more time for new features and proactive tuning.

Simplify Database Management

Simple interface for creating, modifying and managing different SQL database engines using Console, CLI or API suitable for different user profiles.

Ensure Security and Compliance

Manage sensitive database workloads with consistency, whether on-premises or in the cloud, to ensure you comply with all regulations.

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    Amazon RDS on VMware delivers AWS-managed relational database in on-premises VMware environments. Managing relational database is complex and time-consuming, and RDS on VMware makes it easy to setup, scale, and operate relational databases in your VMware vSphere clusters. RDS on VMware uses the same simple interface, AWS Management Console, which you can use to manage databases both on premises and in AWS.

    RDS on VMware supports MySQL 5.7, PostgreSQL 10.9, and Microsoft SQL Server 2016 SP2 Enterprise Edition. For Microsoft SQL Server, customers will need to provide their own media and license (on-premises customer provided license).

    You can use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor database metrics in Amazon RDS on VMware (normal charges will apply).

    Yes, data in your databases managed by Amazon RDS on VMware stays on premises.

    Yes, the service supports customers connecting to the AWS Region using AWS Direct Connect.

    No. Amazon RDS on VMware does not support Amazon Aurora.

    Yes, you can use the same AWS CLI and RDS APIs to manage RDS databases running in AWS and in your on-premises VMware environment.

    RDS on VMware is available in AWS US East (Northern Virginia) Region

    • vSphere v6.5 or higher
    • VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition license
    • AWS Account on good standing
    • AWS Business or Enterprise support

    Yes, you need to bring your own media and your own Microsoft SQL Server license (on-premises customer provided license) to create RDS on VMware managed Microsoft SQL Server databases.

    To onboard RDS on VMware, you create a Custom Availability Zone from the AWS Management Console, in the AWS Region where you want to use the service. You then download the RDS on VMware installer from the AWS Management Console to the on-premises vSphere cluster where you want to use the service. When you run the installer, it deploys the local components for RDS on VMware on your vSphere cluster and connects your cluster to the Amazon RDS service running in the AWS Region. Once this process is complete, your newly created Custom Availability Zone will become “Active”. You can then create a new database using the AWS Management Console, CLI, or APIs by choosing the appropriate database engine and instance size. Please note that for Microsoft SQL Server, customers have to provide their own media and on-premises license to create the database.

    You can create, modify, and manage your RDS on VMware databases using the same AWS Management Console, CLI, and APIs as you do with Amazon RDS in AWS.

    RDS on VMware comprised of a set of VMs running on your vSphere infrastructure, connected through a dedicated VPN tunnel to the AWS Region. This service provides a single pane of glass experience via the AWS Management Console, CLI, and APIs to manage RDS databases running on-premises and in AWS. This service helps you to automatically perform the common database management tasks, including database provisioning, operating system and database patching, backup, point-in-time restore, compute scaling, instance health monitoring, and failover, freeing you to focus on your applications.

    Yes, RDS on VMware allows you to configure automated daily backups and to take user-initiated backups on-demand (DB snapshots). You can restore the database instance from a DB snapshot for all supported engines or to a specific point-in-time for MySQL and PostgreSQL.

    RDS on VMware allows you to specify automated backup retention period of up to 35 days for each database in your fleet. It is important to note that the RDS on VMware restore mechanism does not perform in-place replacement of existing databases. RDS on VMware creates a new database instance and restores your data to new volumes, allowing you to decide the best path forward in your specific situation.

    Yes, every RDS instance benefits from local, on-premises health monitoring. When RDS on VMware detects that the database instance is unhealthy, the service replaces the unhealthy database instance. Customers can continue to access their databases using the same FQDN.

    Yes. RDS on VMware takes care of both OS and database engine patching with minimal downtime. Patching happens during a configurable maintenance window for database instances.

    Your database instance availability is not impacted due to disruption in the network connection to the AWS Region from your vSphere cluster. In case of VPN disconnect, you will not be able to initiate any new database management operations using the AWS Management Console, CLI, or APIs. If AWS services are not reachable, database monitoring metrics will not be sent to Amazon CloudWatch.

    RDS on VMware does not support VADP or any other external backup solution.

    Yes, RDS on VMware works in an NSX environment.

    Yes, RDS on VMware supports vSphere Cluster running vSAN.

    No, RDS on VMware today only supports new database creations.

    Yes, RDS on VMware supports resource tags.

    No, only a single datastore is supported per cluster.

    Yes, RDS on VMware supports customers who are using a http proxy server in front of their Amazon RDS on VMware databases to protect their network from unauthorized access.

    During the installation process, the installer will prompt you to enter the right IP, port and authentication information. It will then validate this information until this information is correctly provided from customer and verified by the installer. After the cluster is up, proxy server will be periodically authenticated for changed credentials.

    As part of the installation process, you can specify your network proxy server through the RDS on VMware installer. Should you require to change a Network Proxy Server setting, you will need to contact AWS support with all the proxy information in the support ticket before making any modifications. AWS will need to make corresponding changes on the AWS side to support the new Network Proxy Server Information.

    You can provide only one proxy server information.

    RDS on VMware network proxy supports transparent and password-based authentication method.

    Yes, you can specify the maintenance window that’s most suitable or you can request to perform the upgrade immediately.

    Yes. You can engage with AWS Support for any issues with RDS on VMware, just as you would for any other AWS service.

    Understanding Amazon RDS on VMware

    Understanding Amazon RDS on VMware

    RDS on VMware offers a simple interface for managing databases, both on-premises and hybrid environments with high availability, scalability, and durability.

    • Overview
    Deploy Managed Databases on-Premises with Amazon RDS on VMware

    Deploy Managed Databases on-Premises with Amazon RDS on VMware

    Amazon RDS on VMware makes it easy for you to set up, operate, and scale databases in on premises VMware vSphere environments.

    • Overview
    Running Amazon RDS on VMware

    Running Amazon RDS on VMware

    With Amazon RDS on VMware, you can use the same, simple interface to manage databases in on-premises VMware environments as you would use in AWS.

    • Overview
    What is Amazon RDS on VMware?
    • Technical Documentation
    Whitepaper: How to Set Up Microsoft SQL Server Database for a Custom Availability Zone

    Whitepaper: How to Set Up Microsoft SQL Server Database for a Custom Availability Zone

    This document provides information on how to connect your vSphere Cluster to a SQL Server database.

    • Technical Documentation
    Whitepaper: VMware vSphere Cluster Resiliency and High Availability

    Whitepaper: VMware vSphere Cluster Resiliency and High Availability

    Learn how RDS on VMware can take advantage of key vSphere resiliency and high availability features.

    • Technical Documentation
    Whitepaper: VMware vSphere Cluster Requirements and RDS on VMware Installer Set Up

    Whitepaper: VMware vSphere Cluster Requirements and RDS on VMware Installer Set Up

    Read on to find out the detailed requirements and procedure to download and set up the RDS on VMware Installer.

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