CDW Limited

CDW VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud on AWS is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, leveraging VMware Cloud Foundation (vSphere, NSX and vSAN) to deliver software-defined data centres (SDDCs) as a cloud service on Amazon Web Services (AWS)


  • VMware SDDC delivered as a cloud service on AWS
  • On-demand capacity & flexible hourly consumption available globally
  • Run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure
  • Operates in multiple Availability Zones within the UK
  • Single UI and API for vMotion between on-premises and cloud
  • Automated cluster scaling and host remediation
  • Direct Connect and L2VPN connectivity and offline data transfer options
  • Access AWS services (EBS, RDS, Lambda, etc..) without network charges
  • vMotion between on-premises and the cloud


  • Jointly engineered to deliver the best of VMware and AWS
  • Unparalleled security of combined VMware and AWS technologies and operations
  • Industry leading portability enables migration to and from the Cloud
  • Full operational consistency with onpremise VMware technologies
  • Scalable infrastructure available when and where you need it
  • Common virtual infrastructure makes hybrid deployments truly possible
  • Disaster Recover economics are transformed by the cloud
  • Support existing and next-generation applications and containers in one platform


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Telephone: 0161 837 7744

Service scope

Service constraints
System requirements

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
"VMware Cloud Service Support Policies are published: Critical (SaaS Severity 1) 30 minutes or less: 24x7 Major (SaaS Severity 2) 4 business hours Minor (SaaS Severity 3) 8 business hours Cosmetic (SaaS Severity 4) 12 business hours
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
Yes, at an extra cost
Web chat support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Web chat accessibility testing
VMware Cloud on AWS leverages in-product chat from Details about chat accessibility can be found here.
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
VMware Cloud on AWS provides 24/7 production level support as part of the service at no additional cost.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
VMware provides a range of resources to help to start using the VMware Cloud on AWS service. These include comprehensive documentation (in multiple formats), introductory videos, hands-on labs, online and in-person training, access to a large ecosystem of partners and support from the Customer Success team and public sector account team.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
End-of-contract data extraction
Migration of data to and from VMware Cloud on AWS is fully managed by the customer. Documentation exists along with additional tools and services to facilitate the migration of data. VMware Cloud on AWS natively runs VMware vSphere which stores customer data in an industry accepted virtual machine format and VMware vSphere natively supports the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), making it simple to download, clone, migrate, copy, port or transfer workloads between environments.
End-of-contract process
If you are using the Service Offering on an on-demand basis, you can cancel at any time by deleting your SDDC, using the VMware Cloud on AWS Console. You will be charged for all usage up to the point of termination. Unless you purchase a new subscription, upon expiration of the Subscription Term all services will continue to operate on an on-demand basis and you will be billed at the then current on-demand rate for those services until you cancel your on-demand use.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Using the web interface
The VMware Cloud on AWS Console enables customers to provision Software Defined Data Centers, Configure Networking, Add/Remove Hosts, Connect to the Virtual Center interface and get support. The Virtual Center Interface enables customers to manage their entire Software Defined Data Center.
Web interface accessibility standard
WCAG 2.1 A
Web interface accessibility testing
The Virtual Center interface has undergone accessibility testing by an independent third party. Results of all VMware accessibility tests can be found at:
What users can and can't do using the API
After the initial creation of the organisation's account, the service can be configured and operated via the API interface. VMware Cloud on AWS Service APIs, vSphere APIs and NSX API interfaces are all supported.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • Other
Command line interface
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface
Customers have access to all published and documented APIs through a command prompt.


Scaling available
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources
Customer environments are logically and physically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. Each customer SDDC runs on dedicated hardware which eliminates the potential for other customers to affect their workloads. VMware and AWS both continuously monitor service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirement
Usage notifications
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • Other


Infrastructure or application metrics
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
VSphere provide comprehensive infrastructure logs Performance logs
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards


Supplier type
Reseller providing extra support
Organisation whose services are being resold

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Other locations
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
What’s backed up
Account configuration information SDDC Configuration information
Backup controls
Customers retain control and ownership of their virtual machines and have the ability to use their own backup and recovery solution. VMware Cloud on AWS enables virtual machine images to be replicated by Site Recovery Manager to another Availability Zone or to a datacenter of the customer's choosing, which ensures that workloads would always exist in more than one physical location. There are many companies that offer backup and recovery solutions that are compatible with VMware Cloud on AWS service. A list of vendors can be found here:
Datacentre setup
Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups
Users schedule backups through a web interface
Backup recovery
Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
VMware will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that each component of the Service Offering ("service component") is “Available” during a given billing month (as defined in the Service Description) equal to the “Availability Commitment” specified in the table below: Service Component Availability Commitment SDDC Infrastructure 99.9% SDDC Management 99.9% VMware Site Recovery - Management 99.9% More information about the SLA can be found at:
Approach to resilience
VMware has implemented backup or redundancy mechanisms to ensure compliance with regulatory, statutory and contractual obligations. VMware has a defined Information Security Program that includes Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) strategies for data and hardware redundancy, network configuration redundancy and backups and regular testing exercises. VMware Cloud on AWS uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) geographically resilient data hosting options. Data centers are built in clusters in various global regions. VMware provides customers the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions as well as across multiple Availability Zones within each regions to support their resiliency needs.
Outage reporting
The real-time status of the VMware Cloud on AWS services along with past incidents is publicly available on

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Management interfaces implement role-based access controls and require members to authenticate against the corporate identity provider. Access is managed through the management gateway which restricts access based on originating IP address and SSL usage. Additional security and authentication mechanisms including the use of time-based credentials are used to secure and monitor access.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)
  • Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
CSA STAR accreditation date
CSA STAR certification level
Level 1: CSA STAR Self-Assessment
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover
PCI certification
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
Other security governance standards
Cyber Essentials Plus,
Information security policies and processes
"AWS implements formal, documented policies and procedures that provide guidance for operations and information security within the organisation. Policies address purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities and management commitment.

Employees maintain policies in a centralised and accessible location. AWS Security Assurance is responsible for familiarizing employees with the AWS security policies.

AWS has established information security functions that are aligned with defined structure, reporting lines, and responsibilities. Leadership involvement provides clear direction and visible support for security initiatives.

Policies are approved by AWS leadership at least annually or following a significant change to the AWS environment."

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
The VMware Cloud on AWS team has a comprehensive development lifecycle and and change management system in place. Continuous reviews and testing occur on the software development pipelines for individual products and components. VMware generates builds from approved components and runs these through BITs (Basic Integration Tests), PVTs (Product Validation Tests), FSLite (Feature Stress Lite Tests) and continuous Loop tests for Deployment, Upgrade and Cluster expansion/ reduction. Additionally, we run performance tests, feature stress tests, security scans, vulnerability tests and System Tests at scale for every cycle.
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
VMware has a comprehensive vulnerability management program in place which includes continuous internal and regular third-party vulnerability scanning and penetration testing. The VMware Security Response Center (VSRC) leads the analysis and remediation of service security issues. VSRC receives reports directly and monitors the ecosystem for relevant security issues and works with VMware Research and Development to develop and resolve issues. VMware Cloud on AWS has the capability to rapidly patch vulnerabilities. Remediation efforts and timelines are prioritized and applied using industry best practices. For further details on the process and our commitment to customers, see the VMware Security Response Policy
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
VMware has a Security Operations Center staffed 24x7 and alerted on security anomalies in the VMware Cloud on AWS environment. VMware Cloud on AWS has several intrusion detection/prevention mechanisms in place and the service continuously collects and monitors the environment logs which are correlated with both public and private threat feeds to spot suspicious and unusual activities. The customer is responsible for the security of the environment over which they have administrative level control.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
The process complies with industry standards for legally admissible chain- of-custody and forensic-data-collection management processes and controls. Response standards, procedures, methods are implemented based on the severity level. If VMware determines that unauthorized access to/use/disclosure of customer content, VMware will use commercially reasonable efforts to notify customers, taking into account any applicable law, regulations, governmental request. VMware will also notify customers of a suspected breach of the infrastructure if that breach occurred on a segment of the platform consumed by a customer, or in the event of Denial of Service attacks. VMware does not monitor guest workloads for such breaches.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Who implements virtualisation
Virtualisation technologies used
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Each VMware Cloud on AWS Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) is provisioned on dedicated bare-metal hardware within an AWS VPC dedicated to the customer. vSphere is installed on this dedicated hardware and customers are given access to their individual instance of Virtual Center to manage their virtual environment.

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Description of energy efficient datacentres
AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible. In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, AWS is focused on efficiency and continuous innovation across our global infrastructure. We are committed to powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. You can read more on our website

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible and to powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of our original target. In 2020, we became the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, reaching 65% renewable energy across our business. There are also environmental benefits inherent to running applications in the cloud. A study by 451 Research found that AWS infrastructure is 3.6 times more energy efficient than the median of surveyed enterprise data centres. More than two thirds of this advantage is attributable to a more energy efficient server population and higher server utilization. Our scale enables us to achieve higher resource utilization and energy efficiency than other enterprise data centres. AWS data centres are also more energy efficient than enterprise sites because of comprehensive efficiency programs that touch every facet of our facilities. For instance, when 451 Research factored in the carbon intensity of consumed electricity and renewable energy purchases (which reduce associated carbon emissions), they found that AWS performs the same task with an 88% lower carbon footprint.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

As part of our response to COVID-19, AWS is providing highly scalable and reliable infrastructure capacity, technical support, and AWS services to help customers with their research, remote work and learning, and other solutions to address their needs and the effects this is having on communities and businesses. Some examples include hosting the AWS Covid-19 data lake, a centralized repository of up-to-date and curated datasets focused on the spread and characteristics of Covid 19, powering South Africa’s GovChat chatbot to help citizens file and track Covid-19 relief applications, and supporting Volunteer Surge to recruit, train, and deploy 1 million volunteer health workers. We also offer a range of initiatives to help with creation of opportunities for those left unemployed due to the pandemic. AWS Training and Certification helps organisations and individuals to build and validate their cloud skills and AWS re/Start is a full-time, classroom-based skills development and training program that prepares individuals for careers in the cloud and connects them to potential employers, with a particular focus on unemployed or underemployed individuals. Amazon is also heavily invested in supporting employees, customers, and communities effected by the pandemic, and established a $25 million relief fund for partners, such as delivery drivers, and seasonal associates, facing financial hardship or quarantine.
Tackling economic inequality

Tackling economic inequality

AWS operates a wide range of initiatives which contribute across all areas of this broad theme. We support new businesses, entrepreneurs and start ups through AWS Activate which provides these organisations with a host of benefits, including AWS credits, AWS support plan credits, and architecture guidance to help them grow their business. Activate benefits are designed to give these organisations the right mix of tools, resources, and expert support so they can succeed with AWS while optimizing performance, managing risk, and keeping costs under control. We provide training and support for educational attainment through multiple schemes including AWS Academy, which empowers higher education institutions to prepare students for industry-recognized certifications and careers in the cloud, AWS Educate, which provides hundreds of hours of free self-paced training and resources for new-to-cloud learners, AWS Training and Certification, which helps organisations and individuals to build and validate their skills, and AWS re/Start which prepares unemployed and underemployed individuals for cloud careers through classroom-based training. Our Cloud Innovation Centres Program provides an opportunity for non-profits, education institutions, and government agencies to collaborate with other public sector organizations on their most pressing challenges, and we help customers to manage their security risks through running hackathons, game days, immersion days, and well architected reviews.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

"At AWS, we believe that technology should be built in a way that’s inclusive, diverse, and equitable. We’re committed to promoting equity best practices like responsible machine learning; and our cloud services power customers and partners who are working toward a more equitable world. AWS is dedicated to building the next generation of technical leaders by providing our communities with broader access to STEM education, including adults who are interested in transitioning to technical careers. So far, we’ve invested $50 million to support the creation of STEM-focused programs at AWS and partner organizations. We also just announced our intent to help 29 million people around the world grow their technical skills with free cloud computing training by 2025.
AWS GetIT is an initiative to encourage girls aged 12-13 to consider a career in tech – challenging long standing gender stereotypes. AWS GetIT invites teams from different schools to an app-building competition to solve real issues faced by their school or community. AWS re/Start is a full-time, classroom-based skills development and training program that prepares individuals for careers in the cloud and connects them to potential employers. The program is focused on unemployed or underemployed individuals, including military veterans, their families, and young people. The AWS Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Scholarship program aims to help underserved and underrepresented high school and college students learn foundational ML concepts to prepare them for careers in AI and ML. "


Amazon aims to be Earth’s safest place to work. We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Amazon employees. Our work environment allows almost anyone—regardless of background, skill level, or experience—to work with confidence. Everyone at Amazon shares ownership in creating a safe workplace, and we invest in resources to help our employees thrive. We are constantly evaluating new technologies and learning opportunities to optimize how employees and leaders build capabilities, receive critical safety information, and prepare to meet future challenges. WorkingWell is a new program developed by Amazon employees dedicated to global workplace health and safety. WorkingWell uses scientifically proven physical and mental activities, wellness exercises, and healthy eating habits to help recharge and reenergize the body. Connections is a real-time, company-wide employee feedback mechanism designed to listen to and learn from employees at scale to improve the employee experience. Each day, Connections questions are delivered to every Amazon employee on a computer, a workstation device, or hand scanner generating more than 1.2 million responses from employees daily. Connections analyses response data and provides insights to managers and leaders to review and take actions as they uncover issues or see opportunities to improve. Our global teams work closely with suppliers to communicate our standards and help suppliers build capacity to provide working environments that are safe and respectful of human rights. We routinely evaluate our supply chain to understand the highest risks to workers and prioritize our efforts.


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