VMware Cloud on AWS Set to Enable vMotion Virtual Machine Migration

by Sean Michael Kerner

Nearly three months after VMware Cloud on AWS became generally available, the platform is getting a major expansion.

In traditional data centers, vMotion has long been one of the most popular and most used features of the VMware virtualization portfolio.

With vMotion, workloads can migrate or "motion" from one virtual infrastructure to another, though typically those infrastructure deployments have been limited by geography. On Nov. 28, VMware announced that vMotion will soon work with its VMware Cloud on AWS platform, enabling users to vMotion on-premises workloads to the cloud. The new vMotion feature is set to become generally available in early 2018.

"With VMware vSphere vMotion, new L2 stretched networking features, and AWS Direct Connect, customers will be able to migrate applications from their on premises VMWare cluster into VMware on AWS without any disruptions to the application, and without having to make any changes to the network configuration," VMware stated in a press release.

Amazon and VMware first began to publicly discuss in October 2016 their joint effort  to bring VMware services to AWS. At the VMworld 2017 event in August, VMware and AWS announced the general availability of the VMware Cloud.

The initial general availability of VMware Cloud on AWS was limited just to the U.S. West (Oregon) region, but it is now being expanded to also include AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia).

New Hybrid Cloud Extension Service Announced

Beyond just vMotion, VMWare also announced a preview of the new Hybrid Cloud Extension Service that is intended to enable larger scale migration for on-premises workloads to the cloud.

"Hybrid Cloud Extension service will enable customers to adopt the latest and greatest that VMware Cloud on AWS offers, without the need to refactor applications and redo security and compliance architectures," Allwyn Sequeira, SVP and GM, Hybrid Services business unit at VMware, wrote in a blog post. "Using Hybrid Cloud Extension service, customers will be able to move applications to VMware Cloud on AWS at scale without any change in IP and any impact to application runtime, performance and reachability."

VMware also announced the news Site Recovery services providing failover and backup capabilities for VWwareCloud on AWS customers.

"The momentum for VMware Cloud on AWS is growing rapidly, and VMware and AWS are delivering major new capabilities after only three months of availability while enhancing our strategic relationship with new integrations across our platforms," Mark Lohmeyer, vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware, stated.

"Customers of VMware Cloud on AWS will be able to migrate application portfolios to the cloud even more rapidly with Hybrid Cloud Extension and AWS Direct Connect, while maintaining the optimal levels of performance, scale, and availability required for mission-critical apps," Lohmeyer continued.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

This article was originally published on Tuesday Nov 28th 2017
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