VMware opens, reinforces hybrid-cloud migration software

VMware customers are now able to migrate non-vSphere, in addition to increased amounts of on-premises program workloads, to many different cloud solutions with a brand new release of the organization’s Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) application-mobility software.

Introduced in 2017, VMware HCX allows vSphere customers tie together on-premises systems and software with a number of cloud services. vSphere VMware’s flagship virtualization platform.

HCX includes services such as routing and WAN optimization and can use other VMware products and services like the firm’s core media applications, NSX. NSX is aimed at organizations looking to support multivendor cloud-native programs, bare-metal workloads, hypervisor environments and the growing hybrid vehicle and multicloud worlds. HCX can also be contained in additional VMware packages such as its VMware Cloud on AWS.

The main idea with HCX is to simplify the process of migrating, linking, populating and protecting software in a hybrid environment, VMware stated.

“Enterprises cannot understand the guarantee of a modern data center or hybrid cloud until they can freely move programs and workloads between surroundings,” VMware stated. “VMware HCX enables data centre and cloud transformations by simplifying the process of linking, populating and continually optimizing software placement in contemporary cloud infrastructures.”

In the latest release, called HCX VMware Enterprise, the company has expanded the software’s reach with the addition of service for non-vSphere workloads — for example software running on RedHat OpenStack/KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V environments.

The existing HCX Enterprise release supports the following KVM guest VM operating methods for migrating into a vSphere surroundings: RHEL 6.x (64-bit), RHEL 7.x, CentOS 6.x, CentOS 7.x, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The list will continue to develop with future releases, according to VMware.

In addition, VMware is incorporating service for its vMotion bundle which permits the the live migration of a VM’s file system from one storage platform to another. The concept is to allow the replication of VMs in mass and and scheduling when migration is going to be finished, letting customers control program cutover to minimize business risk.

“For the first time VMware HCX combines the benefits of vSphere replication and vMotion in a single VM migration option,” composed Ninad Desai, Director of Product Management for VMware HCX. “It hugely simplifies the preparation, implementation, and operationalization of large-scale mobility to public or private clouds.”

Last, VMware said HCX Enterprise will incorporate with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to provide customers secure backup and disaster-recovery capabilities.

“We view hybrid and multicloud becoming a reality for clients with modernization projects surrounding public clouds, personal clouds, telco clouds, as well as exposing to the border,” wrote Allwyn Sequeira, VMware senior vice president, and general manager of its Hybrid Service business unit. “HCX provides a freedom platform across all of these domain names by abstracting the underlying infrastructure, automating the creation of connectivity throughout them, and extending the ability to perform replication and vMotion to enable the freedom of motion that’s needed to support evolving approaches for software and stage investments.”

VMware HCX Enterprise is available today.

The HCX announcement is part of VMware’s continuing evolution to cloud technologies. In July the firm teamed with Google to natively support VMware workloads in its Google Cloud service, giving customers more options for deploying business applications.

The hybrid-cloud service named Google Cloud VMware Solution by CloudSimple will use VMware software-defined data center (SDCC) technologies such as VMware vSphere, NSX and vSAN applications deployed on a stage administered by CloudSimple for GCP.

VMware also has a hybrid partnership with Microsoft’s Azure cloud service. That bundle, known as Azure VMware Solutions is built on VMware Cloud Foundation, which is a packaging of the organization’s traditional compute virtualization software vSphere with its NSX network virtualization product and its VSAN software-defined storage area network product.

Also recently, VMware bulked up its own cloud offerings by buying Avi Networks’ load-balancing, analytics and application-delivery technology for an undisclosed amount.

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