Businesses are investing heavily in efforts to migrate workloads from local infrastructure to public clouds, in part motivated by the hypothesis that once cloud-based, these workloads will be relatively easy to move from one cloud provider to another. Unfortunately, the reality is hardly that simple.
It is estimated that about half of all cloud workloads are “lifting and shifting” migrations that aim to replicate existing on-premises workloads in a more cost-effective, scalable and flexible environment.
Migration does not have to be one-way, as needs and business circumstances (along with supplier productivity issues) may dictate change in the future. IT must be able to relatively move a program or service from one infrastructure environment to another, such as from a local data center to the public cloud, from one cloud provider to another, or from the cloud back to on-prem infrastructure.
Achieving such portability requires organizations to create and maintain hybrid connectivity for application migration and ongoing workload rebalancing. No matter what platform they work on, they must always meet security, compliance, performance, availability and financial needs.
Workloads include applications and a range of often platform-specific dependencies, such as virtual machines (VMs), servers, and data. So moving workload from one environment to another without any code modifications is inherently a complex endeavor.
“Different cloud providers have their own APIs, semantics, capabilities, syntax and other nuances that make workload portability one of the most challenging forms of portability in multiple clouds,” he wrote. Armon Dadgar, Technical director and co-founder of the software company for infrastructure automation HashiCorp.
While multi-cloud architectures are complex today, they will become more so in the future. Cloud providers work very differently from on-premises data centers and on-premises virtual machines. New security protocols need to be adopted to ensure that both cloud-based and on-premises components are end-to-end protected. The compatibility of source and destination platforms and the choice of migration tools can affect the speed and cost of migration efforts. But business managers don’t want complexity; they want consistency in their environment.
VMware’s success has been built in part on enabling seamless virtual machine migration between platforms and providing a highly secure, highly reliable infrastructure that gives organizations the flexibility to move workloads as needed to best meet business requirements. VMware HCX was created to streamline application migration, workload rebalancing, and business continuity in data centers and the cloud.
Designed to enable high-performance large-scale application mobility in VMware vSphere and non-vSphere cloud and local environments, HCX can streamline multi-cloud by actively moving and balancing workloads to scale, match, secure and manage costs.
VMware Cloud Universal offers the flexibility to purchase and use a multi-cloud subscription with a wide range of solutions. VMware HCX is interoperable with VMware Cloud Universal for workload portability in hybrid, private, peripheral and public clouds. Together, they provide a coherent infrastructure and a standardized, validated architecture on which to shift data center workloads to hybrid cloud; move your own cloud workloads to a data center or peripheral; and naturally manage applications and workloads in multiple public clouds.
VMware Cloud Universal with VMware HCX also ensures business continuity through multi-cloud travel and IT transformation through:
- Combining automated network connectivity and optimized data replication for easy connection of environments, protection of critical applications and ensuring availability.
- Perform group migration of live virtual machines with parallel movement of hundreds of virtual machines
- Simplify migration planning with built-in tools that easily identify application-workload connections and logically group virtual machines for efficient migration.
- Allow mobility between data centers and multiple clouds, whether from your on-premises data center to any cloud, or between cloud regions or a provider to optimize resource utilization.
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