Public cloud solution are getting more and more important. During the 2015 edition of VMworld, VMware announced cross-cloud vMotion, Cloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager, vCloud Air Catalog & Content Library and SRM Air.
Let’s have a close look at all these new features:
From vMotion between two ESXi hosts, to vMotion between ESXi hosts without shared storage, to cross-vCenter vMotion: VMware has made a lot of improvements to this great live migration technology. The next member of the vMotion family is a cross-cloud vMotion. With this feature you can seamlessly migrate virtual machines from on-prem to vCloud Air…and back. Benefits are avoiding disasters by quickly migrating VMs to vCloud Air for continued business operations. Another scenario is easily migrating test workloads running in vCloud Air back to on-premises and vice versa. Optionally you can choose replication based migration: virtual machines are migrated using vSphere replication, with scheduling options and ability to retain a copy on source vSphere environment.
vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager
The vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager (HCM) is a free downloadable solution for the vSphere WebClient. The HCM improves the administrators hybrid cloud experience by consolidating various capabilities. Hybrid management options are:
- vCloud Air management directly from the vSphere WebClient;
- Hybrid networking;
- Hybrid identity;
- Workload portability.
There’s also a strong integration with vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations.
vCloud Air Catalog and Content Library
The vCloud Air Catalog and Content Library stores and synchronizes virtual machines, OVFs and ISOs between on-premises vSphere and vCloud Air.
SRM (Site Recovery Manager) Air is in tech preview and offers a recovery plan management and enhanced orchestration for vCloud Air disaster recovery. This is an improvement on the existing orchestration capabilities of vCloud Air DR announced back in March 2015.
SRM Air is deployed and managed as a SaaS application. Some key benefits of this new solution are:
- Easy setup
- Failover and failback
- Multiple recovery plans
- IP address changes
- Multi-site topologies
- Non-disruptive testing
- Priority groups
- Startup dependencies
Also learn more about what’s new in the latest version of Site Recovery Manager, version 6.2, here.