VMware customers are now able to migrate non-vSphere, as well as increased amounts of on-premises application workloads, to many different cloud solutions using a brand new release of their organization's Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) application-mobility computer software.
Launched in 2017, VMware HCX lets vSphere clients tie together on-premises systems and software with a number of cloud solutions. vSphere VMware's flagship virtualization platform.
HCX includes services such as routing and WAN optimization and may use other VMware products and solutions such as the firm's core networking applications, NSX. NSX is aimed at organizations looking to encourage multivendor cloud-native applications, bare-metal workloads, hypervisor environments along with the growing hybrid vehicle and multicloud worlds. HCX is also contained in additional VMware packages for example its VMware Cloud on AWS.
The main idea with HCX would be to simplify the process of migrating, connecting, populating and protecting software in a hybrid cloud environment, VMware stated.
"Enterprises cannot realize the promise of a modern data centre or hybrid cloud until they can freely move applications and workloads between surroundings," VMware stated. "VMware HCX enables data centre and cloud transformations by simplifying the process of linking, populating and maximizing software positioning in modern cloud infrastructures."
In the most recent release, called HCX VMware Enterprise, the company has expanded the software's reach by adding 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 systems 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 grow with future releases, according to VMware.
Additionally, VMware is incorporating support for its vMotion package that allows 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 bulk and also scheduling when migration is going to be completed, allowing customers control application 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 integrate with VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to provide customers secure backup and disaster-recovery capabilities.
"We see hybrid and multicloud becoming a reality for customers with modernization projects surrounding public clouds, personal clouds, telco clouds, and even exposing to the edge," wrote Allwyn Sequeira, VMware senior vice president, and also general director 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 across them, and extending the ability to perform replication and vMotion to permit the freedom of movement that's needed to support evolving strategies for software and platform investments."
VMware HCX Enterprise is available today.
The HCX announcement is part of VMware's continuing evolution to cloud technologies. In July the company teamed with Google to support VMware workloads in its Google Cloud service, giving customers more options for deploying enterprise applications.
The hybrid-cloud service called Google Cloud VMware Option by CloudSimple will use VMware software-defined data center (SDCC) technologies including VMware vSphere, NSX and vSAN applications deployed on a stage administered by CloudSimple for GCP.
VMware also includes a hybrid cloud partnership with Microsoft's Azure cloud support. That bundle, known as Azure VMware Solutions is developed on VMware Cloud Foundation, which will be a packaging of this company's traditional compute virtualization program vSphere with its NSX system virtualization product and its VSAN software-defined storage area network product.
Also recently, VMware bulked up its cloud offerings by purchasing Avi Networks' load-balancing, analytics and application-delivery technology for an undisclosed sum.
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