Thursday, 7. February 2019
Our customers have long been looking for a simplified migration path into the Virtual Datacenter. That’s why we proudly present the latest feature in the Virtual Datacenter, the VMware vCloud Extender.
Until now, depending on the source hypervisor, VMs had to be exported, converted and then uploaded to the Virtual Datacenter. In the worst case, a complete reinstallation was required and the VM was unavailable for several hours. The vCloud Extender shortens this interruption in less than three minutes and reduces the migration effort in just a few clicks. Seamlessly integrated into the existing on-premises vSphere environment, a Layer 2 VPN is built into the VDC and one or more VMs are migrated as a hot migration during operation. The initial initial synchronization is followed by any number of incremental synchronizations. During the cutover, the on-premises VM is stopped, a final incremental synchronization is performed and resumed in the VDC. The VM in the VDC retains its IP configuration and continues seamlessly through the Layer 2 VPN, or can be manually placed on a separate subnet if needed.
Integrating vCloud Extender with the local environment requires at least VMware vCenter Server 5.5 U3 with vSphere Essentials Plus Kit or higher. At least 100 Mbps of Internet bandwidth is recommended for data transmission.
After the migration and starting of the VMs in the Virtual Datacenter, all operated services are available again. When accessing the Internet, the traffic arrives at the on-premises gateway and is redirected via the Layer 2 VPN to the VM in the Virtual Datacenter. This leads to a double burden of on-premise internet connection. The following simplified architecture shows the problem.
Because the edge gateway in the VDC can not be directly connected to the extended LAN1, the dependency on the on-premises infrastructure persists, which is desirable in the fewest cases. To solve the problem, the migrated VMs must be moved to a separate VDC LAN, which also results in an adaptation of the IP configuration.
Access to on-premise systems continues to be via the on-premise Internet connection and access to the migrated VMs directly over the VDC Internet. If, for some reason, it is not possible to move the VMs to a separate VDC subnet, but still achieve independence, there is a workaround with a virtual firewall appliance between Extended LAN1 and VDC LAN.
With the virtual firewall as the second gateway in the Extended LAN1 and the adaptation of the default gateway of the migrated VMs, the decoupling of the on-premises infrastructure succeeds. From now on, access to the Internet on VDC systems will be via the VDC’s Internet connection.
The vCloud Extender is a much-anticipated tool for migrating on-premise workloads into Virtual Datacenter and for deploying hybrid architectures. The handling is simple, the migration process very slim and the downtime minimal. There’s nothing to stop you from migrating to the Virtual Datacenter.