Moving vm's between cloud

hey guys,

we have some vm's in the cloud with a hosted provider, and we'd like to move to another cloud provider.

What would be the easiest way to move these over?
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Cobra25Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Andrew, thanks!

Question - will this mimic the exact VM over? Or do i have to rebuild the same VM on the other side?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It migrates an exact copy in real time.

it does it by creating a new VM, of the same type, and transferring the contents, and make it work!

That's the only way from one cloud to another cloud, of different types!

It does depend, what Cloud Provider you are on, going from and to!
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Andrew, how can I verify it will work between cloud providers? What should I look for?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What hypervisor is in use!

They maybe now method of easy migration other than ask for your servers back!

What does it say in the contract if you terminate, and want your data back?

Do you get your data, or VMs, or both?
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Cobra25Author Commented:
VMWARE ESX on one side, the other side is open for whatever i'd like to "install"

We dont OWN the servers.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Install VMware vSphere, and then you can use the software above.

or "VMware Converter."

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Cobra25Author Commented:
Andrew, essentially this is a VtoV conversion, is that the best software to go with?

Do the IP's have to be reconfigured?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, IPs do have to re-configured, but that's highly likely anyway, moving between Cloud Providers!
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Andrew,

So it would migrate all apps and everything over except IPs?
What else wouldn't move over?

Do the esx versions have to match? What about different hardware does that make difference to vmware?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So it would migrate all apps and everything over except IPs?
What else wouldn't move over?

Using converter, it's a clone, other than you will need to setup the network interface again.

Use Double Take MOVE, and it's identical!

Do the esx versions have to match? What about different hardware does that make difference to vmware?

The hosts can be different, that's the benefit of VMware, basic virtual hardware is the same.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Andrew, i think im sold on DoubeTake Move!

So in essence while someone is using the old provider server and entering data,

this is all being transferred to the new VM at the new provider, once they are done.

I flip the DNS and they ready to go on the new provider?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can flip the server, called Failover at any time, once the replication/copy has completed, and then change DNS, and your done!

You can also pre-populate the VM with different IP Address if required.

It's a very slick product, see my EE Article, for full "demo", I believe my article is being used within Vision Solutions, tell them I recommend it to you!!!!

Andy
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