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Hi All ,

I have been trying to understand the current trends in migrating workloads to cloud .

one of the solutions which vmware is providing and partnered with cloud provider like IBM is to use vmware cloud foundation (VCF) inside ibm bluemix and other major vendors.

consider a situation where on premise environmet is running on vsphere and if  vms needs to migrated to any cloud provider (for example AWS,Bluemix or azure) .does this king of migration

needs presence of VCF in cloud provider  (to have similar type of virtual machines format)??

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frank_wegner
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There are several topics to consider:

When you want to migrate VMware vSphere-based workloads into the cloud you need to differentiate between two scenarios:

  1. The cloud provider uses vSphere (ESXi) - in this case no refactoring or workload conversion is necessary. This saves a lot of effort, and it also ensures you can move back into your private cloud if you wanted to do so at a later time. This is the greatest flexibility. Examples: IBM Cloud, VMware Cloud on AWS, other VMware service providers
  2. The cloud provider uses a different virtual machine format - in this case you need to refactor or convert your virtual machines, this can be a long and complex process, and it usually is very hard to move back to your private cloud later. Examples: native AWS, Microsoft Azure

In the case of option 1 above: To speed up your migration, or even do mass-migration between clouds you can check out the VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension.

VMware Cloud Foundation helps, because it is the easiest way to build and maintain your VMware software defined-data center private cloud. It does not do the migration itself, it is the infrastructure below. When service providers like IBM use VMware Cloud Foundation, and you have VMware CLoud Foundation in your own data center - then you have the same architectures (vSphere + vSAN + NSX) which makes it much easier to distribute applications, and you have a common management experience.

I hope this helps.

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frank_wegner
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There are several topics to consider:

When you want to migrate VMware vSphere-based workloads into the cloud you need to differentiate between two scenarios:

  1. The cloud provider uses vSphere (ESXi) - in this case no refactoring or workload conversion is necessary. This saves a lot of effort, and it also ensures you can move back into your private cloud if you wanted to do so at a later time. This is the greatest flexibility. Examples: IBM Cloud, VMware Cloud on AWS, other VMware service providers
  2. The cloud provider uses a different virtual machine format - in this case you need to refactor or convert your virtual machines, this can be a long and complex process, and it usually is very hard to move back to your private cloud later. Examples: native AWS, Microsoft Azure

In the case of option 1 above: To speed up your migration, or even do mass-migration between clouds you can check out the VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension.

VMware Cloud Foundation helps, because it is the easiest way to build and maintain your VMware software defined-data center private cloud. It does not do the migration itself, it is the infrastructure below. When service providers like IBM use VMware Cloud Foundation, and you have VMware CLoud Foundation in your own data center - then you have the same architectures (vSphere + vSAN + NSX) which makes it much easier to distribute applications, and you have a common management experience.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks Frank.this is helpful.

The cloud provider i.e IBM is using VCF so no workload conversion is needed.