Cameron Stockwell recently published an article with a video where virtualization administrators seamlessly migrate virtual machines and workloads across different hypervisors. Cameron’s demo demonstrated an one-way migration, but Cameron also alluded to the fact that the upcoming release of Acropolis will allow two-way migration between AHV (Acropolis Hypervisor) and ESXi – and hyper-v in the near future. The use cases for this type of migration could be disaster recovery, test & dev clusters, DMZ etc.
Here is the demo, pretty cool!
Application Mobility Journey
It is with no surprise that this type of simplicity is being rolled out by Nutanix. True application and workload mobility across public, private and hybrid clouds can only be achieved when there is complete hardware and hypervisor abstraction; for all types of hypervisors and clouds. Nutanix Cloud Connect already provides data migration across private and public clouds such as Windows Azure and AWS; and the hypervisor abstraction is just another step towards true application mobility.
This journey is well underway and will only be complete when applications can freely move across different stacks (public, private, hybrid, Openstack, hypervisors, etc…), and when tangible mechanisms are in place to manage cloud services and workloads independent where the data or compute resides. Nutanix is bringing simplicity and automation to tasks that frequently take hours or days to be accomplished by system administrators, including little nuggets like this one allowing for in-place hypervisor switching.
Here is Cameron’s article: http://invisibleinfra.com/2016/01/17/nutanix-4-5-cross-hypervisor-vm-conversion/
This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.