Migrating to a VMware Cloud for Application Developers: Getting Started

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Software Development, VMware

Migrating to the cloud can be deceptively simple. There are a variety of cloud migration utilities that can convert physical machines, virtual machines, and even third-party images to various VMware server formats. Even with conversion tools making your life easier, there are a myriad of concerns to keep in mind. Ready to begin?

plugging a cord into the cloudInitial Considerations

Before making the leap to cloud infrastructure, you should think hard about your implementation and how it can best serve your business:

If this is your first cloud migration, application developers might consider starting  with low-risk, low-value apps to get used to the cloud environment before migrating heavy-duty items. Applications with minimal customer data, apps that require burstability, or less vital low-bandwidth apps are all good choices.

Measure Current Server Usage

In order to ensure a smooth migration, you’ll need to know your current server environment front to back. This will help you purchase the right amount of hardware and licenses, and hopefully evade any application compatibility issues. This is also a chance to evaluate your current hardware to decide what use, if any, it will serve post-migration.

You may have an existing or built-in tool to measure performance, or you can use a variety of third party tools. VMware also offers a Capacity Planner designed to collect all necessary metrics on Windows servers. A VMware business partner can install this tool for you. Alternatively, the light version of Capacity Planner is built into vCenter and leads directly into the Converter tool.

Update: Ready to get started migrating? Read how to use vCenter Converter to move your physical machine or existing virtual machine to a VMware cloud.

Posted By: Joe Kozlowicz