The hybrid cloud team at VMware is excited to announce the general availability of vCloud Connector 2.6.
VMware vCloud Connector links vSphere-based private and public clouds via a single interface, allowing you to manage them as a single hybrid environment. You can transfer virtual machines (VMs), vApps (collections of VMs with related resource controls and network settings), and templates from one vSphere-based cloud to another. You can also set up a content library to distribute and synchronize templates across clouds and extend a single Layer 2 network from your private data center to a vSphere-based public cloud.
With vCloud Connector 2.6, VMware has converged the core and advanced versions into a single free edition with access to all vCloud Connector features. Yes, advanced edition features such as content sync and data center extension are now free! A VMware vCloud Suite license or VMware vCloud Hybrid Service subscription is no longer required to take advantage of these advanced edition features.
We have also made significant improvements to the copy operation in this release:
- Path Optimized Copy with Retry increases the resiliency of the vCloud Connector copy operation. We have redesigned the copy operation to include a transfer buffer, before the bits are sent out to the destination node, in the source vCloud Connector node. This design change ensures transfer continuity in case of network failures.
- Pre-Copy Checks and validations improve reliability of the vCloud Connector copy.
- Configurable Guest Customization settings are now available, including the option to preserve Guest OS settings.
- A New Direct or Fenced network connection mode for deployment of any vApp to a destination vCloud Director-based cloud.
Overall, we have made substantial investments to improve the reliability and functionality of the product, reducing the on-ramp from onsite data centers to public clouds such as vCloud Hybrid Service.