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Enterprises small and large deploy public clouds with the goal of minimizing costs by decreasing IT infrastructure and increasing usage of a private cloud. However, some offerings in the market make it expensive and time-consuming for customers to make this transition to the cloud. At VMware, our vCloud Powered public clouds offer smoother workload transition with an easy-to-use approach and tools that customers are already familiar with. 

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we will review VMware vCloud Connector and how customers of providers of vCloud Powered services can move workloads into the cloud using the vCloud Connector Client.

Built on VMware technology, vCloud Connector allows customers to seamlessly move data from their private vSphere environments to a hybrid or public cloud. By using vCloud Connector to access vCloud Powered clouds, customers can:

  • Extend the logical boundaries of the datacenter by taking advantage of public cloud resources.
  • Simplify management through a single pane of glass.
  • Consume public cloud resources with confidence. 
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For more information on vCloud Connector, be sure to check out David Davis’ post, vCloud Connector 1.5 – Must Knows.

Working with the vCloud Connector Client

To begin, VMware vCloud Connector must be started through the VMware vSphere Client or the vCloud Director client interface. 

  • Download the software from the VMware Web site
  • Configure the vCloud Connector Server
  • Install the vCloud Connector Nodes
  • Register nodes and user interface so they appear in the vSphere Client or on vcloud.vmware.com

The Installation and Configuration guide for vCloud Connector can be referenced for details regarding software installation and configuration. 

After the vCloud Connector software has been properly installed and configured, the vCloud Connector graphical user interface (GUI) can be accessed through either the vSphere Client or vmware.cloud.com.. Now, we will go through how to move workloads into the cloud by accessing vCloud Connector with the vSphere Client. 

The vCloud Connector client plug-in can be accessed through the Solutions and Applications section on the Home page.  

Move2To gain access to the cloud, simply add the desired cloud by selecting the name in the vCloud Connector window and entering the administrative username and password.  The cloud will be added to the cloud list and workloads can be moved into it as needed. 

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Once the cloud has been added, all it takes to move an existing workload from a private, enterprise infrastructure into a public or hybrid cloud is to select and copy it over. 

First, power off the virtual machines and vApps you intend to move. Log in to vCloud Connector and select the virtual machines and vApps that will be moved and click Copy.

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Next, we need to choose the cloud to which we want to migrate the workload.  Select a vApp template name and description and hit Copy. 

Note: if the source location is a vCloud Director cloud and the destination cloud is a vSphere cloud, the Source Catalog, cluster or host, resource pool, and datastore for the new instance must be specified.  

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Once you hit Copy, a progress indicator will update you on the copy status.  After the copying is complete, the workload will be listed in the Completed section of the Tasks pane.  The original workload will still be there on the source infrastructure where it can be deleted if so desired.  From there, simply power on the virtual machines and vApps to enable them for usage.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, when we will walk through working with vCloud Connector through a browser interface. 

Log on to Partner Central and download the whitepaper to learn more. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and@VMwareSP  for the latest updates on vCloud Connector and vcloud.vmware.com.