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The hybrid cloud has obvious advantages. Many enterprises have enjoyed the benefits of being able to easily migrate files, applications and full VMs between on-site data centers and public cloud. The downside is in the downtime. When VMs are unavailable, business productivity becomes problematic.

 

In many instances, access to public cloud resources remain separate from the on-premises private cloud. This is what leads to delays during migrations. Stretching the network and creating a unified data center with a single IP address can also be a challenge. The amount of time and energy needed to manage divided infrastructure just adds to datacenter costs and, oftentimes, to unhappy end users.

For current VMware customers, there’s an easy solution: VMware vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager. With Hybrid Cloud Manager (HCM), IT administrators can seamlessly extend on-premises networks to the cloud and integrate on and off-premises resources, allowing

 

Independent testing has shown a 70 percent reduction in the amount of time to migrate a VM using Hybrid Cloud Manager. Migrating a VM without Hybrid Cloud Manager on a 1 Gpbs connection took 27 minutes in this test. Using HCM on the same 1 Gpbs connection took less than 8 minutes — a 70 percent reduction — and the VM didn’t have to be powered down. Just imagine what IT administrators could accomplish with time savings like this!

 

Keeping critical business data secure and controlled doesn’t mean giving up the flexibility and scalability of a hybrid cloud, it just means IT teams need to find more dynamic solutions for avoiding downtime during the migrations that are inevitable for a growing enterprise.

 

Check out the recently published report Migrate a Virtual Machine Faster and With No Downtime from Principled Technologies. The report highlights the unique benefits of vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager by enabling VMware customers to save time and maintain availability through cloud migrations.