Amazon hooks into VMware's management platform

VMware users can now move virtual machines into Amazon's cloud with a familiar interface

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will help IT staff to move virtual machines to the AWS cloud with a new plug-in for VMware's management platform, AWS said on Friday.

The Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector is a plug-in for VMware vCenter Server. It is based on Amazon VM Import, a feature that was announced last year and allows IT staff to move to a virtual machine image from their existing VMware environment to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The Connector lets them do it using an interface they are familiar with, AWS said a blog post.

From the interface, administrators can specify the amount of compute capacity they need and where in Amazon's cloud they want to run the image.

The time it takes to import a virtual machine depends on the size of the disk image and the network connection speed. The progress can be monitored from the tasks and events tab of the vSphere Client, according to the blog post. Once the virtual machine has been imported, it can be launched from Amazon's AWS Management Console.

There are some prerequisites for a move to work: the virtual machine must be in a stopped state; run on Windows Server 2008 SP2, and use a virtual hard drive no larger than one terabyte.

The Connector can be downloaded from the AWS Developer Tools site, and is shipped as an OVF (Open Virtualization Format) template that can be deployed with the vSphere client. The OVF format is used package and distribute virtual machines.

Amazon is working on adding more tools for moving virtual machines, including an export feature that will allow users to create a virtual machine from an EC2 instance and support for more operating systems. The features are "still on the drawing board (but getting closer every day)," the blog said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Tags Amazon Web Servicesinternetcloud computingVMware

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?