VMware has had some disruptive innovations over the past twenty years such as vMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), and Instant Clones to name a few. More recently, VMware released one of their innovation crowned jewels in Hybrid Cloud Extension aka HCX. HCX is an application mobility platform designed for simplifying application migration, workload rebalancing and business continuity across datacenters and clouds. I have been using VMware Cloud on AWS for quite some time and one of my biggest frustrations was not being able to seamlessly move workloads from one Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) to another. In August of 2019, HCX released the preview for “SDDC to SDDC mobility”. I mention VMware Cloud on AWS because HCX is included with the VMWonAWS subscription and should be deployed and leveraged! For example, many VMWonAWS customers are using HCX for Cloud to Cloud (C2C) migrations as well as migrations from on-prem to cloud. HCX has many use cases as pictured below.
Last month, I demonstrated how to:
- Deploy HCX in two SDDCs in two Availability Zones
- Create a Site Pair
- Create a Service Mesh
- Deploy HCX IX, WAN Optimization and Network Extension
- Configure Layer 2 Network Extension
- Live vMotion (continuous ping across Network Extension to target SDDC)
- Bulk vMotion
- Protect VMs via HCX
- Troubleshoot Service Mesh deployments including redeploy of appliances
For more info regarding HCX you can go to the product page here and refer to my previous post. Enjoy!!!!