Thursday, 13 January 2011

Move your VMs to the cloud with VM Import from Amazon

VM Import enables you to easily import virtual machine images from your existing environment to Amazon EC2 instances. This offering allows you to leverage your existing investments in the virtual machines that you have built to meet your IT security, configuration management, and compliance requirements by seamlessly bringing those virtual machines into AmazonEC2 as ready-to-use instances. VM Import is available at no additional charge beyond standard usage charges for Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3.

To import your images, use the Amazon EC2 API tools to point to a virtual machine (VM) image in your existing environment. You then specify which Availability Zone and instance type you want to run in Amazon EC2, and VM Import will automatically transfer the image file, migrate the image and create your instance. Once you have imported your VMs, you can take advantage of Amazon’s elasticity, scalability and monitoring via offerings like Auto Scaling, Elastic Load Balancing and CloudWatch to support your imported images. Your instance will be up and running in Amazon EC2in as little time as it takes to upload your image.*

The VM Import process currently supports VMware VMDK images for Windows Server 2008 SP2. Amazon's notes they plan to import additional operating systems, versions and image formats in the future. In addition, we will enable exporting AmazonEC2 instances to common image formats. They also plan to make VM Import available via a plugin for VMware’s vSphere console in the coming months. To participate in a private beta of the vSphere console plugin, please email [email protected]

*The time required for VM Import is dependent upon your network connection speed and the size of the virtual machine image being uploaded.

Read more on VM Import here.

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